From a total of 4,680 entries from 61 countries, present and
former UID students were recognised with two awards in the 2015
edition of Red
Dot's Design Concept awards.
The first award was given to ANNA
- a concept for a breathing assistant that helps children through
the procedure of anaesthesia. The lights and sounds of
ANNA helps children, who otherwise could be distracted and
intimidated by the hospital context, to focus their attention and
prompt them to inhale and exhale slower and deeper, speeding up the
sedation through a simple and friendly gamification.
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
Advanced Product Design programme.
The project also won
Core77's Interaction category in 2015.
The second award went to UNI - a concept for a unified
neonatal system, designed by Alexander Turesson and Cindy Sjöblom
(Sweden) from at the Advanced Product Design programme. The concept
was developed during the term project
Design Concepts for New CPAP Systems for Infants in Intensive
The concept consists out of a CPAP, Humidifier, Serialised water
bag, EDI and four Syringe pumps. A modular Ventilator/HFO unit is
also included in the system for more extreme situations. By
unifying the most used NICU equipment into one system, the UNI
system saves space, reduces the number of cables and hoses needed,
and creates a better overview of the NICU equipment. The UNI system
would not only be space saving, it would also result in a much
tidier and calmer work environment for the NICU personnel and more
pleasant experience for the patients.
The project was carried out in close collaboration with the
neonatal intensive care ward at the Umeå University hospital and
included studies of the workflow and the "chain of care", taking
into consideration functionality, clinical demands and the user
experience, seen from both primary and secondary users. The project
Core77's Commercial Equipment category in 2015.
This year's wins ensured that the Umeå Institute of Design was
once again, for the fifth year in a row, ranked in the top of Red
Dot's list of the best schools in Americas and Europe.