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2022 Designing Up


Designing Up 2021


Volume 9 | 2022

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Rendering of bugbox product with ingredients and recipes

Bug-centered design

In HCDE's new course on Service Design, led by Associate Teaching Professor Tyler Fox, one team developed BugBox, a concept for a meal delivery subscription service that uses insect protein.

Mount Rainier from above with purple looking sky

Ecological collaboration

In this Q&A with HCDE Research Scientist Shana Hirsch and Associate Professor David Ribes, learn how researchers in HCDE's Data Ecologies Lab are contributing to sustainability, energy futures, and ecological justice.

Kolko and Haughey headshots

Building human-centered ventures

How HCDE Professor Beth Kolko is setting the stage for entrepreneurs to flourish, and PhD Student-turned-CEO Melinda Haughey is bringing her HCDE education to the core of her new company.

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Year-in-Review Message from Chair Julie Kientz

Welcome to our annual Designing Up publication, where we highlight activities and accomplishments of students, alumni, and researchers from the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.

Read a summary of this year's issue from HCDE Chair Julie Kientz »


Mentor pods

HCDE's new mentorship program paired 185 students with 54 mentors in the 2021-2022 school year. Recent participants weigh in about the benefits of the program for both students and mentors.

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Supporting nighttime reflection

A study by HCDE senior Koyo Nakamura, published in the ACM International Conference on Design of Communication Student Research Competition, looks at how people engage in self-reflection before bedtime, and how designers can support reflection using non-digital means.

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'Dear Design' Directed Research Group 

In Dear Design, a HCDE Directed Research Group led by Professor Cindy Atman, students explored their design processes by creating postcard representations of their ideal "design signatures." 

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Phil Spencer

Alumnus Phil Spencer receives Diamond Award

HCDE alumnus Phil Spencer (BS '90), CEO of gaming at Microsoft, received the Diamond Award from the UW College of Engineering in the category of Distinguished Achievement in Industry.

About Phil Spencer »


"Lighted sign that says makelab outside doorway"


A peek inside the newest makerspace in HCDE's home of Sieg Building that supports hands-on projects related to research and teaching.

About the MakeLab »


Study of former foster youth

A new study led by HCDE PhD student John Fowler is aimed at supporting the transition out of foster care by understanding what former foster youth are connecting about online.

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HCDE Supporters, 2021 

HCDE thanks the individuals that supported departmental programs, scholarships, and student opportunities in the 2021 calendar. 

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