Student Designs


About one-fifth of home water use is due to laundry. If hand-laundering were increased, water and electricity use could be reduced. With its wave-like form, the pond sink was designed to encourage hand washing by eliminating the common barriers, such as a lack of space, the uncomfortable positioning of the body and the inconvenient use of a washboard.

Credits: Yoori Koo and Zhong-Fa Lie of Seoul National University of Science and Technology (South Korea)

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aura commuter cycle helmet

Aura addresses the issue of commuter cyclist safety, while providing a helmet that is appropriately styled for the urban environment. Its safety features include a built-in rear light and detachable wristband indicators to signal to other road users the cyclist’s intentions. When not in use, the indicators attach to the helmet.

Credits: Joseph Thomas of Loughborough University & Wonder Vision (United Kingdom)

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Pure Water Bottle

Pure is a water bottle designed for adventure tourists and world travelers that filters and sterilizes water from any source within two minutes. Pure contains two chambers. Dirty water is scooped up from a lake, stream or dirty puddle by the outer chamber. The inner chamber is then plunged through it, filtering water particles as small as four microns. Once filtered, the water is sterilized by a wind-up ultraviolet bulb.

Credits: Timothy Whitehead of Loughborough University (United Kingdom)

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The Note-Taker: A Product for Students with Low Vision

Students with visual impairments are often at a disadvantage in a typical classroom. They cannot see visual presentations or writing on the board. Many students with low vision and legal blindness are able to see at close distance if they hold the materials a few inches from their eyes. The Note-Taker is a portable device designed for these students, so that they may clearly see presentations and take notes.

Credits: Liqing Zhou and David Hayden of Arizona State University

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Veeb is a digital piano for musicians with a hearing impairment. Using three methods of interaction—aural, visual and tactile—Veeb offers a more engaging playing experience for those who don’t have perfect hearing. For example, each key vibrates at the specific frequency attributed to that note, providing musicians with accurate tactile feedback as they play.

Credits: James Gadd of Loughorough University (United Kingdom)

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HOC Ergonomic Power Tool For Victim Extrication

Most hydraulic cutting tools on the market today are designed for industrial use, not for rescue operations, and have poor usability and ergonomics. For this reason, they lack ease of use in highly demanding rescue operations where flexibility is key. HOC was designed specifically for rescue operations where every second counts.

Credits: Cenk Aytekin of Umea Institute of Design (Sweden) for Umea Fire Brigade (Sweden)

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Jenny - Baby Care Bed

Jenny is an incubator for premature babies that rethinks the role of the parents in neonatal intensive care units. It allows the mother to be physically closer to her child and creates a calm division between the environment of the intensive care unit and her child.

Credits: Thiago Antonelli of Umea Institute of Design (Sweden)

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COMMON SENSE is an art exhibit that examines the American Dream. Through a series of 13 works, the exhibit questions assumptions about the country’s history while showing common goals and dreams. It illuminates inequalities in society and the difficult choices facing the country. Finally, COMMON SENSE suggests possibilities for the future. It is a celebration that hopes to inspire visitors to imagine a better nation.

"Superbly curated, designed and executed COMMON SENSE creates a thought provoking commentary questioning the “American Dream” by uniquely melding art, artifacts, and info-graphics by Design to encourage inspired thinking." – Carrie Russell, IDSA, Senior Design Manager, Proctor & Gamble

Credits: Craig D. Stover and Karl C. Sluis of the College of Creative Studies

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Tent Water Collector

Water is scarce in many countries, especially in Africa. The modular Tent Water Collector provides an easy and effective method to turn rainwater into drinking water. The rain is collected inside the roof, which recesses as the volume of water increases. The water is then funneled through the filtering equipment attached to the underside of the roof and piped directly inside for cooking, drinking and washing.

"A compelling conceptual solution for developing countries that takes advantage of existing natural resources, simple technology and community dynamics to solve for this increasingly global safe drinking water crisis." – Carrie Russell, IDSA, Senior Design Manager, Proctor & Gamble

Credits: Haimo Bao, Zelong Wang, Yunfei Zhao, Huan Liu, Kui Zhang, Feng Zeng, Yu Fu, Song Qiao and Kun Xu of School of Design, Dalian Nationalities University (China)

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