Research & Innovation


Studio collaboration with health professionals to design prosthetics


Over the past twenty-five years the Industrial Design Program (INDD) in the School of Industrial + Graphic Design, College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University, has accomplished curriculum-based design education/research projects in collaboration with, and supported by industry and other outside entities.

In 2007, the Graphic Design Program (GDES) joined this effort.  Collaborations are generally fourteen weeks long. All student expenses are covered by the school.

Activities include:

  • On site industry hosted program orientations
  • Intermediate product reviews by industry based, interdisciplinary teams at Auburn
  • Complete two and three dimensional product development and documentation
  • Formal reviews of final designs hosted at the site of the collaborating industry
  • Delivery of predetermined product outcome to the host industry

With assistance from our collaborators we attempt to make these experiences replicate the true relationship between a design team and manufacturer. Often the outcome will facilitate modifications in an existing, or initiate the development of a new product, identity or marketing strategy.

Industrial Design Students discussing pinned work in Design For Health Studio
Industrial Design Students discussing pinned work in Design For Health Studio

BGM Ministries Life Center and Clinic, Jonestown, Mississippi
Visual Identity and Environmental Graphics, ’18

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University
Visual Identity and Logo, ’19

Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve, Opelika, AL
Visual Identity, Logo, Wayfinding, and Interpretive Signage, ’19

Graham Farm & Nature Center, Auburn Cooperative Extensions System (ACES), Estillfork, AL
Interpretive Signage and Exhibit Design, ’19

TTI (Ryobi), Anderson, SC
Battery Driven Hand Tools, ‘18

NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL
Pressurized Mars Rover, ‘18

Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL
Interpretive Signage and Exhibit Design, ’17

Alabama Bicentennial Commission, Montgomery, AL
Tourism Icon Development, ’16
Commemorative Posters ’16

Emerson Tool, St. Louis, MO
Automotive Wet/Dry Vacuums, ‘15
Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuums, ‘16
Smart Ceiling Fans and Vacuum Cleaners, ‘17
Commercial Back Pack Wet / Dry Vacuums, ‘18
GameTime, Fort Payne, AL
Urban Cross-Generational Playground Equipment, ‘15
Urban Cross-Generational Playground Equipment. ‘16
Water Park Playground Equipment, ‘17
New Playground System, ‘18
Playground Surfaces, ‘18

Groovy Stuff, Dallas, TX
Celebrity Endorsed Furniture, ‘15
Celebrity Endorsed Furniture, ‘16
Celebrity Endorsed Furniture, ‘17

Studio + Build, Auburn University, AL
Systems and Tool Design Development (Knaack, Leica, Werner, Western Forge) ‘16
Georgia Pacific, Atlanta, GA
Plastic Flatware Dispensers, ‘15

Generac, Waukesha, WI
Power Wheel Barrow, ‘15

Center for Adaptive Technologies, Auburn University
Assistive Technologies, ’15, ‘16

Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC), Auburn, University
Game Clocks, down markers, ’15 – Roanoke, AL
Morris Mule, utility trailer, ’15 – Anniston, AL

Milliken Carpet, Spartanburg, SC
Concrete Cloth, ‘15

College of Liberal Arts, Department of English, Creative Writing, Auburn University
Poetry Broadside Project, ’14, ’15
Auburn Creed, ‘18

Alabama Secretary of State, Elections Division, Montgomery, AL
Voter Registration Guide Cover Design, ’15, ’16, ‘17

Pratt Industries, Atlanta, GA
Recycled paper products, ’15, ’16, ’17, ‘19

Adil Consumer Electronics, Atlanta, GA
Smartphone Accessory Management, ‘15

City of Mobile / Bloomberg Grant, Mobile, AL
Use of Public Transportation as a Venue to Promote Employment, ‘15
Storm water filtration system, ’17; Mobile cruise ship terminal, ‘17

Brewery Buddies, Birmingham, AL
Inventory Management Applications, ‘15

Salt Life, Columbus, GA
Recreational Cooler Design, ‘16

Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for Arts & Humanities, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
WWI Centennial Traveling Exhibition, ‘16

Peak Season Design, Birmingham, AL
Outdoor Furniture Design ‘16

CSP Technologies, Auburn, AL
Child Safe Pharmaceutical Containers, ‘17
Inhalers, ‘17
Soluble Pharmaceuticals, ‘18

Superior Recreational Products, Carrollton, GA
Playground Equipment for Autistic Children, ’17

Hope Center Clinic, Thoman, Haiti—Brassfield and Gorrie
Health & Safety Information Graphics, ’17, ‘18
Courtyard Sunshade Sail, ’17, ‘18

Nannie Connie, Mobile, AL
Maternity soft luggage, ’17, ‘18

Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering
Assistive Technologies, ’18

Auburn University Community Engagement, Liberal Arts Administration
Auburn Creed, ‘18

Smuckers, Orrville, OH
Cat Food ‘18

Mobile Futures Studio
LAMAR on-campus signage, ‘18
Brent Hotel Experience Design, ‘18

CADC Grants
Aquaponics Consumer System, ‘18
Arduino Systems Design, ‘18