This year's degree show at UID offers a
series of innovations ranging from sea rescue, footwear, apps,
robots in hospitals to flying cars.
What if cars could warn their surroundings through pulsating
pressure waves? Could the modern supermarket become environmentally
sustainable through interactive customer profiles? Imagine a future
where hearing-impaired and the hearing could communicate through a
simple app. Can the sneaker culture be a gateway to creative
professions in socially disadvantaged areas? On 4-5 June,
graduating students at the Umeå Institute of Design will present
their degree projects at the annual Design Talks & Degree Show,
Thomas Olofsson is head of department at the Umeå Institute of
Design. According to him, this year's students have chosen a strong
user perspective, innovative methods and an complete experience for
the target audience and user.
"These students are displaying an interesting breadth
encompassing many of the contemporary challenges when it comes to
design. This year, we can display things like a starter pack for
the design of sneakers, equipment for extensive rescue missions at
sea, apps for education, robots in hospitals and naturally also
transportation and vehicle solutions."
At UID19, the students will perform an oral presentation of
their degree projects using 3D models and digital visualisations.
Many of the 44 projects use a digital starting point, often with
the objective of making technology more human. Other projects have
bearing on healthcare or sustainability.
"It's amazing to see the incredible development that our
students make from the day they join Umeå Institute of Design until
the day they graduate. Design processes are complex and students
have worked intensely and with determination on their projects. The
secret behind the success of the school is in strong connection
with how closely and intensely students collaborate, not only
within, but also between programmes. The school has a proud
tradition of delivering fully fledged designers onto the job
market, and I'm confident that these students are now ready to take
on new challenges," says Thomas Olofsson.
The global attraction to the Umeå Institute of Design has led to
a highly international group of students, the graduating students
alone represent 13 nationalities, and also to close collaborations
with multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Google, Samsung,
BMW and Volvo. Every year, these companies send representatives to
the graduation event to follow up student collaborations, to view
demonstrations and portfolios, and to recruit the next generation
of industrial designers.
Members of the press are welcome. For more information, please
Jens Persson, Communications Officer
Phone: +46 73-626 35 51