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Revolutionary research aims to create garments without waste

Beth Esponnette envisions a world in which clothing is made to order on a 3-D printer that builds each item with no waste in a process that could include scanning a person’s body measurements. After winning a Faculty Research Award, Esponnette, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Product Design, hired Sarah Hashiguchi, a Clark Honors College student majoring in product design and minoring in chemistry, to assist with the research. The Oregon Quarterly winter 2016 issue profiled their work.

Sarah Hashiguchi and Beth Esponnette explore chemical-reactive 3-D printing

 

Feast invites diners to take home place setting, chair

It’s not unheard of for a restaurant patron to sneak out with a spoon. But with a chair?  And at the request of the host? Students in a product design class at the UO are encouraging diners to do just that on December 2, when the class, “Feast for Fifty,” invites community members to connect with student work over a shared meal.

student works on ceramicware

 

UO product design teams take top prizes at QuackCon

The teams won big at the QuackCon competition, the country’s first sports and technology competition for developing innovative product designs. The hackathon synthesized engineering, programming, and athletics to create innovative sports product designs in a 36-hour blitz.

students at work on computers

 

'Kansei' research aims to link emotions to product design

Kiersten Muenchinger recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Hong Kong, where she analyzed ways to design consumers’ emotional responses into product features. Muenchinger, who directs the UO’s Department of Product Design, is the only American researcher working in that process, known as Kansei design. She hopes to expand UO exchanges with Asian universities that use Kansei methods.

Kiersten Muenchinger and students

 

Paralympics athletes get a boost in Rio from UO product design students’ concepts for wheelchair rugby gear

Wheelchair rugby athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympics this month are getting an edge from gear designed in part by students in a University of Oregon product design studio. A story in the October 2016 Portland Monthly shows how the US national team worked with UO in Portland students to create performance-boosting wearable designs, including arm guards and gloves.

 gear designed in part by students in a UO product design studio

 

A&AA students dominate national awards for zinc-based designs

UO Department of Product Design undergraduates won two of three possible $3,000 awards in the 2015-2016 INTERZINC Challenge, a theme-based competition which this year asked engineering and design students nationwide to design camping products made from zinc.

Tinderbox

 

New A&AA dean thinks globally, shares locally

For Christoph Lindner, the new dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, "university life-research, education, teaching-connects to everything." Lindner shares his enthusiasm about making those connections at the University of Oregon and A&AA's growing global reach. He brings his own far-reaching global experience to the table as well, having most recently come from Amsterdam. Read more at AroundtheO

Christoph Lindner

 

Women’s Olympics uniforms topic of UO professor’s research

Associate Professor Susan Sokolowski published an article, “A Visual History of Women’s Olympic Uniforms (1900-2016),” in For Her on August 2.

Susan Sokolowski

 

Nike’s new tennis dress a lesson in design dos, don’ts

Nike’s new women’s tennis dress, “the Premier Slam,” premiered at Wimbledon recently — but not without some skeptical reactions from players assigned to wear the outfit. The dress “is a tiny babydoll with two big slits along each side. Just try returning a 120-mile-an-hour serve in that thing,” observed Gigi Douban, reporter for “Marketplace,” broadcast live nationally on NPR stations and available online via podcast.

Sports Product Design

 

Product Design's Erdem Selek a winner in Belgian Biennale Interieur competition

A design by Assistant Professor Erdem Selek is one of just eighteen finalists among 157 entries from twenty-nine countries in the Objects category of the 2016 Belgian Biennale Interieur competition. Some 90,000 visitors will see Selek’s work during the event October 14-23 in Kortrijk, Belgium.

“Corrugated Ruler,” by Erdem Selek