University of Oregon product design undergraduate student Derek Sackmann is one of just three national award winners in a design competition to develop a lifting device made from zinc, winning $2,000 for himself and $1,000 for the Product Design Program at the UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The 2014-5 Interzinc Design Challenge attracted entries from schools across the United States and Canada. The annual competition, which requires zinc for the main component, challenged students this year to develop a lifting device designed to be produced in die-cast zinc.
A shoe designed by Product Design Program student Stefan Cristobal will be produced for shoe brand Android Homme in 2015 after Cristobal won the 2014 Pensole World Sneaker Championship.
Faculty members in business and product design are crafting new master’s degree programs. The Sports Products Initiative will offer two new degrees. The first to launch in fall 2015 will be sports product management and will be offered by the Lundquist College of Business.
Oregon Public Broadcasting featured Product Design Program Assistant Professor Trygve Faste on Saturday’s OPB "State of Wonder" radio program. Faste spoke with host April Baer about the intersection of studio art and design. Faste’s comments on OPB previewed a speech he’ll deliver this week at the international Industrial Designers Society of America conference in Austin, Texas.
This Friday in Portland is the final presentation day of the World Sneaker Championship at Pensole. It featurs 30 hand-selected design students from 16 different countries around the world, including a recent 2014 Product Design graduate, Stefán Cristobal, the only member from Oregon that is participating. The World Sneaker Championship will be a featured story on Sports Illustrated next week.
Tune in to OPB's, "State of Wonder" show tomorrow, August 9th, at noon and hear our own amazing Assistant Professor Trygve Faste talk about art & design. He'll be speaking on this topic next week at the international IDSA conference in Austin, TX, but it's much easier to hear him this way.
The University of Oregon Product Design students have once again been featured in the "AroundtheO" online news publication website. The focus this time is for an engaging class which focused on condom research and testing. Visit "AroundtheO" to read the complete story.
Online voting ends August 2 for The Bike Design Project, a national competition intended to develop the “next-wave urban bike.” One of the five finalist teams includes University of Oregon graduates whose “key influencers” include A&AA alumnus Tinker Hatfield of Nike, Inc.
A story in the current Men’s Journal features research by a UO Product Design Program class on how to design a next-generation condom. In a classroom laboratory, the students tested seventy different condoms on twenty attributes.
Zander Eckblad, BS ’14, materials and product studies, is among six entrepreneurs accepted into the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) to work with the City of Eugene to grow innovative technology businesses. Eckblad is the founder of Black Lodge Design Lab, which is developing environmental-friendly building materials using nanocellulose. RAIN, funded by $3.75 million from the Oregon Legislature, aims to help entrepreneurs turn new technologies into businesses that will create well-paid jobs. Eckblad was an Oregon BEST Red List Design Challenge winner in 2013.