University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


Faste recognized as Sony Scholar for outstanding work

Assistant Professor Trygve Faste of the Product Design Program was honored recently with a Sony Scholar award. The annual award recognizes outstanding junior faculty who have shown promise or demonstrated achievement in instruction, research, or both. The faculty selection committee also factors in the potential impact of the award on the faculty member's ability to further demonstrate achievement in teaching and/or research.

Steve Zimmer, Trygve Faste, Patrick Chinn


Product design major balances football, career classes

Fifth year BFA major Daryle Hawkins leads an intense dual life, packing in training and games as a Duck receiver with product design studios in Portland three times a week. Editor Rob Moseley spent a day with Hawkins to get an idea of how his passion for both design and football coalesce. Read the full story at

Daryle Hawkins


Around the O features Tana Sollars in the UO WEEK: in photos (through Oct. 23) gallery

The AroundtheO photo collage, "UO WEEK: in photos," is a collection of images from campus, classrooms and other places where the University of Oregon makes its mark.  This week features an image with Tana Sollars, undergraduate material and product studies student, and displays the "Traveler's Day Pack" she developed in Product Design 240.



Can design address global health?

Using interactive technology to improve education and human wellness is the focus of a colloquium October 23 exploring how technology, design, and cross–disciplinary education can solve global health issues. “The Edge of Educational Technology” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Lawrence Hall Room 177, 1190 Franklin Boulevard in Eugene.

Koehn Colloquia poster


Project by product design student a statewide winner

Thinking he was just one in a crowd, University of Oregon undergraduate student Alexander "Zander" Eckblad figured his chances were slim when he submitted his product design project into the inaugural Oregon BEST Red List Design Challenge.

Zander Eckblad and his prototype


Young alumnae designs accessories for Steve Madden in New York

Annah Kessler broke into the New York City fashion industry within two years of graduating from the University of Oregon’s Product Design Program. She had interned during school then was hired as a design assistant at Will® Leather Goods in Eugene upon graduating. Less than two years later, she became one of the youngest designers at Steve Madden. The shoes and accessories corporation is globally recognized as a leading company in the fashion industry. Kessler now works in the heart of the U.S.

Pocki "modular" Room Divider


Student chairs make NYC debut

Consumer Reports calls UO product design student Katie Lee’s café chair “one of the most inventive uses of laminate you might ever see.” Judges for the "Wilsonart Challenges..." — a student design competition — agreed, naming it the winner in the 2013 contest.

Katie Lee's chair


SCI featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

The Sustainable Cities Initiative was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education on May 20. The story shares the UO’s innovative community engagement model with the nation's higher education community. SCI is a cross-disciplinary program at UO involving architecture, landscape architecture, planning, product design, art, law, journalism and business. While the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) pioneered in Oregon, SCI has been training other universities interested in adopting the model and implementing a version of it in their local communities.

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UO students top finalists in building-products design competition

Two of the four finalists in an international design competition to foster nontoxic building products are University of Oregon students. The competition was open to both professional and student designers. The Red List Design Challenge carries $15,000 in cash prizes. The UO finalists are Zander Eckblad and Yin Yu. Eckblad’s submission proposes a nontoxic, plant-based cellulose nano fiber alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation.

Oregon Best screenshot