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Quick fire questions with UID graduates

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As the UID Degree Show draws closer by the hour, students often find themselves in a whirlwind of emotions, trying to prioritize and manage their time as best they can. UID graduates Caroline Larsson, Isabel Andersson and Adam Hägg give their take on the hectic final weeks of their degree projects.

Caroline Larsson - BFA Industrial Design

 Caroline Larsson

Your project in a nutshell?

My concept, called TOPI, aims to ease allergy vaccination for young children by connecting patients, parents and doctors. One product for the child, an app for the parent and it's all connected to the doctor's digital systems and logs. The product collects information about how the child is feeling and the context in which he or she is located. Based on the gathered information, physicians should be able to calculate the allergy dose they need to give in order to avoid an allergic reaction. Today, it is quite unclear what dose they can give depending on unreliable measurement systems. Unfortunately, a lot of the responsibility is placed on the child providing the information about their well-being which can be difficult enough for an adult. I wanted to do something about this situation.

What was the biggest challenge getting ready for UID17?

The getting ready part! I finished at half past four in the morning on the day of my oral presentation. So, no, there has not been too much sleep. But it's all because you want to show your project int the best light that you can and really perform to the best of your ability. In all honesty you really want to just keep developing the project, keep refining it, and do it justice. I would have loved to get a few more weeks. But I'm satisfied, I have to say.

What has your UID experience been like?

Intense, amazingly fun and above all developing. It is so inspiring to see all the classmates' work at the end of the semester because they have come so far. Before I started here I had taken independent courses so I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into and I have to say that my expectations have really been fulfilled.

Where do you go now?

I have applied to the APD Masters Programme and I got in!. So, I'll be back for next semester. I can't really think about that right now but of course it will be a lot of fun.

 

Isabel Andersson - MFA Interaction Design

 Isabel Andersson

Your project in a nutshell?

My project emphasizes the interaction with our body in everyday life. The concept aims to bring attention to your own body and encourage you to express and move your body. The product is a wearable that I hope can inspire people to move more often and more spontaneously throughout the day. It does so by vibration patterns along your spine and shoulders.

What was the biggest challenge getting ready for UID17?

The biggest challenge was to get everything done for all the different venues that we communicate through. The exhibition is one thing of course. Then you need a physical representation, a prototype, to communicate your work. You also have to produce an academic report and then there's final oral presentation at the event. Of course, you also need to put stuff on the UID website as well as your own websirte as part of getting your portfolio ready for companies to look at. Many balls to juggle at the same time!

What has your UID experience been like?

Oh, I've been here for five years now. Looking at UID17 as a whole and also talking to companies it really feels like the school is on a good path. The process we have here is clearly applicable to industry and what we do here seems to makes sense in the collaboration with the real world outside. At the same time, we are encouraged to go beyond and to explore and dare to be rough and unrefined. On another note, I would like to see a little bit more encouragement for the amount of work that students put in. I think people at UID, as well as companies, are sometimes so eager to improve on your product that they perhaps occasionally forget to give positive feedback on the work that's already been done.

Where do you go now? 

I have my eyes set on Gothenburg. Right now, I'm tracking down companies and having a dialogue with them. It's looking very promising, that's all I can really say.

 

Adam Hägg - MFA Transportation Design

 Adam Hagg

Your project in a nutshell?

It's a two-seater sports car intended for q big city environment in 2040. It's designed as a car sharing product, that is a service that offers the sharing of a pool of cars in a city, targeted at a young urban audience. You pay by subscription and then you have access to these cars located everywhere around town. What's unique about this concept is that the exterior of the car changes its visual expression depending on whether it is shared or occupied. It is also designed for a rebellious younger target audience.

What was the biggest challenge getting ready for UID17?

The hardest thing has been the engineering aspects of building the physical model in fact. Shaping the model in CAD and calculating how everything is supposed to be manufactured to the slightest detail. That has been the hardest, it requires a lot of planning and problem solving.

What has your UID experience been like?

Intensive. Frustrating and developing. Very frustrating and very developing.

Where do you go now? 

It will probably be something transport-related in Gothenburg where I have a few interesting leads. Fingers crossed!