Product Development

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.

Intense Design: Product Design Lessons from Cold War Era Skunk Works

 

You have a wonderful idea and want to make it real. What are the first steps? Many forces act on you to slow you down, but your imagination, creativity, and passion need to overcome these constraints. Intense Design (CreateSpace, 2020) presents a time in history when great ideas became great products, such as the SR-71 Blackbird. How did an organization shrug off all the problems associated with Mach 3 travel?

Touchy Feely

Seemingly mundane, everyday micro-interactions can be rich with emotion. Touchy/Feely is a tool for uncovering the richness of these micro-moments to build and apply empathy during the design process. A Touchy is an interaction. A Feely is an emotional response to the interaction. It can be something you say out loud, something you say to yourself, something commonly said, specific memories or associations, a physiological reaction, or some other emotional descriptor. Some Feelies are personal because we bring our own references and memories to interactions.

Protecting Designs in America

This book is a primer for designers and attorneys who represent them for protecting product designs from copying by competitors. Particularly for consumer products, designers spend a great effort into making otherwise purely functional items into works of art one enjoys having displayed in their kitchen, bathroom, office, shop, and elsewhere. Yet unscrupulous competitors can copy or mimic the designs often with impunity.

Engineering for Industrial Designers and Inventors: Fundamentals for Designers of Wonderful Things

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 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.

Design Research: Methods and Perspectives

The tools of design research, writes Brenda Laurel, will allow designers "to claim and direct the power of their profession." Often neglected in the various curricula of design schools, the new models of design research described in this book help designers to investigate people, form, and process in ways that can make their work more potent and more delightful. "At the very least," Peter Lunenfeld writes in the preface, "design research saves us from reinventing the wheel.

Contextual Design: Defining Customer-Centered Systems

This book introduces a customer-centered approach to business by showing how data gathered from people while they work can drive the definition of a product or process while supporting the needs of teams and their organizations. This is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone trying to design systems that reflect the way customers want to do their work. The authors developed Contextual Design, the method discussed here, through their work with teams struggling to design products and internal systems.

A Designer's Research Manual: Succeed in Design by Knowing Your Clients and What They Really Need (Design Field Guide)

Doing research can make all the difference between a great design and a good design. By engaging in competitive intelligence, customer profiling, color and trend forecasting, etc., designers are able to bring something to the table that reflects a commercial value for the client beyond a well-crafted logo or brochure. Although scientific and analytical in nature, research is the basis of all good design work. This book provides a comprehensive manual for designers on what design research is, why it is necessary, how to do research, and how to apply it to design work.

 

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