University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


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.  

Video screenshot


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


Muenchinger among top 30 design educators

Kiersten Muenchinger, the Tim and Mary Boyle Chair in Material Studies and Product Design at UO, has been selected by DesignIntelligence as one of the “30 Most Admired Educators for 2015” from more than a thousand educators across the United States.

Epic Challenges class


Product Design Student lands internship with the Amazon Concept Lab

Claire Sakaguchi, a Product Design major, competed with her team IRIS in the 2013 Colligan User Interface Design Challenge.  Her team earned a second place in the competition, but Sakaguchi earned much more – an internship with the Amazon Concept Lab, one of the most desireable tech firm internships available.  To find out more about Sakaguchi and her experiences participating in the Colligan Challenge,

Sakaguchi at the Colligan Challenge


Majors Fair showcases all A&AA offerings

The annual A&AA Majors Fair is scheduled this year for Thursday, October 23, from 4-6 p.m. in Lawrence Hall. The event offers a relaxed atmosphere where all undecided, “redeciding” and exploring students can speak personally with faculty members, professional advisers, and student representatives from A&AA.

majors fair