The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History and Design will represent the United States in an international industrial design competition sponsored by Electrolux, the world’s largest producer of powered appliances for kitchen, cleaning and outdoor use.p. Eight schools representing five continents will compete in Global Design Laboratory 2004, which challenges industrial design students to create new household appliances that will make life easier for consumers. Other countries represented in the competition include Australia, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia and England. Notre Dame’s design program was selected because of its reputation for developing industrial design students with exceptional drawing and creative skills.p. “By participating in this dynamic design challenge, students will acquire valuable insights into the operation of an international corporation, get feedback from professional staff designers, and gain portfolio and resume credentials that will elevate their marketability,” said Paul Down, associate professor of industrial design and Notre Dame’s industrial design group director.p. Students will focus on one of four product areas ? cooking, laundry, refrigeration or dishwashing ? with the goal of creating designs that will save consumers time and reflect consumers’ particular lifestyles. The Notre Dame team will submit their entries in late April with final judging of all schools to be held in October in New York City.