University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


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.

San Francisco Event


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.

barnacle project


Product Design Program students’ work on display at Milan Design Week

The University of Oregon Product Design Program is showing work in Milan, Italy, during the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano, also known as Milan Design Week. The event is the global benchmark of the home furnishing industry.

product design


Students refine cup design for campus

A student-designed and created drinking cup from the ARTC 410 “Prototyping and Manufacturing” course may end up on a table in Carson Dining Hall or the A&AA Willcox Hearth in the future. The experimental course, under way in winter 2014, combines the disciplines of product design and ceramics and introduces students to social practice, design, and manufacturing. The class instructs students to formulate a design for a cup that is suitable for UO campus food vendors.

Gillis, Arndt


Class takes on challenge of condom design

Bulging bags of used condoms adorned tables less than an hour after students arrived. Comments including “Oh wow, that is really gross, it looks like a worm,” and “That’s, like, no lubrication, it’s already dry” could be heard as forty-five students clustered in small groups, laptops open to spreadsheets, iPhone stopwatches primed, cobalt blue plastic phalluses upright on tables before them.

condom testing


Students’ mobile apps win $5,000 in prizes

Six students from the Product Design Program recently took home $5,000 in prize money from a “Shark-Tank”-style competition—dubbed “Duck Tank”—open to students across campus to develop a new mobile app. A total of $15,000 was handed out to four interdisciplinary teams to help them take their ideas to the next level.

Team T-Back


Trygve Faste design the Link Shelf is finalist in Furniture Design Award Singapore

  A design from Assistant professor Trygve Faste, the Link Shelf, has been accepted into the Furniture Design Awards (FDA) in Singapore for the final judging that will take place on March 11th. Only 6 entries from the Designers Category were selected into the final round of judging from hundreds of submissions received from around the world.

Trygve Faste - the Link Shelf


Colligan User Interface Design Challenge

  The Colligan User Interface Design Challenge is an interdisciplinary competition that was designed to challenge students to create their vision for a new mobile interface application under the theme "Making Mobile Meaningful."

The Colligan User Interface Challenge is an interdisciplinary competition that was designed to challenge students to create their vision for a new mobile interface application under the theme "Making Mobile Meaningful."