UID students win 7 Red Dot awards

Present and former UID students were recognised with seven awards included UID's first "Best of the Best" awards for two projects and a honourable mention in the 2014 edition of Red Dot's design concept awards. Seven of the eight recognitions were given to present or former students from the Masters programme of Advanced Product Design.

This year's impressive wins also ensured that the Umeå Institute of Design was ranked as number one for the third year in a row on Red Dots list of best schools in Americas and Europe.

Red Dot Award: Best of the Best

Neonook 

Dawid Dawod (Sweden) and Alastair Warren (New Zealand) won a Red Dot Best of the Best Award with Neonook, a concept designed to provide an optimal treatment environment for incubated infants by enhancing maternal comforting.

The Neonook concept was developed a term project focusing on designing critical care solutions for preterm infants undergoing breathing assistance treatment. A premature baby needs to relax and sleep as much as possible in order to grow and get stronger, enabling the infant to leave the critical care ward, and this is best achieved with direct contact between child and mother. However this contact is not always possible, and during these times Neonook simulates this mother-child contact within the incubator environment. Maternal biorhythms including voice, heartbeat, and breathing patterns are recorded and together with scent absorbing fabric effectively simulate the constant presence of the parent to the incubated infant. Leading research suggests that simulated maternal care is a beneficial means of treatment to help infants recover faster and more safely from a premature birth.

The project was acknowledged with Bronze in International Design Excellence Awards category for Medical and Scientific design.

IC

Alexander Turesson (Sweden) won a Red Dot Best of the Best Award  with his design concept IC an internal pipe cutting tool he developed during his first term project. The problem he observed on more than one occasion during the project's field study, was that the plumbers, and even construction workers, would benefit and save time if they had an efficient tool that could cut pipes from the inside out. Besides being inspired by wood routers, lathes and circular saws, IC also utilizes orbital drilling and the design includes features for optimal grip during operation, mounting on pipes with different diameters, adjustment of cutting width and depth and the reduction of the tool's size during storage and transport. IC also received Bronze in the International Design Excellence Awards category for Student Designs. 

Red Dot Award: Design Concept

AIRGO

Philip Nordmand Andersen (Denmark) won with his degree project AIRGO a new type of handheld breaker, offering an effortless anti-fatigue 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. Earlier this year the project won Core77s Equipment category and received Silver in the International Design Excellence Awards category for Student Designs.

Gerridae

Ilteris Ilbasan (Turkey) won two awards with two different projects. The first was the result of his first term project where the challenge was to envision concepts for new types of commercial vehicles. Ilteris chose to conceptualize a new type of harvester. The result was Gerridae a harvester designed for minimizing ground damage in the forest during the forestry operations and harvesting. With an extendable counter weight, the vehicle's total weight is reduced by almost half compared to the current harvesters in the market. The vehicle's flexibility also provides other benefits as easy transportation, better access to cabin, better articulation in the forest and enhanced visibility.

Align

The second award was won with his concept of an electric screwdriver with a build-in and easy-to understand auto-levelling feature. The auto-levelling feature utilizing laser measuring the ceiling height, ensures that the second drilled hole or applied screw will be levelled out compared to the first hole or screw. Indication on how the user should position the screwdriver up and down is shown with light indication on the back of the product.

Enyo 

Aaron Wansch (Austria) won with his vision of Enyo, a new kind of social table-top cooking experience with a closed-loop cooking technology. The concept also features an adjustable ceiling element with build in projectors helping creating a detailed graphical user interface on the cooking surface before and during the actual cook begins.

Cindy's stroller

Cindy Sjöblom (Sweden) won with her degree project from UID Bachelor programme. The project addressed the problem that there is no alternative as a stroller for the disabled parents who are in use of a manually wheelchairs. The projects starting point was phrased with: "How can a wheelchair user move a child at the age of 0-2, for longer distances with a focus on independency and safety for both adult and child?". The project resulted in a stroller that easily can be connected on and off different types of wheelchairs due two simple one-time adjustments. 
The user can easily move the stroller aside after driving by sliding down the rear wheels of the stroller. This also gives the possibilities for a walking person to use the stroller.

Red Dot Award: Honourable Mention

Triage 

Anton Hoffman (Sweden) received a honourable mention with his concept Moment Triage System. In a mass casualty situation the rescue personnel are depending on a correct patient prioritization, a triage, to be able to perform a successful operation. This product-set contains of two kinds of physical products connected to each other, one sensor patch that is attached to each victim that visually indicates the patient condition and status, and one input device carried by the paramedics, which streamlines, simplifies and speeds up the process resulting in a more correct and precise prioritization during what is often chaotic circumstances,  with the outcome that more lives are saved.