News from the WWU Industrial Design Program 2016
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Jolee Nebert – Outstanding graduate of 2016

Jolee Nebert is the outstanding graduate from the WWU industrial design program. She has grown from being an excellent student to becoming an amazing professional.  She was selected for an internship at GE Appliances, where she worked full-time as a part of the design team. Then she designed a beautiful microkitchen for a competition.  Among 80 international entries, she won Grand Prize and $2500.
Then, her design was given the grand prize for innovation in small space living in the New York City Big Apps competition. Where she was awarded round trip expenses to NYC to present her work and was featured in the Seattle and New York Times.
After her time at GE, she went to Austin, Texas and worked on the creative team at Argo to explore the role of future technologies in the office environment.
That led to being approached by a French start-up company, Adok, to work on the industrial design, visual product identity, and user experience design for their new augmented reality product.  After graduation she went to Paris to complete her work with Adok.  She is now Chief Industrial Designer in their office in San Francisco.

UX Design Minor Students Team up with Blink UX

Last spring, the multi-disciplinary team of UX design minors, gathered for the UX capstone under Assist. Professor Brittany Schade. They worked with Blink UX in Seattle on various UX design challenges.   The course is the culminating multidisciplinary design project class for the User Experience (UX) Design Minors that incorporates all of the skills and knowledge learned into a realistic project with the guidance of industry professionals.

The above project is Trace, a health monitoring device and application. Designed by Haley Douglas (Marketing) Jolee Nebert (ID/UX) and Eugene Choi (Graphic Design/IxD)

Graduates are Landing Impressive Positions

The WWU ID professional placement rate is about 95%. Here are some examples from the 2015 and 16 class:

Jordan Steranka, 2015 – Industrial Designer, Tether, Seattle
Colton Sanford, 2015 – Industrial Designer, Lunar, San Francisco
Sarah O'Sell, 2015 – Industrial Designer, Rosanna Inc.
Paul Kalousek, 2015 – Experience Designer, Industry PDX, Portland
Tyler Dawson, 2015 – Industrial Designer, Sonosite
Aidan Borer, 2015 – Industrial Designer, Bose, Boston
Gary Liljebeck, 2016 – Industrial Designer, Teague
Jolee Nebert 2016 – Chief Industrial Designer, Adok
Dan Taylor, Leah Cohen-Sapida, Ashkon Nima 2016 – Co-founders, Imbue Tea LLC.

New Technology Tools for ID

The ID program is providing more of the tools that students need to do their most creative work.  Prof. Morris is experimenting with using the HTC Vive virtual reality system for ID visualization. Two Wacom Cintiqs digital drawing displays are available to use in the ID Creative Studio (room 129). And the seniors and juniors have two new color printers in their studio.  We also have a lab Solidworks license, Keyshot, Rhino, and the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Next is to buy an ID specific 3D printer, and re-design the ID shop!

All-Star Professional Advisory Board

WWU ID has an impressive collection of premiere designers from the Pacific North West volunteering their time as advisors. (Thank you!) Here are the members:

Josh Kornfeld, Principal, Tactile
Philipp Steiner, Creative Director, Teague
Sallyann Corn, Founder, fruitsuper
Weston Van Wambeke, Design Manager, Teague
Jerry Yamamoto, Structural Package Design, Microsoft
Greg Janky, Partner, Anvil
Alex Diener, Creative Director, Pensar
Ray Klein, Industrial Designer, McNett
Julia Aiken, Founder, Toast
Carl Ledbetter, Sr. Principal Creative Director, Microsoft
Stephen Hooper, Design Officer, 3M
Peter Bristol, Creative Director, Oculus

Congratulations to the new Junior class of 2018.

These 12 students were selected from a talented group of 27 sophomores. The ID program now receives 60 to 70 entrance portfolios per year for 24 pre-major spots. Only 12 of those 24 are selected to become ID majors.

Loaded with Work?  Need some Help?

Consider hiring a WWU ID student as an intern. They have useful skills, can contribute to your project, bring fresh ideas and they don’t cost much.  Send a job description to Prof. Morris or Oslapas and we will distribute the posting.

Help Us Make Western ID even Better

We can use your help!  Your tax-deductible donation to the ID program can help us buy software updates, new equipment and tools like Wacom Cintiqs, 3D printers, scanners, or new studio furniture.  Just go to this link and specify the Industrial Design Program.

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