UID students win three Core77 Design categories

For the first time, students from the Umeå Institute of Design won three of the categories in the 2015 edition of the Core77 Design Awards. The categories won were Commercial Equipment, Interaction and Open Design. On top of the three category wins, the institute had ten additional projects in the finals in five different categories, resulting in an additional five runner-up and seven notable recognitions.

2015 Core77 1 Commercialequipment

Alexander Turesson and Cindy Sjöblom (Sweden), from at the Master programme of Advanced Product Design (APD), won the Commercial Equipment category with their concept UNI. The concept was developed during the term project Design Concepts for New CPAP Systems for Infants in Intensive Care. The project focused on the development of efficient, friendly and compact hardware solutions for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment for premature born babies. The project was carried out in close collaboration with the neonatal intensive care ward at the Umeå University hospital and a Swedish medical technical company. The project included studies of the workflow and the "chain of care" at the hospital, taking into consideration functionality, clinical demands and the user experience, seen from both the perspective of the professional care givers, the parents and the infant and their different needs. Please click this link to listen to the jury's 4-minute argumentation for why the project was selected as this year's winner.

Besides the honour of winning the category the jury also chose to "bend the rules" and selected four individual student projects from the APD programme's term project LKAB Mining Project as runner up's. Please click this link to listen to the jury's 4,5-minute argumentation for why they decided to do this.

2015 Core77 2 Interaction

The Interaction category was won by the concept ANNA. The concept addresses the design opportunity of utilizing sound and light to create a simple and friendly gamification solution to distract the attention of children who have to inhale sedation in a hospital context. The concept was developed during the Industrial Sound Design course, as a group effort by Trieuvy Luu (The Netherlands) and Lars Sundelin (Sweden) from the Interaction Design programme, and Janis Beinerts (Latvia) and Sebastian Aumer (Germany) from the APD programme. Please click this link to listen to the jury's argumentation for why the project was selected as this year's winner. 

2015 Core77 3 Opendesign

Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar (Colombia) won the Open Design category with the concept IKO. The project was a conceptual study on how children's prosthetics could be created and modified by the children themselves. The basic idea was to create a system designed to encourage children to explore and empower their creativity in a playful, social and friendly way through their prosthetics. The concept was Carlo's degree project from the APD programme, and was sponsored and carried out in collaboration with LEGO FutureLab and the Colombia organisation Cirec. Please click this link to listen to the jury's argumentation for why the project was selected as this year's winner. 

2015 Core77 4 Runnerup Notable

The image above shows the ten projects that, besides the three category winners, were selected for the finals and ensured the institute an additional five runner-up and seven notable recognitions in the categories of Commercial Equipment, Interaction, Open Design, Built Environment and Furniture & Lighting.