Student Designs

Togi_Flat Magnetic Building Blocks

Togi_Flat Magnetic Building Blocks is a system of foldable, combinable magnetic blocks that allows children to create effortlessly, countless creative combinations. By folding and connecting Togi blocks, kids can create various and diverse forms such as animals and/or even different expressions or movement by having multiple color and shapes. Through this design, children can have a lot of fun using their imaginations to explore and discover their world.

Designed by: Zhong Pei Cheng of National University of Science and Technology


Synchrony, Music Therapy for Autism

Synchrony is a music therapy platform that helps parents and children with autism develop intimacy and promote understanding of each other through improvised music play. Designed to sound harmonious regardless of the user’s musical ability, it facilitates a mutually enjoyable music making process. Parent and child can coexist in a shared space, communicate nonverbally through music creation and engage in interpersonal play while working toward therapeutic goals.

Designed by: Kenneth Tay of Art Center College of Design


The Q’WIK 15

The Q’WIK 15 is a boating system for junior sailors and families. Many boats, especially those with high performance characteristics, are expensive for many families. This high cost is a major barrier to entry into the sport of competitive sailing and the primary issue addressed by the Q’WIK 15. With a modular deck and hull system, users are able to switch out the deck (the center area of the vessel) completely changing the functionality. Within 30 minutes, Q’WIK 15 can go from high performance racing sailboat to a family powerboat or rowing shell. The Q’WIK system also combats the high price point of traditional, composite vessels through manufacturing. Rather than using expensive composite materials, Q’WIK uses rotationally molded polypropylene for the hulls and thermoformed polypropylene for the deck—both over foamed aluminum sub-frames for structural support.

Designed by: John Gray Parker and Phil Caridi of Savannah College of Art and Design


Equality Award: Flo

Menstrual cycles often result in impoverished girls missing school and possibly suffering from infection, illness and isolation. Disposal pads can be expensive. The Flo kit presents an inexpensive system for cleaning, drying and carrying reusable menstrual pads so girls can feel confident and in control.

Designed by: Mariko Higaki Iwai, Sohyun Kim, Tatijana Vasily, Charlotte Wong, Benjamin Freedman


Monstas Interactive Exercise Toys

Monstas are interactive exercise toys for children with juvenile arthritis, a joint disease most common in the hands. Juvenile arthritis has no cure, but it can be taken into remission through constant exercise. But patients often find exercise is painful and see it as a chore—worsening the arthritis. Monstas helps children heal by teaching them how to exercise correctly using a game on the iPad® with exercise tools that are friendly and soft. Monstas consists of three tools targeting a different joint group of the hand: wrist, knuckles and mid-finger joints. Each tool is squeezed on top of the iPad to create different game movements. The tablet is able to recognize the tool through simple conduction and indicate that the exercise was achieved. Children play while getting healthier.

Designed by: Shirley Rodriguez of Art Center College of Design


SPI Award: IKO Prosthetic Creative System

IKO is a creative prosthetic system designed for children to explore and empower their creativity in a playful, social and friendly way. The project proposes a new mindset from current prosthetics. Missing a limb shouldn't be a disability for a child, when there is an opportunity to explore and augment potential by creating, playing and learning. The needs of a child with disabilities are not always related to physical activity but often to the social and psychological aspect; sometimes a functional element is everything they need, but other times it might be a spaceship, or a doll house, or a telescope, or a video game controller, or a swim fin. What if children could use their imagination to create their own prosthetics, their own tools according to their own needs?

Designed by: Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar of Umeå Institute of Design



For people who are visually impaired, having a meal can be a Herculean task. The design team experienced their dining conditions, and gained insight from their suggestions to design elegant tableware that enhances convenience for everyone. Tangibowls are based on the Asian dining culture, consisting of five bowls—one for rice, one for soup and three for sides. Magnets built inside keep the bowls stable on the tray; different textures help distinguish each bowl in an easier way. The bowls are easy to pick up and designed to help food slide into the mouth.

Designed by: Kyuhyun Lee and Bitnuri Kim of Hong-Ik University 


Cleanser Stamp

The Cleanser Stamp offers a fun and kid-friendly way to encourage children to wash their hands. It integrates a hand cleanser with an animal-shaped stamp that children can interact with, reminding them to wash their hands. The stamp leaves cleanser on the hand, inviting children to interact with the cleanser as they wash it off their hands.

Designed by Chih-Hsien Tsung, Chang-Chi Shih and Mu-Chern Fong of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

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AIRGO is a new type of handheld breaker, offering an effortless antifatigue demolition experience through an ergonomic design. The unique, supportive wheel-arm design makes AIRGO easy to lift out of concrete even when the chisel is jammed. By avoiding heavy loads, awkward body positions and repetitive lifting, AIRGO takes the strain off the worker, preventing various musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. 

Designed by Philip Nordmand Andersen of Umeå Institute of Design for Atlas Copco Industrial Design Competence Center

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Flux Snowshoe

The adaptable footprint of the Flux Snowshoe reacts to its environment. Its origami-inspired folding platform shrinks away as a hiker lifts their foot to take a step, then opens as they set their foot back down. Integrated crampons strap around a hiker’s boot to provide traction and connect to the snowshoe platform through a quick-release binding system.

Designed by Eric Brunt, IDSA of University of Washington

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