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Design for (Your) Product Lifetime Student Challenge: Overview


Through sensors, data and mobile technology, “smart” products provide us with a wealth of intelligence and feedback, changing how we interact with objects, buildings, and each other. More and more products come with some form of electronics, and these are increasingly made hard to repair.

We throw away millions of tons of electronics worldwide each year. This creates not only toxic pollutants in our air and waterways, but also leads to loss in valuable materials. Disposable, non-repairable electronic products put an enormous strain on ecological systems: they create enormous amounts of e-waste and require a constant stream of raw materials and energy.

Repair and recycling is thwarted by design decisions: glued-in batteries, irreplaceable parts, and confusing interfaces. By transforming user interactions, expectations and behavior, designers can change the end-of-life and environmental impacts of the things they design.


This contest is open to students age 18 or older, from anywhere in the world, currently registered in an educational institution at the college/university level. See Rules for full eligibility information.

Submission Requirements

  • Tell the story. One-page storyboard. (This can be a one-page poster/graphic or 2-minute video). Tell a story, describing your user’s experience and the problem being solved. What environmental issue are you seeking to address? How does your design solve that?
  • Solution Description. Show off your design with at least 3 product images/renderings. These can be hand drawn or computer generated/rendered with Autodesk software (see Resources) or other design software.
  • Describe the details: 200-300 word written description of solution, including environmental impact improvement (with supplementary details if you have them).
  • Format: All submissions must be in English and packaged as a single PDF document, or zipped folder with PDF documents, video files if relevant and CAD files.

Judging Criteria (100 Points possible)

  • Design Concept (50 Points)
    • User benefit—How compelling is the solution? (evaluated with storyboard/video)
    • Environmental benefit—How much potential is there for improving the environmental impact of the design (specifically end-of-life)?
  • Design Communication (50 Points)
    • How well do your illustrations and/or renderings communicate your concepts? How compelling is the product appearance? (Evaluated with images and design files, if submitted.) Those submissions that include use of Autodesk software will be more favorably judged in this section.


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Design for (Your) Product Lifetime Student Challenge: the Jury


Kyle WiensKyle Wiens
is the co-founder and CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community and Apple parts retailer. In 2011, he started Dozuki, a software company that is revolutionizing online technical documentation. Kyle is a board member of Softec and the IEEE CE Society. He has spoken widely on cloud computing, technical writing, repair, making service documentation accessible to a global audience, and sustainable consumer electronics device design.

Dan LocktonDan Lockton
is a researcher at WMG, University of Warwick, and at Brunel University in London, specializing in design for behavior change for social and environmental benefit. His Design with Intent toolkit is a resource of design patterns for influencing behavior. At present he’s working with CarbonCulture, a London-based startup aiming to reduce workplace energy use through connecting people with energy and behavioral data in engaging ways, alongside freelance consultancy and workshops for industry.

Jeremy FaludiJeremy Faludi
is a sustainable design strategist and researcher. He is a co-author of the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop. He has taught at Stanford University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He designed the prototype of for The Biomimicy Institute, and was sustainability research manager for Project FROG, a leader in modular commercial green buildings. He has contributed to five books on sustainable design, including Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century.

Fred BouldFred Bould
has taught at Stanford University and California College of Arts and Crafts. His company, Bould Design is a product development studio dedicated to exploring new forms, functions, materials and meanings for products. Bould Design’s collaboration with clients such as Nest Labs, Roku, Logitech, Nambe and Pablo has produced a diverse body of work that has been published internationally and honored by several CES Design and Innovation Awards, the ID Magazine Design Review, the GOOD Design Award, Graphics Product Design 3, and the SFMOMA Permanent Design Collection.

Dawn DanbyDawn Danby
has spent 13 years working across disciplines in sustainable design. At Autodesk, Dawn leads the Sustainability Workshop, which provides free, lightweight videos and resources online to teach young engineers, designers, and architects the principles and practice of sustainable design. Dawn co-authored the bestselling sustainability book, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century. She has given dozens of talks around the world, spoke at TEDGlobal in 2005, and was recognized by Fast Company in 2009 as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Adam Menter
Adam Menter
is the Manager of the Sustainability Education Program at Autodesk. Since 2009, Adam has supported Autodesk’s sustainable design program on projects related to education, strategy, and product development. As Manager of the Sustainability Education Program, he builds relationships with students, professors, and professionals who are working to advance the practice of sustainable design. He has worked as a design strategist at Jump Associates and holds both a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is a LEED accredited professional and a leader of the San Francisco Net Impact chapter.

Allan ChochinovAllan Chochinov
is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts. He is the editor-in-chief of, the widely read design website, design firm database. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, NYU, University of Minnesota, RIT and RMIT. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror.

Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. (Projects included work for Herman Miller, Johnson & Johnson, Federal Express, Kodak, A.C. Nielsen, Oral-B, Crunch Fitness and others.) He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club and The One Club. He serves on the boards of the Designers Accord, Design Ignites Change and DesigNYC.

In 2012, Allan launched a new graduate design MFA program in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, focusing on the purposeful, systemic role of artifacts and design offerings in multidisciplinary contexts.


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4D typography by Lo Siento

Barcelona graphic design company Lo Siento has created a set of sculptural letters that can be read from all sides (+ movie).

4D by LoSiento

The studio had been working on several projects relating to architecture when they decided to try out “four-dimensional” typography.

4D by LoSiento

The designers constructed the letters from pieces of white card.

4D by LoSiento

When the letters are strung up, the reader can walk around and through words and read them from any direction.

4D by LoSiento

The movie is by Marcel Batlle and Lander Larrañaga.

4D by LoSiento

Photographs are by Lo Siento.

4D by LoSiento

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Here’s more text from the designers:

4D Typography is the result of the intersection in an orthogonal way in space of two extrusions of the same character, which allows the spectator to read it from two different positions in space at least.

4D by LoSiento

An observer searching to enjoy a particular architecture is forced to move around and through it. The change in perspective generates new spaces in which light acts in different ways. In this case, it is the typography that makes the effort of abandoning its two dimensions to approach the architectural sense. It does not resign with a third dimension; a fourth one is necessary to complete the reading possibilities. By hanging the typography, the reader is allowed to surround the characters in order to understand all their shapes.

4D by LoSiento

This idea started after Lo Siento carried out several identity projects regarding architecture. This was when the study decided to investigate and develop several volumetric languages starting from basic graphical concepts. One of these languages was 4D typography. It became a personal project from the studio and we decided to develop the whole alphabet. The creation of this alphabet and mistakes that were made during the creation process lead to new ideas for future projects.

Project name/title: 4D paper lettering
Year of work produced: 2011
Work type: Typography / Alphabet
Client: Losiento / self-initiated project
Art direction/Design: Gerard Miró / Lo Siento
Photography: Lo Siento
Work description: Four dimensional alphabet lettering made with paper. Each piece can be read from all 4 sides.