In Meghalaya, India—known as the wettest place on earth—the Khasis have trained rubber fig trees to grow into bridges across rivers during monsoons and heavy rains. Beyond their utility, they are visually stunning and have become a symbol of how humans can work with, not against, nature. Photo, published in Vogue, by Pete Oxford / Courtesy of Taschen, publisher of Lo―TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism by Julia Watson.
IDSA's annual International Design Conference (IDC) returned in a virtual format on September 22-23, 2021. The event included the IDSA Education Symposium and featured over 50 presenters, panelists, and workshop leaders, all timed in a carefully choreographed progression over a continuous 24-hour span. Missed out? Get access to the IDC 2021 Video Library Showcase!
Speaking for myself and IDSA, we are proud to welcome Mark E. Benden, PhD, CPE, and now IDSA member to the association. Mark is joining me as a subject matter expert in Human Factors and Ergonomics for the Furniture Section.
So you have a great new idea, eager buyers, keen investors and a wonderful team. All that’s left is bringing the product into the physical world. What will it look like? How will users interact with it? How will it be made? That’s when you call an industrial designer.
Redesign of Loon Kayak, 2015 (by Mat Cardinali, IDSA)
Perhaps Maine is not the first state that comes to mind when one thinks about industrial design. Outside of states with prominent industrial design schools in the Northeast, such as New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, Maine is set apart, but certainly not to be counted out.