industrial design

Let the Material Design Itself

John Cho Moore grew tired of the limitations of the industrial design process and is now trying to capture the essence of design with his beautifully handmade bamboo and canvas bags.

Follow John through his unique manufacturing process that challenges convention thinking about product design and the creative process.

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Design’s Return on Investment

Looks like China is getting it when it comes to design.

In a recent interview on the local Chinese CCTV, Chen Dongliang, Director of the Beijing Industrial Design Center, has highlighted the tremendous economic value of Industrial Design to China’s economy.

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Lessons for Industrial Designers to Engineer Desirability That They Don’t Teach You In Design Schools

Being the dean of a Design School is no easy job today. Design schools is struggling to serve three masters: to the student and the industry and to the society, the last one is a new one as designers generally have come to a consensus that design for social change is part of the design agenda.

 

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Steps to Creating an Engaging Product Experience

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Did You Have Your Sustainability Discussion Today?

by: Design Translator

Designers these days face a lot of pressure to not only do good design, but also to do the right thing. Indeed the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly products cannot and should not be underestimated. However, while Designers are central to the creation of these products, it takes a lot more than just having the “Will” to do it.

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Design Should Be an Iterative Process Not a Linear One

by: Design Translator

Anders Ramsay, a UX designer, has done an excellent job in explaining on his blog the advantages of an Iterative Design Process versus a “Waterfall” (or Linear as I call it) design process.

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Dieter Rams and His 10 Design Commandments

by: Design Translator

My first exposure to Dieter Rams was through a German lecturer I had at school that really idolized him. Perhaps it was his constant, “Dieter did this” or “Dieter would have done that” that really put me off! Now that I think about it, my former lecturer even looked and dressed like him! However through out the years, I have come to recognize Dieter’s extensive and important influence over modern industrial design.

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5 Secrets of Strategic Designers

by: Design Translator

The background of this article stems from my interest in how Strategic Industrial Design forms the backbone of thinking in the very best designers in our field. Therefore I have been quietly spending some time studying and observing strategic designers and their “modus operandi”. In the process, I have been fortunate to meet, attend lectures, interact and share ideas with such talented strategic designers and design leaders.

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Question of the Week: My Non-designer Boss Thinks I Suck!

by: Design Translator

This question of the week by reader Jane is delayed, in fact much delayed. Apologies as I have been caught up with work! She writes:

I’ve been working at a product design company for almost a year and a half. Meeting new friends, colleagues, clients, manufacturer and people from different walks of life has been so fun and it has certainly kept me going for so long. Notice I did not mention my boss at all, well he does not have a design background.

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Designers Need to Be 3 People at the Same Time!

by: Design Translator

To be an industrial designers you have to be three people at the same time.

You have to be the crazy person.

Then you have to be the person who reviews those crazy ideas and says, “no, not that, and not that either”.

The third person has to be the observer who stands off to the side and managers that process.

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