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.
AIGA Design Archives
AIGA is one of the most premiere professional design associations a designer can be a member. Their website alone, is something that every industrial designer should be aware of. However, for this webliography, I would like to focus on their design archives. These archives showcase over 20,000 products that have been in the AIGA competitions, spanning from 1924 to the present. AIGA notes that it’s archives are “one of the richest online resources available to those who practice, study and appreciate great design. It represents the quality of work being created, as well as shifting aesthetics and sensibilities of the designers of the day.”
Engineering.com presents a weekly, 3 minute podcast on iTunes, called The Product Design Show. The episode “Chair Ergonomics Presents a Design Challenge” caught my attention because it is a perfect example of ergonomics and the study of human factors, even with an object as simple as a chair. The podcast demonstrates “smart engineering” by making adjustments to the design of a chair to accommodate a common user issue– slouching.
This picture accurately shows part of the design process for making new products. I found this photo on a product designer’s, Kevin Yip, portfolio webpage. Although there is much more to the design and manufacturing process, he is illustrating the human factor and ergonomics of his anticipated product, The Sherpa, “a hiking device designed to take the weight off the users back, and onto the ground.”