Product Design’s Educator of the Year

Trygve Faste, assistant professor in the University of Oregon’s Product Design Program, has quite an extensive list of achievements to his name.  He has worked on designs for Hasbro toys, Scandinavian Airlines, John Deere, Eli Lilly and MGM Las Vegas.  Even if you don’t know his name, chances are that you’ve seen his designs somewhere. …

Trygve Faste, assistant professor in the University of Oregon’s Product Design Program, has quite an extensive list of achievements to his name.  He has worked on designs for Hasbro toys, Scandinavian Airlines, John Deere, Eli Lilly and MGM Las Vegas.  Even if you don’t know his name, chances are that you’ve seen his designs somewhere.  Despite his achievements, what he’s most proud of his hard to quantify in terms of dollar signs.  To see his true accomplishments, one needs to step inside his classroom at the University of Oregon.

Gaining Recognition

The Industrial Designers Society of America has recognized Faste with the 2015 IDSA Young Educator of the Year Award.  The award recognizes contributions from younger professors who dedicate their careers to educating young people of the next generation.  His fellow faculty members and students, both current and former, having nothing but praise for Professor Faste.  His creativity and natural ability to sketch designs were both singled out as particularly notable skills.  The business world has recognized his ability as well.  His designs have been used successfully by companies across the nation and around the world.

The Importance of Inspiration

One of the things that makes Faste unique is that he encourages independent thinking.  He’s not content to simply tell students how to design.  He encourages them to form their own paths.  It can be easy for many people to take a path of selfishness, only aspiring to do what’s best for themselves.  Instructors, however, are demonstrating humility and selflessness by using their talents to mold new innovators.  Inspiring young designers is what will take product design in new directions.  Anyone can copy existing concepts, but true innovators need inspiration rather than memorization.  Teachers like Faste are leading the way for a new generation of thinking in this field.

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