University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


UO product design class takes on major public health issue

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.

A Product Design student uses special goggles that simulate impared vision while inspecting condoms.


National bike design finalists include UO alumni

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.

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UO condom research in 'Men’s Journal'

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.

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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.

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Avalanche rescue helmet wins international product design award

A helmet that integrates computing elements to reduce time in avalanche search and rescue has won an international prize for Product Design Program Assistant Professor Jason O. Germany.

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The Core77 Design Awards jury includes UO Product Design faculty

Kiersten Muenchinger, Director & Associate Professor  of the University of Oregon Product Design Program, was a member of the inclusive and global jury for the 2014 Core77 Design Awards for the Equipment category.  The Core77 Design Awards featured 17 different entry categories, with entries from around the world.  Entries spanned mulitple areas, including neonatal items and barcode scanners.  To view the full list of submissions in the Equipment category, visit the Core77 Design Awards page.

Kiersten Muenchinger


UO senior chosen for NCIIA program

A University of Oregon product design student has been selected as one of sixty-six university students nationwide to become University Innovation Fellows for Epicenter, a program collaborated through Stanford University and The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation. Claire Sakaguchi, a senior at UO pursuing a major in product design and a minor in business, will learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurial strategies during her participation with Epicenter. She is the first UO student to be admitted to the program.

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Wonhee Arndt in Top 10 women designers

Product Design Program Assistant Professor Wonhee Jeong Arndt has been named one of the Top 10 “Women in Industrial Design” by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). A selection of her work will be shown in a juried exhibition on Saturday, June 14, during San Francisco Design Week, June 13-20.

Wonhee Jeong Arndt


PD alum speaks in San Francisco about career success

A panel of Duck alumni will be speaking in San Francisco Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The panel consists of Kare Anderson, Bob Komin, and, recent Product Design grad, Robin Hubbard. They will be discussing how collaboration, personal branding, design thinking, and innovation can contribute to career success. This is also an opportunity to learn about the new Duck Career Network and meet fellow Bay Area alumni.

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A&AA professors receive Idea grants

Two very different research projects driven by A&AA faculty members have been awarded grants from the UO Idea awards program. While one project delves into the relationship between barnacle growth and ceramics, the other seeks to answer the microbial problem of poor indoor air quality. Both the “Barnacle Project” and “Office Oasis” received $5,000 through the UO Idea grant program. The Product Design Program matched the funds.

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