University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


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


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.

Hanging VOC Remediation Planter


Product Designers top the Pac-12 All-Academic Team

Product Design Program students Ally Aschbacher and Matt Melancon have been named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic Team, while Cole Watson earned an honorable mention.

Cole, Ally, Matt


Tinker Hatfield Design a Shoe Workshop Video

The Tinker Hadfield Design a Shoe Workshop video is now up on the Architecture and Allied Arts YouTube channel.  You can view the full video below.  

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Trygve Faste and Jessica Swanson featured in Sight Unseen article

Two Product Design program instructors, Trygve Faste and Jessica Swanson, were featured in an article on Sight Unseen, an online magazine focusing on design, art, fashion, and photography.  Read the article by Rita Clare for the complete story on Trygve Faste and Jessica Swanson.  

Sight Unseen Eye Candy article image