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3D Printing Is Not Green
The technology, widely championed as a sustainable alternative to traditional manufacturing, has some key environmental drawbacks.
Students Head to Sesame Street
Fifteen students in RIT’s Industrial Design program will spend this semester designing products for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street.
Kasa is one of Panasonic's explorations into the ability of products and design in general to influence our moods.
To help reduce the global impact of the 600 billion disposable cups sold each year, Starbucks and McDonald’s are launching a three-year project to build a better cup: one that’s both fully recyclable and compostable.
How Toyota Changed Manufacturing
The Toyota Production System and their kanban, a/k/a lean manufacturing/just-in-time manufacturing methodology, has influenced how things are made all around the world.
AI Is Coming for ID
MIT researchers have debuted a tool that automatically generates products–and analyzes them in detail–on your behalf.
Unreal Studio Powers
A VR headset displays the latest iteration of a BMW design onto a real mock interior. The system has built-in features like virtual driving, which allows the team to test out whether designs for certain controls are impractical.
After a number of years as senior director, Oliver Seil, IDSA, assumed the helm of the design group, where he harnesses Belkin's considerable resources to execute projects that while adhering to Belkin's motto of "People inspired."
Ode to Joy
How do tangible things create this intangible feeling of joy? At first, the answer seemed unequivocal: they don’t. Yet, I noticed many moments when people seemed to find real joy in the material world.
Tonal CEO and founder teamed up with Dan Harden, IDSA, the CEO and principal designer at Whipsaw, to take his engine and turn it into a compact exercise machine that wouldn’t be out of place in the home.
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.
A New Provost
ArtCenter College of Design has named Karen Hofmann, IDSA, as its new provost. She is an alumna who chaired the Product Design department since 2009 and most recently served as interim provost.
What You Put In
“If I hadn’t been involved in IDSA and going to the district conferences and events like that, I can’t say that I would be on the path that I am on now. It is part College and part me that took the initiative to be involved,” said ClayVon Lowe, IDSA.
How can we create a practical and efficient litter basket for New York City that reduces litter and better serves both Sanitation Workers and the public? Submissions are welcome from the entire design community and due Sept. 20.
High Earning Potential
The design field can be competitive and demanding, but it's a great career path for anyone truly passionate about art.
Everyone has a dream job growing up: doctor, vet, ice cream taste tester. But how do you actually get the gig? Listen to
How to Be a Lego Designer.
The Battle Is Over
Apple and Samsung just ended their epic seven-year legal patent infringement fight.
Crustaceans are good for a lot more than just dinner. The secret to more durable industrial design is shrimp.
This Bra Could Save Lives
An MIT startup reimagines the bra as a heart monitor—and aims to fill the data gap for women’s heart disease.
What Will We Wear on Mars?
Elon Musk and President Trump are both determined to send humans to Mars. But do we have the spacesuits to get us there?
a Social Worker
For Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA, there’s never been a separation between the making side of design and the social side. “It all boils down to how people treat each other,” he tells SYPartners in Episode 3 of this podcast series.
How Punk Rock Changed Design
Punk itself was remarkably short-lived. It lives on in design, where rule-breaking and DIY tactics became de rigueur in design schools and practice.
How SQ1CON Came to Be
Advanced Design Sketching (ADS) is getting ready to host their second SQ1CON in Chicago this July 13 and 14 after a successful inaugural event last year. Hector Silva, IDSA tells the story of how ADS and SQ1CON came to be.
International ID Protection
Experts in design registration protection recently presented at the inaugural Design Law Boot Camp. The Boot Camp brought together Design experts from across the US and a small number of invited International speakers.
The International Design Process
Haworth’s Fern Chair—an IDEA 2017 Bronze winner—is the result of an intensive five-year collaboration between Berlin-based industrial design studio ITO Design and the company’s design studio in Holland, MI.
STEAM programs could explore opportunities where art naturally fits in the STEM arena. Art can be treated as an applied subject—just like math and science.
For fun, an industrial designer gave US bills a redesign, starting with the material: Polymer.
by Libby Sellers profiles 21 of the modern era’s most dynamic female designers working across all media, scales, and disciplines.
Residential + commercial = resimercial, or interior design for commercial spaces that embrace the qualities of the home. It’s a trend that’s poised to change the industry for designers and manufacturers alike.
The Mustang is Staying
The Mustang's recognition is the biggest reason that, when Ford announced it was dropping its car models in favor of SUVs and SUV-like vehicles, the Mustang was left standing.
Design plagiarism is often intentional–but can just as frequently be accidental. And no wonder: Searching for similar logos and marks is nearly impossible in the warren of databases of American trademarks, much less in any other country.