The position atop the Red Dot Ranking is a direct reflection of
the projects produced by students at the school over the past five
years. Amongst the winners from UID this year we find projects and
products about electronic waste, fire hazards in poverty-stricken
areas and paramedic equipment.
"Sharing and collaborating is at the core, in every
stage of the process"
Thomas Olofsson, Head of Department at Umeå Institute of Design,
talks about what makes UID a place that strives for continuous
"To once again be at the top of the Red Dot Ranking shows that
we have been able to continue to foster a unique creative
environment. This environment would not be possible without a
common understanding and commitment amongst everyone involved,
students and staff. At the core of this commitment is sharing and
collaborating, in every stage of the process. Such recognition
makes us hope, and believe, that we can continue to build an even
more exciting future for design education and research here at Umeå
Institute of Design."
Infrared camera could revolutionize paramedic
Alexander Abele from Germany, who won an individual award at the
gala on Friday September 28th, is taking his final year
of the Master's in Advanced Product Design. He says the secret
behind Umeå Institute of Design's success is a culture of
collaboration and the ever-present emphasis on solving real-life
"The intense and creative environment at UID keeps students
working closely together. There is a collaborative spirit, across
all programmes, that creates something quite special. Also, the way
we approach new projects is always close to what goes on in the
actual industry. Through constant field trips and presenting to
people working in the real world of design we are able to create
meaningful solutions to actual problems.", says Alexander
The project that got him the Red Dot award tries to solve one of
those very real-world problems. The product, FLIR HC150, is a
thermal heat camera that aims to improve instant diagnostic in the
crucial first minutes when paramedics arrive on the scene of an
accident. With infrared technology the camera provides a faster way
to conduct a non-invasive examination of the patient by scanning
the body on the site of the accident.
"In hospitals they use computer tomography to detect these
injuries. But the time between accident site and hospital is vital
and can decide whether the patient lives or dies. Even with the
tools in an ambulance today, invisible injuries such as internal
bleeding, a stroke diagnosis and disturbed blood circulations,
often stay undetected. With this camera we hope that we can provide
paramedics with new important information while the scanned images
can also be sent to the hospital to provide them early with crucial
information.", explains Alexander Abele.
This is the third consecutive year that Umeå Institute of Design
has been ranked number one in the Red Dot Ranking. For morte
information on UID award winners, see below.
UID Red Dot Winners 2018
This year Red Dot Award's Design Concept received a record
5,640 entries from 55 countries. On September 28th,
the winners were honoured at the award ceremony in
On site were APD alumnae Rebecca Daum who received an award
for her thesis project Malaika.
Present in Singapore were also APD's Alejandro Mandrion who
received an award for
Electrorun and Ruben Eriksson who was acknowledged for Flir Fieldtech,
design concepts both developed during their first year at the
Masters programme in advanced product design.
In total, UID had projects winning five awards, which
included APD's Alexander Abele and his infrared camera for
Flir HC150, and James Skeggs and Franziska Heuck, who won a
prestigious 'Best of the Best' for their collaborative robot Revive.