UID students win six Design Talent Awards at iF in Germany

Student projects from the Masters programme of Advanced Product Design, were awarded with six awards at iF's 2017 editions of the Design Talent Award. The winning projects were the following:

2017 If 1 Ahsen Gulsen

Ahsen Gülsen (Turkey) won with her concept CRIC which a new solution enabling first responders to preform the surgical cricothyrotomy procedure, a concept she developed during the Paramedics Project. Surgical cricothyrotomy is a life-saving procedure performed in order to establish a patent airway through the trachea. It is an effective but highly invasive procedure that requires skill and experience. The CRIC concept is based of insights, feedback and wishes from professional paramedics and is designed to offer quick and safe handling under the challenging conditions of pre-hospital contexts.

iF jury statement:"CRIC is a new type of surgical tool that combines the functionality of the two most basic tools within healthcare: the scalpel and the syringe, in order to provide a new, quick and safe method of performing the life-saving cricothyrotomy procedure."


2017 If 3 Rik Oudenhoven

Rik Oudenhoven (The Netherlands) won with the concept Vario he designed during a  project collaboration on Strategic Design for Bosch. Vario is a new type of cooking tool as a response to the increasing urbanization and people being forced to live in smaller, more efficient spaces. Through the use of a base plate with an integrated induction ring, for heat transfer, and a magnetic ring, for rotating motion, one can combine the most important functions in one kitchen device. A variety of different interchangeable tops extends the multi-functionality and enables for customization of the device to meet individual cooking needs.

iF jury statement:"This project uses a technological solution to present a kitchen unit with a multi-functional set of conveniences, but still emphasizes the action of cooking at home. It is a project that reflects a design combining a high-quality product with high-quality performance."


2017 If 2 Kristjan Juks

Kristjan Juks (Sweden) won an award with his DuoFlow concept, a new water mixer solution specially designed for the needs in the healthcare sector where the work environment can be stressful and where time is invaluable, The main takeaways from field research were that nurses at times have to clean their hands 40 times a day, that the water flow makes too much noise, that motion sensors are badly positioned, that complex shapes and too many split-lines make cleaning difficult, that switching between hot and cold is either impossible or difficult on automatic water taps and there is no way to regularly flush and clean the system with burning hot water. DuoFlow addresses all of these issues and was developed during the APD course exercise Hand Washing in Healthcare Settings.

iF jury statement:"Great idea, very helpful, high level of elaboration, solid, clinic and aesthetic design."


2017 If 4 Lina Trulsson

Lina Trulsson (Sweden) won with her concept Adoxy  for ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) treatment. ECMO treatment is basically an artificial lung providing a patient with oxygen outside of the body. When life or death can be decided in a matter of seconds, the equipment needs to be fool proof. During the research phase, the conclusion was that this is not always the case. Adoxy is therefore designed to be a compact ECMO system where the emphasis is put on simplicity, integration and safety.

iF jury statement:"This design has a good overall look. The designer has studied the problem and come up with a feasible concept that looks practical and ergonomic."

  2017 If 5 Ilteris Ilbasan

Ilteris Ilbasan (Turkey) won with his degree project Ubuntu. Due to the lack of capacity in hospital beds during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, contaminated and contagious patients were sent back to their communities and ended up infecting others. Ubuntu is a proposal for quick, low cost and dignified beds in case of an epidemic outbreak. The bed is made of locally produced bamboo, Tyvek® sheet and color-coded plastic zip ties for rapid assembly, resources that are lightweight, durable and easily accessible for rapid response anytime.

iF jury statement:"I think that this bed is a great product because it is environmentally friendly and, with its simple design, can be used worldwide wherever there is an epidemic outbreak of disease or health crisis. This makes it possible to reach people who could not be reached otherwise before."


2017 If 6 Peter Alwin

Peter Alwin (India) won with his degree project ASHA. About 7.8 million babies are born in India each year with low birth weight (under 2.5 kg). The mortality rate is as high as 20%, mainly due to a lack of literacy, awareness, and poor accessibility to local hospitals. ASHA workers (Accredited Social Health Activists) are women from the rural communities who have basic training from the hospital regarding birth and childcare, but they lack the tools to measure vital signs. ASHA is a tool that helps these women to check the baby's vitals easily, accurately and regularly in the home and to track the baby's progress.

iF jury statement: "Wonderful idea, great social value, very high level of elaboration. Easy and ergonomically obvious design, light and friendly."