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Muenchinger wins Fulbright to China

Product Design Program Director Kiersten Muenchinger will spend the 2015-16 academic year researching sustainable design innovation at Hong Kong Polytechnic as a Fulbright Fellow in Teaching and Research. 

Kiersten Muenchinger

 

Sonja Ellicott named Ray Hawk Award winner

Product Design Program undergraduate Sonja Ellicott will be awarded the Ray Hawk Award at the University Awards Presentation on Saturday, May 16, in the EMU Ballroom. The Ray Hawk award is presented to a senior member of Friars Honorary Society “who best exemplifies the essential qualities of: leadership in university life and promise of later leadership as a citizen; high scholastic achievement; service to others and the university; and contributions to improving the quality of undergraduate life at the university,” according to the website about the award.

Sonja Ellicott

 

Product Design Senior Project wins Groovystuff top prize

A Product design senior Sarah Goldner, majoring in product and material studies, has won the top prize in the Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge.  Sarah Goldner is also a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and was featured in an IDSA news article.  Read the full story on the IDSA site.

Sarah Goldner

 

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

 

New A&AA building news available on blog

The A&AA community continues to take steps toward creating its future home on University Street.  The location of the Phase I A&AA building is on the site of the current McArthur Court. To help keep interested constituents and stakeholders informed, a blog has been created to follow the progress of the “Phase I A&AA Learning and Innovation Hub” capital project. Here you can view documents and design studies that outline the design process, including reports, timeline, and correspondence. 

University Street

 

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

 

‘Portland Gear’ products take digital arts grad to professional level

Marcus Harvey, digital arts ’12, has developed a new “vintage athletic inspired” product line called Portland Gear. With the aim of representing “the new creative culture of Portland,” Portland Gear is already being sold in forty states and nine countries. While a UO student, Harvey developed an action sports brand, a concept that Portland Gear takes to a professional level. In the next few months Harvey will open a mobile pop-up shop in a vintage Volkswagon, and his three-year business plan includes a brick-and-mortar store in Old Town Portland.

Marcus Harvey

 

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