Getting the Most Out of Your Design Internship  

by Jordan Maurice June 25, 2014

Being an intern is tough. No matter where you work, whom you work with or what you are doing. You are dropped into an unfamiliar environment and expected to produce design content at a high level, and rather quickly. It’s almost become a rite of passage for design students to have an internship. Experiencing the […]

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5 Essentials for Every Designer

by Marouane Bembli May 27, 2014

There are a few things that I need in my life as a designer and creative professionals. Here are the basic 5 things that I use every day! 1, Pen & Paper Before jumping into the digital world, pen and paper is definitely the way to go. Whatever you’re sketching, products, cars, fashion, landscapes or maybe concept art, […]

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The Art of Product Design

by Lauri Poldre March 10, 2014

The Web has revolutionized so many things, but has only just begun to change what really matters—the physical world. The things you pick up, drive, sit on, and rely on to live your life haven’t been affected by the digital revolution. Until now. The Art of Product Design explains the rise of Open Engineering, a way of breaking down barriers […]

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How many tech companies today can claim they produce products and services that don’t become outdated and obsolete within a year or two?

by Alexander Wastney February 2, 2014

When I think back at the devices I’ve purchased over the last 7 years it scares me to count the products I have been through – 4 cameras, 3 speaker systems, 3 computers, 4 laptops, 5 portable music players, 3 gaming consoles and 5 cell phones! And I’m not even that “into” tech or gadgets! […]

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Steps to Consider when Designing a New product

by Bill Amberg September 2, 2013

You may have the best idea in the world, but unless you follow the tried and tested principles of product design, it’s unlikely to become the successful, marketable item you envisage. Here, we take you through the key stages you must take into account when designing a new product: Strategic enquiry and orientation While, as […]

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Is Contemporary Industrial Design a Form of Art or Engineering?

by Kirby Downey August 25, 2013
LED1 Lamp Designed By Tunto

The oxford dictionary defines design as a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment or other object before it is made. Industrial design pertains to the same concept for products that are mass produced and distributed to the average person. If this is how industrial design […]

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3D Printing and Intellectual Property

by Tim Mount August 13, 2013

Three-dimensional printing Printing with multiple layers of material (instead of two dimensional dots or lines of ink) is commonly known as 3D-printing, because the resulting print-outs are three-dimensional objects.  These objects will need to be printed from digital templates either produced from virtual models or from digitized capture of existing three-dimensional objects.  The material used […]

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dig-8: Teaching Product Development & Entrepreneurship in Chicago Public Schools

by Jessie Mumgaard August 3, 2013
Project DIG Logo Edits

Solving a problem through design research, brainstorming, and, ultimately, coming up with a big idea that incorporates design, manufacturing considerations, and marketing plans (and, later, getting to manufacture and sell one selected design) is unheard of for the majority of 8th grade students. Add the fact that they pitch their ideas and plans to real […]

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How to Keep from Being a Hostage to Your Factory

by Tracy Leigh Hazzard July 29, 2013

Chip Starnes, the executive held hostage for 6 days in his Beijing, China factory found out the hard way that Chinese workers are unusually empowered in labor disputes. To some, this might seem like an isolated incident, but it is not. As product designers, we spend almost 3 months each year working with our clients’ […]

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