Five Red Dot awards ranks UID as no.1 for the 4th time

From a total of 4,698 entries from 60 countries, present and former UID students from the Master programme of Advanced Product Design and Bachelor programme in Industrial Design were recognised with five awards in the 2016 edition of Red Dot's Design Concept awards. Two of these were the prestigious 'Best of the Best' awards.

This year's wins ensured that the Umeå Institute of Design is ranked 1st on Red Dot's list of the best schools in Americas and Europe for the fourth time in five years. See the complete list here




The first Red Dot Concept award - Best of the Best was awarded to Jens Rehammar (Sweden) for his project Orion Dental Camera. Orion, which Jens developed during the term project Let Philips come even closer, provides dental monitoring of an entire family's oral health without the anxiety, cost, hassle and time spent on going to the dentist. Photography is used frequently in professional dental care. The information from the images can be used to determine the status of the enamel, possible cavities and inflammation in the gums etc. The Orion Dental Camera empowers the user with easy usage and cost-effective dental monitoring by adding to the knowledge from both software analysis and expert assessment from the user's dentist.




The second Best of the Best award was awarded to Alexander Turesson (Sweden) for his degree project Spinetec, which he carried out in collaboration with Atlas Copco. Spinetec is a visionary concept developed for the building industry's emerging need of being able to produce concrete structures and buildings in a more resource efficient and environmental friendly way. By rethinking and challenging the traditional way of producing reinforcement cages for concrete structures, infused with inspiration from rapid prototyping technologies and biomimicry, design opportunities opened up and resulted in the Spinetec concept.
Spinetec makes it possible to produce more optimized and dynamic building structures, directly on the building site, that are not only stronger and lighter but also cheaper. The building material will still be concrete and iron, but by using these in a slightly different and more optimised way, the material consumption can be reduced with up to 30%. On top of this the time, resources and environmental impact when transporting pre-fabricated cages will be avoided.




Cindy Sjöblom (Sweden) was awarded for her thesis project Tubie, a wearable tube-feeding system for an active, spontaneous and social everyday life.
Unlike traditional enteral nutrition systems, Tubie is designed with a focus on the users in a home environment and their need for a more active lifestyle and discreet usage in social environments. The product family consists of six parts; a nutrition pump and a wireless charging station, a nutrition bag and an external tubing, a wearable waistband and an application for a smart device to be able to control the pump.

Tubie is simply discreet due to its compact and wearable size that allows the user to wear it underneath the clothing, as well as controlling the pump via a smart device with an adaptable pre-alarm that sounds like any other text message or ring tone.





Rebecca Daum (Austria) received her award for her POC screwdriver, which she designed as a part of a 5-week Solidworks course during her first study year at the APD programme.




Simon Larsson (Sweden) received his award for his Bachelor thesis project ABT a concept for an autonomous baggage train for airports. The concept addressed the fact that airport staffs working with baggage handling are lifting up to 15 tonnes/day per person. Every bag gets lifted manually 6 times on its way from check in to the baggage drop band, which is why the work is very repetitive and often leads to back, shoulder and other kinds of physical problems. The ABT is a 9,5 meter long snake like vehicle designed for one purpose: To reduce the amount of manual lifting in the baggage handling process as much as possible. It removes 4 of today's 6 manual lifting moments that each checked in bag goes through and shortens the waiting time for the passengers.