Due to these wins Umeå Institute of Design is now for the first
time, ranked as the best design school in the world on iF's
university ranking of the most awarding winning design schools
Rebecca Daum (Austria) won two iF student
design awards, one for each of the term project results she created
during her first study year at the APD programme.
The first project was the Autoloader-Haultec concept. The
Autoloader is an autonomously working loading machine that is able
to split rocks that are too big for immediate processing. Smart
haul-dump Haultec wagons are responsible for transporting the ore.
An uninterrupted free flow of ore is provided and increases the
efficiency of the mine.
iF jury statement:"Very well-presented project.
Clearly identifies the problem and presents the solution. Brings
efficiency to the loading process by separating the hauling and
dumpling processes. The vehicle can be extended and can become
compact in a very practical way. Has a distinctive product language
within the range of the products in the same category."
The second project Rebecca won with was SkinScan, which is a
product concept facilitating quick and easy scanning for skin
cancer in the home environment. The check is first done through a
visual inspection. A 3D scanner detects cancerous melanomas and
compares this to previous scans. If a suspicious area is detected
it is checked by electrical impedance spectroscopy, a method used
to check the structure of the skin tissue. SkinScan is designed to
be a natural apart of the user's life and the self-care cycle of
iF jury statement:"SkinScan is a well-designed device for an
easy skin cancer home inspection. The earlier the cancer is
detected, the higher are the chances to survive."
Jens Rehammar (Sweden) won an iF student design
award for the Orion Dental Camera. Orion 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.
iF jury statement:"As a product of our times, this dental
camera solves a problem that is prevalent in many parts of the
world in a technically brilliant way. The overall quality of the
concept had us convinced. The product design and the app are both
structured very clearly and very simply."
Sebastian Aumer (Germany) won an iF student
design award for Xplode Safety Charger, concept for a modular
mining vehicle for charging explosives in mines. Handling
explosives in mines is dangerous work that needs both a great deal
of caution and flexibility. The Xplode Safety Charger accelerates
the process and provides protection for the worker charging the
explosives, while also offering full flexibility.
iF jury statement: "I like the idea of implementing
appropriate shields for human operator in an extreme environment
that's threatening safety, not only the attempt to increase
performance of the machine. The modular concept is stunning
although it might require some extra attention to accessories such
as special outrigger and/or formal, structural description of the
vehicle as a whole."
Jost Siebert and Darja Wendel
(Germany) won an iF Student Design Award for their Eversafe
concept. In case of a gas alarm at an oil, gas or chemical plant,
workers need to hold their breath immediately and locate an escape
hood before being able to leave the site.
The Eversafe Rescue Helmet combines such an escape hood with an
ergonomic safety helmet that is easy and intuitive to use while
allowing the user to keep their glasses on. By simply pulling the
two blue handles, the mask is released from its protective covers
and positions itself correctly over mouth and nose in less than two
iF jury statement: "What first-aid protection in a quick
snap! The blue handle solution that's not obtrusive, yet grabbable
enough even with heavy-duty clothing is very intuitive and
appropriate. The ever-ready concept without any costly, extra
assistance of this design gets all the credit."
Cindy Sjöblom (Sweden) won with her thesis
project Tubie, a wearable tube-feeding system for an active,
spontaneous and social everyday life. The product family consists
of a nutrition pump and a wireless charger, a nutrition bag and
tube, as well as of a wearable waistband. The compact sized pump,
as well as the shape and placement of the nutrition bag allow for
simpler, more active and discreet usage.
iF jury statement: "Very elegant and good solution that
doesn't stigmatise the user. Nice and convincing presentation of
the idea and concept."
Aaron Wansch (Austria) won with Orallux.
Orallux rethinks how medical professionals perform examinations of
the tongue and mouth cavity by combining the need of holding a
sterile tongue stick with a powerful light source. The product is
automatically activated when a new stick is inserted and
deactivated by removing the stick with the release slider. The
metal clip at the back adds a trustworthy appearance and can be
used to clip the product to coat pockets.
iF jury statement:"Diagnostic lightstick solves the problem
of current doctors to use both hands or use lamp on their forehead.
This product helps the accuracy of examination, hygiene and ease of
use hence, function and design concept are
Jakob Dawod (Sweden) was one of only ten
winners in the Haier Design Prize. This competition, arranged for
the third time by iF for the Chinese household-appliance
manufacturer, had the theme: Brand New Life: The Happiness of the
New Generation. Jakob won with his project Eco-Pulse, a concept for
a new type of shower control unit that he designed during his first
course at the APD programme.
iF jury statement: "This little water control terminal
provides users with a self-explanatory operating experience. The
water saving concept is another product highlight."
Rik Oudenhoven (The Netherlands) won awards in
both the Hansgrohe Design Prize and the Bodyfriend Design Prize
with his shower concept Lumen, which he designed during his first
course at the APD programme. The Hansgrohe Design Prize arranged
for the sixth time by iF for the German bathroom and sanitary
fittings specialist, had the theme of Efficient Water Design:
Digitalizing the Modern Bathroom.
Lumen is inspired by the rising sun. During a shower session the
light will emit the required amount of sunlight needed per day. The
shower also has an integrated boiler, so users will no longer have
to wait for the shower to heat up, which also helps saving roughly
30% of water.
iF jury statement (Hansgrohe): "A wonderful shower combining
water and light. Beautifully designed and well thought-through -
right down to the last detail. An integrative design solution that
links physical and digital design perfectly with one another. A
great overall concept!"
iF jury statement (Bodyfriend): "A very innovative lifestyle
product that adds sunshine to the cleaning process. Lumen is the
answer to a real challenge to all designers. A really intelligent
Sebastian Aumer (Germany) won the
2nd prize in the Bodyfriend competiton and was awarded
40.000 USD for his concept Mento. The Bodyfriend Design Prize was
arranged by iF for the first time. The theme was Health Innovation:
Open your inspiration.
Mento is a wearable device that helps keeping track of ones
stress level by checking the heart rate via HRV scanning
technology. It can be connected via Bluetooth to a smart phone or a
tablet and alarms if ones stress level approaches a harmful level.
While wearing Mento the user can listen to music via bone
conduction technology and relax neck muscles through heat
iF jury statement: "Compared to other similar ideas, this
concept has already been very well thought through, but it also
still exhibits a lot of potential. For example: an app could
collect the user's information and forward it to the desired
recipient(s). Well done!"