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Product Design Program


Product Design students competing in North Carolina exhibition

The University of Oregon’s Product Design Program has teamed up with furniture company Groovystuff, of Dallas, Texas, on an education-to-industry cross-cooperative partnership in “The Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge.” Groovystuff is cosponsoring thirteen UO students for the challenge, which takes place in High Point, North Carolina, from April 18-23. The winning design will receive a royalty for life as a licensed product in the Groovystuff catalog, in addition to a $250 cash prize.

PD postcard


Faste, Swanson collaboration opens April 16 at Bellevue Arts Museum

Collaborative works by Assistant Professor Trygve Faste, in the UO Product Design Program, and Instructor Jessica Swanson, in the Department of Art, are featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum featuring young designers in the Pacific Northwest. Faste and Swanson’s studio, "Something Like This Design," is an experimental studio that creates thoughtful, functional designs and ceramic work. A free preview party at the museum, in Bellevue, Washington, on April 16 from 6-9 p.m., will feature artists, curators, and collectors. The show runs through August 16. 

BAM invitation


Product design students win IDSA scholarship, merit award

Product Design Program bachelor of fine art candidates Hana Hiratsuka and Liz Zarro were honored recently for their work by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), earning invitations to the Western District Conference April 10-11 in San Jose, California. “I am thrilled that we have such great students in general and that we will have a strong presence in San Jose this year,” says Assistant Professor Trygve Faste, UO’s IDSA faculty adviser.

breath buddies


Recruitment Fair brings together 23 firms, 250 students

Twenty-three firms looking to hire A&AA graduates participated in the three-day 2015 Recruitment Fair sponsored by the Office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) in Lawrence Hall recently. Recruiters concluded the event by holding interviews with more than forty students. “We anticipate many students landed jobs and summer internships,” said Kassia Dellabough, director of PODS.

students speak with job recruiter


Director Kiersten Muenchinger featured in UO Today interview

Product Design Program director and a principal of the Green Product Design Network at the UO, Kiersten Muenchinger was featured on the Oregon Humanities Center UO Today program.  During the half hour show she covers the current Product Design Program, some of the noteworthy events, and future goals.  The UO Today program is made possible by the Oregon Humanities Center and the University of Oregon Libraries Center for Media and Educational Technologies.  

UO Today still from interview with Muenchinger


Product Design students win first place at Colligan User Interface Design Challenge

In the second annual Colligan User Interface Design Challenge three Product Design majors in the team WOMO, Chase Holenstein, Blake Hampton and Andrew Watson, won first place at the UO Ford Alumni Center on Thursday night.  Team WOMO beat out 38 other teams in a four-month long challenge with their mobile water consumption app.  To find out more about team WOMO and the Colligan Challenge, read the UO Research article.

Team WOMO at the Colligan Challenge


Trygve Faste featured in Artsy Editorial post

The latest Artsy Editorial post highlights works by Trygve Faste.  The post was published last month and shows some of his latest gallery works.  Artsy is a large, online publication with numerous online viewers, including the 125K Artsy Twitter followers.  The Editorial post is also available on our Artsy gallery profile page, Trygve Faste's artist page, and the pages of all artworks included.

Trygve Faste featured in Artsy Editorial post


John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Arndt awarded IDEA Grant

John and Wonhee Arndt, professors in the Product Design Program, were recognized this year with the University of Oregon's Idea Grant. The Idea Grant is awarded by the Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education for research exploring the boundaries of one's field as it relates to another field. Product design and microbiology are united in their Office Oasis project, where the ecosystem of the built environment is enhanced by nature.

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