Record number of 11 iF awards to Umeå Institute of Design

From nearly 11.000 valid entries to iF's student design award in 2016, 100 projects were awarded with an iF student design award. Seven of these, a new record for the Umeå Institute of Design, were awarded to students from the Master programme of Advanced Product Design (APD). On top of this, APD students also won four prestigious awards in the Haier Design Prize, in the Hansgrohe Design prize and the Bodyfriend Design prize, all organised by iF.

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 worldwide.

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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 the future.

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 seconds.

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 well-harmonized."




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 solution!"




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 therapy.

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!"