Product Design Hub & Forum

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.

IDSA’s Smart Design= Sustainable Design

IDSA’s Smart Design= Sustainable Design

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. 

AIGA Design Archives

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.”