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Protect Your Intellect
Every company has some type of intellectual property (IP). Here are some best practices to implement with their own IP.
Design Is Never Neutral
Designers can’t simply make digital products easier to use. They have to think about what’s in the best interests of the user.
From Implants to Ice Cube Trays
Designers like Kiersten Muenchinger, IDSA, love working with silicone because of its durability, flexibility and affordability. But it wasn't always used for household goods.
First iPhone Keyboard Design
An ex-Apple employee is releasing a new book that details Apple’s design process from the inside, retelling his own anecdotes of working on the iPhone and iPad, demoing to Steve Jobs and more.
ID Films to Binge
Here are some of the best films about industrial design. You’ll be captivated by not only their content but by their beauty.
Cybercrime + Design
IBM’s growing security-focused creative unit is comprised of UX specialists, industrial designers, content writers, motion animators, illustrators, developers, and user researchers.
Apple knows how to press our emotional buttons in certain, honorable ways. It dictates how we react to the company in our purchases. We are emotionally attached to Apple, and it shows.
Why so Blue?
To keep passengers safe and chilled out, a lot goes into designing airline seats—including selecting the right color.
Mobility Unlimited Challenge
The global call-to-action, ending on 8/15, challenges designers and world thinkers for concepts that provide mobility solutions for those with lower-limb paralysis.
A Chicago Original
You are not holding just a red plastic party cup, you are holding a story, a lineage, a tragedy and a comforting cultural signifier of communal togetherness. You are holding a lesson in the pros and cons of ubiquity, and a model of clean design.
A selection of Preston Tucker’s postwar car renderings will go on display in an exhibit timed to coincide with the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Read the employment growth rates, what skills are trending, and where in the US industrial designers work.
A Design Crime
IDSA Ambassador Samsung has demonstrated new tests that prove device manufacturers now understand how to make phones and tablets that never break. The question is, when will crack-proof screens be the rule rather than the exception?
Real Designers Please Stand Up
Over the years, some have noticed a minor turf battle for rights to the title of “designer.”
(Re)Designing the Future
GM is taking a small step into the future—dipping its toes into the full generative design capabilities with a redesigned seat bracket.
A recap of the second Square One conference (SQ1CON), hosted by nonprofit Advanced Design Sketching and created by Chicago design educator Hector Silva, IDSA.
The current look of Air Force One is a true design classic. It dates back to 1962 and is the result of collaboration between JFK and Raymond Loewy, FIDSA.
Lisa Yong offers these words of advice to other young women looking to succeed in traditionally male-dominated fields.
Design Is in Our Nature
The design approach is underlined by a sense of innocence and an understanding that is driven by exploration rather than processes. Where there are freeform exploration and experimentation, there is chaos.
This may sound like a generational battle but there is more to it. These debates encourage humility. You don’t find unity in what great designers love and hate as far as design tools. There is no “best” design method and no “best” design tool.