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Design Student Projects Recognized

Submitted on June 20, 2020 - 12:59pm

Several projects by undergraduate Design students received recognition in the last month. Congratulations to all! The Core77 and EPDA awards received by Thipok Cholsaipant for AeroLyze are especially notable since they are part of major annual award competitions.

Luminaire Jar

Four sophomores — Joanne Chen, Ariel Chiang, Yichen Xie, and Elyssa Yim — created Luminaire Jar as a class project for DESIGN 206 (Design Methods), which was taught by Interaction Design Assistant Professor Audrey Desjardins in winter quarter 2020. Their project provided an answer to the question of how they could help parents and college-age children who live apart to share gratitude for past events as a way to better care for one another in the present. Luminaire Jar was selected as an Editor's Pick by Bestfolios in late May and is featured on the Bestfolios website as a case study.

Waste of Space

Visual Communication Design Associate Professor Kristine Matthews taught DESIGN 467 (Exhibition and Installation Design) during winter quarter 2020. The class — seniors from Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design — were given an assignment titled Waste of Space. Part one involved researching a statistic about any kind of waste and part two involved translating that research into a dimensional waste statistic. Matthews was impressed by the resulting work and wrote about it. Her article, along with an image gallery, was published on the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) website in early June.


Thipok Cholsaipant took DESIGN 445 (Advanced Industrial Design) during autumn quarter 2019. This class for seniors was taught by Industrial Design Assistant Professor Jason Germany. Cholsaipant researched a solution to the unpleasant experience of finger pricks to test blood glucose in pre-diabetics. He designed AeroLyze, which is a breath glucometer that analyzes acetone levels, which are also an indication of glucose levels. The device is small and can be easily carried, even by someone exercising. In mid-June, AeroLyze was announced as the student winner of the Health and Wellness Award, which is part of the Core77 Design Awards 2020. At the end of July, AeroLyze won a 2020 European Product Design Award (EPDA) in the Industrial and Life Science Design / Medical / Scientific Machinery category.