A&AA professors receive Idea grants

Two very different research projects driven by A&AA faculty members have been awarded grants from the UO Idea awards program. While one project delves into the relationship between barnacle growth and ceramics, the other seeks to answer the microbial problem of poor indoor air quality. Both the “Barnacle Project” and “Office Oasis” received $5,000 through the UO Idea grant program. The Product Design Program matched the funds.

barnacle project

Product Design Program students’ work on display at Milan Design Week

The University of Oregon Product Design Program is showing work in Milan, Italy, during the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano, also known as Milan Design Week. The event is the global benchmark of the home furnishing industry.

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Students refine cup design for campus

A student-designed and created drinking cup from the ARTC 410 “Prototyping and Manufacturing” course may end up on a table in Carson Dining Hall or the A&AA Willcox Hearth in the future. The experimental course, under way in winter 2014, combines the disciplines of product design and ceramics and introduces students to social practice, design, and manufacturing. The class instructs students to formulate a design for a cup that is suitable for UO campus food vendors.

Gillis, Arndt

Trygve Faste design the Link Shelf is finalist in Furniture Design Award Singapore

  A design from Assistant professor Trygve Faste, the Link Shelf, has been accepted into the Furniture Design Awards (FDA) in Singapore for the final judging that will take place on March 11th. Only 6 entries from the Designers Category were selected into the final round of judging from hundreds of submissions received from around the world.

Trygve Faste - the Link Shelf

Class takes on challenge of condom design

Bulging bags of used condoms adorned tables less than an hour after students arrived. Comments including “Oh wow, that is really gross, it looks like a worm,” and “That’s, like, no lubrication, it’s already dry” could be heard as forty-five students clustered in small groups, laptops open to spreadsheets, iPhone stopwatches primed, cobalt blue plastic phalluses upright on tables before them.

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Students’ mobile apps win $5,000 in prizes

Six students from the Product Design Program recently took home $5,000 in prize money from a “Shark-Tank”-style competition—dubbed “Duck Tank”—open to students across campus to develop a new mobile app. A total of $15,000 was handed out to four interdisciplinary teams to help them take their ideas to the next level.

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Colligan User Interface Design Challenge

  The Colligan User Interface Design Challenge is an interdisciplinary competition that was designed to challenge students to create their vision for a new mobile interface application under the theme "Making Mobile Meaningful."

The Colligan User Interface Challenge is an interdisciplinary competition that was designed to challenge students to create their vision for a new mobile interface application under the theme "Making Mobile Meaningful."

Faste recognized as Sony Scholar for outstanding work

Assistant Professor Trygve Faste of the Product Design Program was honored recently with a Sony Scholar award. The annual award recognizes outstanding junior faculty who have shown promise or demonstrated achievement in instruction, research, or both. The faculty selection committee also factors in the potential impact of the award on the faculty member's ability to further demonstrate achievement in teaching and/or research.

Steve Zimmer, Trygve Faste, Patrick Chinn

Product design major balances football, career classes

Fifth year BFA major Daryle Hawkins leads an intense dual life, packing in training and games as a Duck receiver with product design studios in Portland three times a week. Editor Rob Moseley spent a day with Hawkins to get an idea of how his passion for both design and football coalesce. Read the full story at

Daryle Hawkins