Designing Bandages: Curad Competition Scores Students Cash Prizes

PhotoJoelle Olabode, left, took home $2,500 for her design; Joey Zanetti, right, won $1,000.
Fashion Studies students participate in a design competition sponsored by Medline, maker of Curad bandages.

Students from Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies department participated in a design competition sponsored by Medline, the maker of Curad bandages. The challenge: To create designs for Curad bandages and/or their sports tapes and wraps.  

Congratulations to rising junior Joelle Olabode for her winning design (Flowers) and to rising senior Joey Zanetti who was named runner-up (Balloons). Both students will receive cash awards, with Olabode winning $2,500 and Zanetti taking home $1,000. Winners were selected by Medline’s consumer marketing and design teams. 

This is the second year that Medline has partnered exclusively with Columbia College Chicago in this design competition. The experience provides Columbia students a unique opportunity to create designs for the company’s next generation of product launches.  

Here are the winning designs: 

Flowers by Joelle Olabode, Fashion Design BFA Student 


Balloons by Joey Zanetti, Design Management BA Student  





About CURAD 

Since being acquired by Medline in 2007, the CURAD brand has been re-energized – introducing many innovative solutions for a broad range of health concerns. With new Truly Ouchless® EZ Release™ adhesive technology, rugged Performance Series® bandages and tapes, and advanced options like antimicrobial wound gel, hydrocolloids, antibacterial bandages, super absorbent dressings and foam bandages, CURAD medical supplies have been known and trusted worldwide since 1951 and remain at the forefront of creating hospital-quality products for home use. Learn more at