Industrial Design Books

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  1. Computational by Design

    Computational by Design

    The contemporary material culture - everyday objects surrounding us - is dominated by mass manufactured products, but Digital Fabrication together with Computational Design (also called generative or parametric design) promises a shift towards substantially personalizable products, in a relatively cost-effective way. Considering this shift an opportunity for designers, the book argues that in order to consolidate the practice of developing personalizable products, designers need to change their focus from convergent to divergent user needs and desires, leaving room for the creative contributions of the users in the design of their objects, thus converting them from simple users to (computational) co-designers.

  2. Product Design and the Supply Chain - Competing Through Design

    Product Design and the Supply Chain: Competing Through Design

    Product design is not just concerned with the appearance and functionality of products; it has an important role in determining the cost, pricing, risk and profitability profile of those products. Product Design and the Supply Chain shows how decisions taken at the design stage of a product's life cycle go on to affect that product's subsequent value to a company. Eighty percent of a product's eventual supply chain costs are already present at the early stages of product design and development. This book allows companies to make informed design decisions that have significant positive through-life implications for risk, complexity and responsiveness, thus allowing them to create a 'moat' that is difficult for competitors to sidestep or surmount.

  3. Tricky Design - The Ethics of Things

    Tricky Design: The Ethics of Things

    Tricky Design responds to the burgeoning of scholarly interest in the cultural meanings of objects, by addressing the moral complexity of certain designed objects and systems. The volume brings together leading international designers, scholars and critics to explore some of the ways in which the practice of design and its outcomes can have a dark side, even when the intention is to design for the public good. Considering a range of designed objects and relationships, including guns, eyewear, assisted suicide kits, anti-rape devices, passports and prisons, the contributors offer a view of design as both progressive and problematic, able to propose new material and human relationships, yet also constrained by social norms and ideology.

  4. Designing for Kids

    Designing for Kids

    Designing for Kids brings together all a designer needs to know about developmental stages, play patterns, age transitions, playtesting, safety standards, materials and the daily lives of kids, providing a primer on the differences in designing for kids versus designing for adults. Research and interviews with designers, social scientists and industry experts are included, highlighting theories and terms used in the fields of design, developmental psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology and education.

  5. Less Is More (Difficult) - 20 Years of Design at Blu Dot

    Less Is More (Difficult): 20 Years of Design at Blu Dot

    Blu Dot is an American pioneer of democratic design, and winner of the 2018 National Design Award for Product Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Founded and run by its principal designers, the company is celebrated for its minimal and innovative design, and its mission to make modern design accessible to a wider audience. Published to coincide with the brand's twentieth anniversary, this carefully produced book collects two decades' worth of ideas, inspiration, designs, and products that chronicle the evolution of one of the most iconic names in contemporary American design. Illustrated with stunning photography of Blu Dot's best-known pieces, the book includes everything the brand has ever produced, from the very earliest designs like the Chicago 8 box shelving system to the ubiquitous and iconic Real Good Chair.

  6. Products That Last - Product Design for Circular Business Models

    Products That Last: Product Design for Circular Business Models

    Products That Last is an innovative and practical methodology to unravel a product's afterlife and systematically evaluate it for new opportunities. It gives insights and examples of product design for circular business models, whether you're a designer or a business developer.

  7. Norman Bel Geddes - American Design Visionary

    Norman Bel Geddes: American Design Visionary

    Norman Bel Geddes has long been considered the 'founder' of American industrial design. During his long career he worked on everything from theatre design, world fairs and cars to houses and product and packaging design. Nicolas P. Maffei's magisterial biography draws on original material from the archive at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and places Bel Geddes' work within the fast-changing cultural and intellectual contexts of his time. Maffei shows how Bel Geddes' futuristic but pragmatic style - his notion of 'practical vision' - was central to his work, and highly influential on the professional practice of American industrial design in general.

  8. How Things Are Made - From Automobiles to Zippers

    How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers

    How Things Are Made offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production everyday objects of all kinds, from guitars, sunscreen, and seismographs to running shoes, jet engines, and chocolate. Thoroughly revised and redesigned from the best-selling 1995 edition, How Things Are Made also contains three new entries by author Andrew Terranova. However, each page still contains informative step-by-step text along with detailed but easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars to tell the stories behind the things we sometimes take for granted.

  9. Iconic Advantage - Don't Chase the New, Innovate the Old

    Iconic Advantage: Don't Chase the New, Innovate the Old

    Modern business gurus all cry for the need to innovate, to disrupt, and to act like a startup. Iconic Advantage is a different approach that allows companies to leverage what they already have to create lasting differentiation and deeper relationships with their customers. It generates disproportionate levels of profit and protects you against market fluctuations. Many of the world's most successful brands have been using it for years.

