I stumbled upon this blog entry by the Daily Post @ WordPress.com. After reading everything about ergonomics and sustainability in product design in this webliography, I would like to know what eco-friendly product would you invent?
frog is a global product strategy and design firm. They “work with businesses to drive innovation, identify opportunities, and design meaningful products and experiences that grow brands and delight customers.” I trust this source because they have been around for over 45 years, they are stationed in multiple cities throughout the world, and they showcase an extensive portfolio. To me, their business plan is the best way to run an industrial design business. They not only offer the product design, they also offer marketing, and branding specialists encompassing several design disciplines.
Dexigner is a “comprehensive database of hand-picked design firms, studios, museums, organizations and resources.” They have connections in all aspects of art, but for this webliography, I provide the link straight to the Industrial Design database. However, feel free to explore other categories such as Sustainable Design, 3D Design, and Furniture Design, which are all aspects of Industrial Designs as well. I would use the Dexigner database for help with job searches and networking.
The PBS channel brings us the Off Book series, which hosts a range of contemporary educational topics. In this episode of Off Book, three aspects of product design, build quality and engineering fundamentals, humanism and sustainability, and speculation on the future of the product experience, are explored.
TriplePundit is a media company that promotes ethical, sustainable & profitable businesses. They have over 350,000 monthly readers consisting of business executives, MBA students, consultants, and designers. TriplePundit’s philosophy is based on the “triple bottom line – People, Planet & Profit. The TBL argues that economy, environment and society are inseparably related and an understanding of all three is critical to long term profitability.”
ProductDesignHub is an “online community place, where industrial designers from all over the world come together to socialize and to create, share and find useful resources.” ProductDesignForums, which is the online discussion board associated with this company. “The mission of Product Design Hub is to maintain a friendly and inspirational social environment, where a wide range of inspirational resources are shared.” Visit my two favorite articles on this page Is Contemporary Industrial Design a Form of Art or Engineering? and Steps to Consider when Designing a New Product.
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the top professional association for industrial designers. (note: AIGA, which is stated in a previous post is for all sections of design; IDSA is strictly for Industrial Design.) Even being a student in college and not a practicing professional ,my professors have urged the students to become familiar with IDSA membership to enhance and further our careers. The link I provided is a PDF of research IDSA members conducted to make their goal of effective sustainable design. They did research on how to understand a product’s life cycle, and how to make the life longer (therefore less impact on the environment). This is a credible source, although, the technical vocabulary makes it aimed towards a specialized audience.