UDD’s “NYELI” at NYCxDESIGN / Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

UDD has been selected to exhibit its ongoing work for the redesign of the NYC Public School lunch trays at NYCxDESIGN, May 10-21 2013.  The brainchild of City Council Speaker and Mayoral Candidate Christine C. Quinn’s office NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines.nyc_x_design_identity_base_design-thumb-525xauto-51089

The team from UDD will present it’s work titled “PLATED, SERVED + SAVED”.  850,000 Styrafoam trays head to the landfills each day, produced by the NYC Public School lunch program .  The number alone is staggering.  And, Yes – We can do better! UDD will unveil “NYELI” [neh·lee] a design for a environmentally responsible reusable tray, that not only promotes children’s engagement with lunch meals but also seeks to transform a culture of lunch food from institution to one that is uniquely personal.

In this particular case the data we collected was indeed staggering and all the more powerful to lead us to want to promote change.  However it was the informal interviews with our user group, the kids, that made us put our heart and soul into this project.  The “PLATED, SERVED + SAVED”  project be presented at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in collaboration with the GreenLab committee of NEST+m, who will host an Innovative Educational Design Expo to be held in conjunction with the NYC x Design festivities. The expo will feature an open house for educators to meet representatives from different groups creating stimulating environments for K-12 students. The expo will be followed by brief presentations from NEST+m, Cooper-Hewitt and other innovative practitioners, with an opportunity for discussion afterwards.

Innovation in Education Exhibition

Innovative Educational Design Expo 

Wednesday, May 15 | 5:00-8:00 PM
Cooper-Hewitt Design Center
111 Central Park North

Stay tuned to see the “PLATED + SERVED” SERVER and more

Team:  Shawn Rickenbacker, Albert Chao, Azu Muniz, Jinglu Li, Sam Leung, Flatcut, Daniel Ramirez


June Update:

What a great reception! NYELI is live along with its supportive and alarming data.  Thanks to all who participated and more importantly showed love, support and shared their thoughts and ideas  about NYELI.  We will now embark on phase 2 a summer of prototyping and user research.  The adults have weighed in, now its time to reintroduce NYELI and its kid inspired designed to its prime audience, school children.  We’re slated to team up with NEST+m School and a middle school in Brooklyn to further test and prime NYELI for future adoption.   Next, its to the shop for our 3D Prints and CNC milled prototypes.


NYELI Server DESIGNxNYC Exhibition Panel











































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