  10. Iconix - Exceptional Product Design

    Iconix: Exceptional Product Design

    Iconix is a comprehensive collection of iconic product design objects, chronologically organized from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present. Each spread of this richly illustrated book showcases the author's representation of the chosen design, expressing its essence and capturing its spirit. In the introductory text, he shares his concept of the term iconicity to help the reader understand what makes these products stand out and why they are considered icons today. More than one hundred remarkable product designs from all areas, including household appliances, everyday objects, furniture, entertainment technology and office equipment, are presented in this collection.

  11. The $39 Mustache Comb - The Start-Up Guide to Manufacturing

    The $39 Mustache Comb: The Start-Up Guide to Manufacturing

    To reach the low price that consumers have come to expect, you must produce a large quantity of your product in an efficient way so that the individual price becomes low. To set up efficient production you must design your product with care, select the right materials, choose appropriate fabrication processes, and invest in expensive tooling. The $39 Mustache Comb is your guide to navigating the manufacturing jungle so that you can bring your revolutionary product to life.

  12. Ingenious - Product Design that Works

    Ingenious: Product Design that Works

    The main task for modern product designers is how to combine creativity and functionality. This book showcases different types of products such as furniture and industrial designs for the household and personal use, introducing projects from all over the world. It includes product descriptions, photographs, and designers' sketches showing the design processes.

  13. Industrial Design in the Modern Age

    Industrial Design in the Modern Age

    An ambitious new survey of industrial design from 1900 to the present day in the United States, Europe, and around the world, as told through selected objects from the George R. Kravis II Collection.

  14. Product Design - Practical Methods for the Systematic Development of New Products

    Product Design: Practical Methods for the Systematic Development of New Products

    Product Design: Practical Methods for the Systematic Development of New Products covers the entire new product development process, from market research through concept design, embodiment design, design for manufacture, and product launch. Systematic and practical in its approach, the text offers both a structured management framework for product development and an extensive range of specific design methods. Chapters feature "Design Toolkits" that provide detailed guidance on systematic design methods, present examples with familiar products, and conclude with reviews of key concepts.

  15. Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018

    Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018

    The Red Dot Design Yearbook features developments, potentials, and trends in current product design that will whisk you away into a fascinating world full of beauty and functionality. The four volumes - Living, Doing, Working, and Enjoying - marries the areas of life and living, activity and lifestyle, and work and technology, as well as leisure and relaxation.

  16. Smart Product Design

    Smart Product Design

    Smart technology is rapidly changing the way we interact with the world through products. The trend for decades now has been towards ever smaller, better designed technology that is more focused on user experience and lifestyle. Most designs are now available in multiple colors or finishes, offer different features between models or are customizable to a customers needs. Smart Product Design looks at the latest innovations in smart home, health and wellbeing, sports and fitness, business, travel and more. Featuring almost 100 products with details and concept sketches as well as interviews with some of todays leading designers on their inspiration, concept design and philosophy, and how they balance aesthetics with functionality.

  17. Kansei Innovation - Practical Design Applications for Product and Service Development

    Kansei Innovation: Practical Design Applications for Product and Service Development

    Developed in the early 70s in Japan, the Kansei Engineering (KE) method gives you the tools to develop profitable and well-received products and services. Written by the founder of KE, MitsuoNagamachi, and co-authored by one of his proteges, Anitawati Mohd Lokman, Kansei Innovation: Practical Design Applications for Product and Service Development shows you how to nurture Kansei, develop the skill in observing people, and apply that skill to the development and design of products.

  18. The Lean Product Lifecycle

    The Lean Product Lifecycle

    The Lean Product Lifecycle is a playbook that provides frameworks, methods and tools to develop innovative new products and business models, while managing your core portfolio. Follow the 6 key phases of a product's life - idea, explore, validate, grow, sustain and retire - and discover how to develop products according to their life stage and ensure the right investment for each. For each stage there is a step-by-step guide of product development best practices using examples and case studies from several companies and start-ups.

  19. The Customer-Driven Playbook

    The Customer-Driven Playbook

    The Customer-Driven Playbook details a complete end-to-end process to help anyone, from a small team to a large organization, learn from their customers, conceptualize new ideas, and build products their customers will love. By consolidating theory from various Lean books into an easy-to-understand framework and step-by-step playbook, this book provides a way to operationalize and scale lean principles across teams, divisions, disciplines, and organizations.

  20. Tragic Design - The Impact of Bad Product Design and How to Fix It

    Tragic Design: The Impact of Bad Product Design and How to Fix It

    In this thought-provoking book, authors Jonathan Shariat and Cynthia Savard Saucier explain how poorly designed products can anger, sadden, exclude, and even kill people who use them. Tragic Design examines real case studies that show how certain design choices adversely affected users, and includes in-depth interviews with authorities in the design industry.

