Three category winners from UID

The international design competition Core77 Design Awards, has championed the principles of inclusivity, innovation, and excellence since 2011. Professionals and students from all over the globe are rewarded in 14 different categories. For the fifth time, the Commercial Equipment category was won by an Advanced Product Design student from Umeå Institute of Design, Lina Trulsson. Students from UID received a total of 15 awards, including three category winners.


2017 Core77 1 Winners

Lina Trulsson (Sweden) won the Commercial Equipment category with her concept Adoxy, which she developed during her degree project ECMO - Last chance treatment. The Adoxy is a concept for a compact ECMO system that reduces cables, automates and streamlines the entire operation. ECMO stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, which means that it is an artificial lung outside of the body providing the patient with oxygen. The oxygenator's placement has been made more accessible and protected for both safety and usability. The most vital part of the unit can be released from the cart used at the hospital and mounted on a smaller transportation cart used during medical transports in ambulances, airplanes or helicopters. Adoxy reduces the chances of human error by easier handling and fewer steps in the process, thereby assisting the staff during an already complex and stressful workday.


2017 Core77 2 WinnersIlteris Ilbasan (Turkey) went on a landslide whith his project Ubuntu in the Core77 Design Awards. Not only did it win the Built Environment category, but was also acknowledged with Notable awards in three additional categories (Commercial Equipment, Design for Social Impact and Open Design)! Ilteris developed Ubuntu during his degree project as a reaction to the insufficient capacity of hospital beds during the Ebola Outbreak 2014-2016 in West Africa. It is a proposal for a new type of a low cost and dignifying bed that offers quick on-site assembling using locally produced materials, like bamboo, zip ties and disposable sheets of Tyvek®. The Tyvek® functions as mattress and barrier between the beds and the sheets will come as one large roll with all the needed instructions printed on it.


2017 Core77 3 WinnersTais Mauk (USA) won the Open Design category with her degree project Code Roads. The concept is a modular children's toy that helps kids learn the fundamentals of coding logic. By making these abstract concepts tangible, kids gain a concrete roadmap of how code behaves. By making this toy essentially a hacking toolkit with emphasis on automation, it pushes children towards finding applications in their own life. Whereas in traditional coding education there is typically a huge leap between learning concepts and being able to create something useful or rewarding with them, Code Roads encourages immediate implementations in a playful way.

 2017 Core77 4 Runnerup Notable

Three Runner Up (R) awards were acknowledged in the two following categories: 

Interaction:  TreeSense: Embodied Storytelling by Yedan Qian (IxD) and Xin Liu (MIT Media Lab). ORI, Design For Death by Justyna Fryczak, Mehek Sharma, Zhi Wang (IxD) and Melissa Mahmutovic, Lu Zheng (APD).

Commercial Equipment:  CORE - The future Arborist by Jens Rehammar and Joe Richardson (APD).

Nine Notable (N) awards were acknowledged in the five following categories: 

Interaction:  SNASK by Frida Stenlund, Klio Rapakoulia (IxD) and Sebastian Miura (APD). Superbleeper: play, music & math by Mariano Velamazán (IxD). GOOD FOOD - Empowering Food Decisions by Thuy Nguyen (IxD). Mr Speaker - An Intelligent Voice Interface for the Future of News by Emily Keller (IxD).

Commercial Equipment:  AERO by Susanne Duswald and Janis Beinerts (APD). Ubuntu by Ilteris Ilbasan (APD).

Open Design:  Ubuntu by Ilteris Ilbasan (APD).

Design for Social Impact:  Ubuntu by Ilteris Ilbasan (APD).

Service Design:  SNASK by Frida Stenlund, Klio Rapakoulia (IxD) and Sebastian Miura (APD).