Western Washington University

Industrial Design Program
2017 Year in Review

Gray Award Winners

We’re excited to announce that the industrial design student’s class of 2018 have just been awarded a prestigious honor at the Gray Awards 2017.  

They won the Student Design Open Category for Cube^3.

Dell King Endowment and Scholarship

Dell King donated over $100,000 to create an endowment for WWU Industrial Design. This endowment will fund a perpetual annual scholarship to the outstanding senior of the year. 

Virtual Reality Design Reviews

In January of 2017 we began to use VR to do virtual design reviews of digital sketch models. It improved the work flow of concept development and helped students understand the scale of their designs. We also got to stand inside of the virtual exhibit designs done by our sophomores in CAD skills.  

Justin Janczakowski – Outstanding ID graduate of 2017

Justin was selected by his classmates and the professionals of the IDSA Northwest chapter to be the IDSA student merit award winner of 2017. He presented his portfolio at the IDSA Western District Conference in Portland, OR in April 2017.  After graduation he was hired by LOUD Audio as a Jr. industrial designer. He is creating music gear and pro-audio products for Mackie, Ampeg and other audio brands.

Notable Alumni News

Carl Ledbetter (class of 87) was promoted to Principal Director of Design – Device Design Team at Microsoft.
Lindsey Maxwell (class of 02) was promoted to Vice President at TEAGUE.
Peter Bristol (class of 05) was featured in Architectural Digest as a “Designer of the Future.” He is the Head of Industrial Design and Creative Director at Oculus.

Jonah Griffith (class of 05) was promoted to Design Director at Tactile, Seattle.
Tucker Spofford (class of 10) was promoted to Design Director at Artefact, Seattle.
Sean Missal (class of 13) was promoted to Lead Designer at Astro Studios, San Francisco.
Jolee Nebert (class of 16) was promoted to the Board of Directors at SolarGaps, San Francisco.

(if you have some exciting news about your career path, please send us an email)

ID Sophomore Review now in March

Sophomore review moved forward one quarter to the end of winter quarter for the first time in 2017.  This change benefits both those who are selected, and those who are not. The selected learn earlier of their status and begin spring quarter alongside their new team of twelve. Those who don’t make it have more time to adjust their plans and commitments.

Welcome our new Instructor - Julia Carlson

Welcome our new instructor, Julia Carlson (class of 2004), who taught ID CAD skills last spring and this year is teaching Sophomore ID 1, models and prototypes. Julia is the founder of Toast clothing and was designer for Roxy/Quicksilver and Burton Snowboards.

The Most Selective Ever

We also broke a record last year. The most entrance portfolios submitted ever with 90 applicants for only 24 spots.  Just to be a pre-major is a highly selective and the quality of our students is higher than ever. And since only 12 of those will graduate, we are the most selective than we have ever been.

UX Design Minor Students Mentored by Artefact

Last spring, the multi-disciplinary team of UX design minors, teamed up with the designers at Artefact to take on some difficult 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.


Tim Hulford of Intuitive Surgical Visits

Tim Hulford, Creative Director at Intuitive Surgical, made a special visit to meet with our students.  He told his own career story and did some interviews while he was here.

Need some Help? Offering Internships?

Consider hiring a WWU ID student as an intern. They have useful skills, can contribute to your project, bring fresh ideas and are eager to help.  Send a job description to Prof. Morris or Prof. 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, tools, or new studio furniture.   Follow this link and specify the Western Design Center (Industrial Design Program.) 

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