  21. The Materials Sourcebook for Design Professionals

    The Materials Sourcebook for Design Professionals

    The Materials Sourcebook is an indispensable reference for design professionals on selecting and using materials in new ways to make their designs ever more efficient and effective. This book is organized into six main sections on all the major design material groups: Metal, Plastic, Wood, Plant, Animal, and Mineral. Each section is broken down into chapters examining individual types of material within each larger group. Nearly one hundred material types are featured, each one supported by examples of how it can be used in a variety of industries, an outline of its most desirable properties, and details about its form and texture.

  22. The Dream Factory - Alessi Since 1921

    The Dream Factory: Alessi Since 1921

    The Dream Factory offers a comprehensive look at one of the most influential brands in design, which, for decades, has epitomized ingenious styling of objects for everyday use. This beautifully illustrated book details the emergence and success of designs that have since become authentic icons of the domestic landscape, presenting works by notable figures in the design world.

  23. The Fundamentals of Product Design

    The Fundamentals of Product Design

    This book provides an integrated and cohesive view of the product design process, covering materials, manufacturing, idea generation, computer-aided design, engineering functions, product types, and market research. This updated edition explores recent developments such as additive manufacture and crowd funding, and includes more consumer and lifestyle orientated products for a more product-based focus, supported by a range of new innovative examples and case studies from internationally-renown designers and studios.

  24. The Responsible Object - A History of Design Ideology for the Future

    The Responsible Object: A History of Design Ideology for the Future

    What would future archeologists think of our time, if they were to dig in the places that used to house our civilization? They would find the leftovers of an age of rampant, imperishable objects. Today, in an economic system that revolves around producing and consuming these objects, we are starting to review their role in a series of challenges that lie ahead of us. In the design discipline, sustainability and social responsibility have become prolific epithets, generating new products, marterials and technologies, designed to change the course of our future. The intrinsic design ideologies are often not new, but form a fundamental part of design history, reappearing throughout the previous centuries. The Responsible Object presents a history of socially committed design strategies within the western tradition, from William Morris to Victor Papanek, and from VKhUTEMAS to FabLab.

  25. Think Simple - How Smart Leaders Defeat Complexity

    Think Simple: How Smart Leaders Defeat Complexity

    Apple insider and New York Times bestselling author Ken Segall gives you the tools to Apple's success - and shows you how to use them. It's all about simplicity. Whether you're in a multinational corporation or a lean startup, this guide will teach you how to crush complexity and focus on what matters; how to perform better, faster and more efficiently. Combining his insight from Apple with examples from companies across industries all over the world - including Ben & Jerry's, Whole Foods, Intel and HyundaiCard - Segall provides a simple roadmap for any company to find success.

  26. Designing Modern Norway - A History of Design Discourse

    Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse

    Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse is an intellectual history of design and its role in configuring the modern Norwegian nation state. Rather than a conventional national design history survey that focuses on designers and objects, this is an in-depth study of the ideologies, organizations, strategies and politics that combined might be said to have "designed" the modern nation's material and visual culture. The book analyses main tropes and threads in the design discourse generated around key institutions such as museums, organisations and magazines.

  27. British Stuff - 101 Objects That Make Britain Great

    British Stuff: 101 Objects That Make Britain Great

    This fascinating, full-color, photographic compendium invites you to discover Britain in a new way: through the everyday objects that are part of the fabric of contemporary life in the UK. Showcasing a wealth of iconic British design staples, as well as the treasures of everyday life-from the Mini and the Anglepoise lamp to wellies and Worcestershire sauce-this guide is a must-have for anyone who wants to understand British culture from the inside out, with all its idiosyncrasies and quirks.

  28. Industrial Design A-Z

    Industrial Design A-Z

    Tracing the evolution of industrial design from the Industrial Revolution to the present day, the book bursts with synergies of form and function that transform our daily experience. From cameras to kitchenware, Lego to Lamborghini, we meet the individual designers, the global businesses, and above all the genius products, that become integrated into even the smallest details of our lives. Alongside star designers like Marc Newson and Philippe Starck, and major global brands like Braun, Samsung, and Apple, lesser-known and newcomer entries such as Brompton Bicycles and Enercon wind turbines attest to product design's restless pace, as well as to today's most pressing challenges and priorities to which it must turn its creative invention.

  29. Product Sketchbook - Idea, Process and Refinement

    Product Sketchbook: Idea, Process and Refinement

    Product Sketchbook Idea, Process and Refinement is a thorough creative resource for anyone involved in the field of product design. Divided into sections covering electrical appliances, articles for daily use, wearable items, and vehicles, the projects within range from solidly practical to whimsical concepts designed for a better future; futuristic combine harvesters and luxury sports cars to concepts for Adidas and Nike footwear, or simply a more ergonomic screwdriver handle or more efficient electric teakettle.