Industrial design students sweep national competitions
September 19, 2017
Students majoring in industrial design at University of
Wisconsin-Stout recently dominated three national competitions, taking three first
places and the top three places in two of them.
The students’ entries were made during the Design for
Manufacture class last spring with Professor Benjamin Pratt in the School of
Art and Design.
In an Industrial
Designers Society of America contest, the Materials and Processes Special
Interest Section Student Thermoformed Parts competition sponsored by Freetech
Plastics, Jeff Pease, of Rochester, Minn., took first prize of $2,500 with his
Blume Wall Clock.
Second went to Brynn Wildenauer, of Minneapolis, $1,500, with
Muse Acoustic Wall Tiles and third to Caleb Toft, of Pine Island, Minn., with
Impact Adjustable Suitcase Protector, $1,000.
Pease’s clock combines aspects of a sun dial and an analog
clock but also uses digital technology.
"In my exploration of applications of thermoforming, I began to look at
everyday products that have had little development in the last number of years.
Among my findings was the analog wall clock. I was then intrigued to create a
visually striking design while keeping the manufacturing cost inexpensive. The
Blume shadow clock is the result," Pease said in an IDSA news release.
Wildenauer created her wall tiles to improve interior music acoustics.
“Looking at current acoustic products in the marketplace, there was a void.
The opportunities were sound enhancement, sculptural integration and technology
utilization," Wildenauer said. "You can control the mood of your
space with a simple app on your smart phone."
In the Association of
Rotational Molders contest, Abbey Scray, of DePere, took first place and $2,000. She designed a line of modern outdoor
Jonathan Fox, of Wausau, took second place and $1,000. Nate
Eberle, of Hartland, took third place and $500.
Entries were judged on aesthetics, originality, moldability
In the InterZinc
Design Challenge, Cole Sippel, of St. Cloud, Minn., was one of three
national winners who received $2,000, along with $1,000 donated to UW-Stout.
Students were asked to design hardware made of zinc or a zinc alloy. He designed
a zinc die cast commercial faucet.
In a fourth contest,
four UW-Stout students received honorable mentions in the International
Rotational Molding Product Design competition, sponsored by Winsell. The
students, who designed outdoor products, are Nate Eberle, of Hartland; Julia
Hurley, of Evansville; Jessica Kreitz, of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; and Liz Martin,
Each student received $150.
For more information about UW-Stout’s industrial design
program, go to the program website.
Abbie Scray took first place in an industrial design contest with her line of
modern outdoor furniture, Topel.
Jeff Pease took first place in an industrial design contest with his Blume Wall
Clock, which combines aspects of a sun dial, an analog clock and digital
UW-Stout students received honorable mentions with their outdoor product