Engineering for Industrial Designers and Inventors


If you have designs for wonderful machines in mind, but aren’t sure how to turn your ideas into real, engineered products that can be manufactured, marketed, and used, this book, Engineering for Industrial Designers and Inventors (OReilly, 2016), is for you.

Engineering professor and veteran maker Tom Ask helps you integrate mechanical engineering concepts into your creative design process by presenting them in a rigorous but largely nonmathematical format.

Wooden Wonders: Traditional Malaysian Fishing Boats


Wooden Wonders: Traditional Malaysian Fishing Boats (UTM Academic Press, 2021) is a study undergirding ethnography design in this application.

It is an example of designing for people different than ourselves using ethnography and other epistemologies to compliment “technical” positivistic approaches.


Expert Design Witness 101

Since the Apple/Samsung litigation over the design of smartphones and tablets, the value of ornamental design patents has exploded within the intellectual property community primarily because of the unprecedented amount of money that changed hands for infringing Apple's design patents.

As I testified in that case, other industrial designers have since asked me what does an industrial designer actually do during design patent litigation and how does one become an expert design witness.

The Future of Design


How can today's designers better engage with new and emerging technologies to take advantage of the opportunities these technologies can bring?


Using a wealth of examples from across multiple industries and countries, design expert Lorraine Justice fully explores the factors that will determine your success and provides a unique framework for navigating the industry into the future.

DecoRadio – the most beautiful radios ever made

With 380 brilliant photos and engaging text, this book presents some 300 of the rarest and most beautiful radios ever made for home or workplace. The advent of the small, mantle or tabletop radio in 1930 gave a huge impetus to the spread of radio, not only allowing multiple sets in the home, but changing the listener from the family to the individual. This book highlights a small subset of tube (valve) radios that incorporated new styling, materials, and approaches to consumer marketing in the 1930s and 1940s.

Makers by Cory Doctorow

Perry and Lester invent things: seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems. When Kodak and Duracell are broken up for parts by sharp venture capitalists, Perry and Lester help to invent the “New Work,” a New Deal for the technological era. Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-startups. Together, they transform the nation and blogger Andrea Fleeks is there to document it.