ANNA, a design concept that was created during the Industrial
Sound Design course last study year, in collaboration between the
Advanced Product Design (APD) programme and the Interaction Design
(IxD) programme, received two prestigious awards at this year's
IxDA ceremony. The concept won the 'Best in Category' in the
Engaging category and was also acknowledged as 'Best Student'.
ANNA is a concept for a breathing assistant for children,
helping them through the scary process of sedation before surgery.
The device combines light and sound into a fascinating game. The
concept was developed by Trieuvy Luu (The Netherlands) and Lars
Sundelin (Sweden) from the masters programme in Interaction Design,
and Janis Beinerts (Latvia) and Sebastian Aumer (Germany) from the
masters programme in Advanced Product Design. All four students are
presently doing internships around the world and are expected to
resume their studies in Umeå in the fall. This is the third time
the ANNA concept is acknowledged internationally, last summer the
concept won the prestigious Core77
Interaction category and during the autumn it also won a
Design Concept award .
"This project is an example of a fantastic result from our
intense sound design course where students from Interaction Design
and Advanced Product Design get together and starts to explore and
create from the same inspirational 'jumping-off point' - sound"
Thomas Degn, senior lecturer and programme director for the
Advanced Product Design programme says "and it seems like it´s a
good strategy combining these two disciplines, since it´s the
second time a result from this short course wins multiple awards at
IxDA. Back in 2013 the 100 BPM concept won three IxDA awards in one
The ANNA concept was developed during a two-week course in sound
design that is part of the curriculum for the two master programs.
This creative form course includes experiments and shorter
exercises designed to investigate the
topics of sound, imagery,
action and form and the interaction between these. The course ends
with a conceptual project assignment in which students explore and
design a product of their own choice with coherent form- and sound
"Looking back at the process, it is unbelievable how much we can
do in just ten days with a multi-disciplinary team", says Trieuvy
Luu, one of the students behind the concept. "I liked the pace of
the project, because you are really forced on quick decisions and
you don´t waste time", agrees Sebastian Aumer and continues: "It
will be really great to see the outcome of collaborations when
people come back from their internships!"
Visit the IxDA website to read more and to see a video