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New IDSA Board Takes Office
On May 1, 2015, John Barratt, president and CEO of TEAGUE, one of the most established and respected design firms in the world, assumed the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of IDSA.
Spring Issue Now Available Online
This special issue of INNOVATION delves into all things related to designing products that are seamless extensions of our hands and mind.
Meet us at the Intersection
IDSA’s Midwest District Design Conference (MWDDC) 2015 kicks off May 1 and continues through May 2 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis.
Crafting Skillets through ID
Borough Furnace is a metal casting workshop that designs and individually handcrafts environmentally cautious skillets in small batches.
May the 4th Be With You
What if Jony Ive gave design tips to JJ Abrams for the new droids? The answer is a clever mashup of Star Wars and Apple designs with extreme attention to detail.
Design for Disassembly
In 1991 Budd Steinhilber and Tom David appeared in a segment on ID on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and introduced the concept of waste reduction through design for disassembly.
“In the end this most prosperous and glamorous and complicated of professions comes down to a thing that is very old and very simple: one man’s integrity against another’s, one man’s capacity as a working artist against another’s, the vision with which he establishes his standards and the courage with which he sticks by them. The rest is trimming.” —George Nelson
Frustrated by the difficulty of procuring fresh food for his army, in 1795 Napoleon Bonaparte offered a prize to whomever could devise a solution for preserving food, which spurred the invention of the tin can 15 years later.
Montgomery Ward hired Anne Swainson in 1931 to establish the company’s Bureau of Design, overseeing a staff who designed everything from tires to toasters tp the company’s catalog and enabled it to make a quick recovery from the Depression.
Anti-Expo Protests Turn Violent in Milan
Police have fired tear gas at protesters opposing the Milan Expo on its opening day, who have set fire to cars and plastered the city in anti-Expo graffiti.
The Incredible Markup of the Apple Watch
The chips and sensors and vibration engines and other parts total up to $81.20 in the 38mm version of the Watch, or about 24 percent of the retail price.
Autodesk + HoloLens
Autodesk goes full-on Microsoft with HoloLens and 3D printing pact.
The $80 Prosthetic Knee
Engineer Krista Donaldson introduces the ReMotion knee, a prosthetic device for above-knee amputees, many of whom earn less than $4 a day.
The End of Product Failure
Bresslergroup's director of industrial design on three technologies that will take the risk out of product innovation.
Egmont Arens and Theodore Brookhart’s 1940 Streamliner Meat Slicer, still in use at delicatessens across the nation, featured rounded streamlined forms that made operation and cleaning easier.
Fake ID plays off of the notion that we as designers intend to sneak into this world using any means necessary, even if it is borrowed, bought or stolen from other fields."
Designers predict the future is now in wireless lighting: "Wires are really archaic. Like the light bulb, which looked modern until five years ago when suddenly the LED arrived and now it's history."
Some companies are starting to view a 3D printer as a mandatory part of the design iteration process, akin to a workstation.