Industrial Design - where function meets form
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away
Wikipedia tells us that industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) tells us that in a legal sense, industrial design constitutes the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. Educators talk more about designing, re-designing, and developing industrial solutions for manufactured products, including managing the products entire life from inception, launch, marketing, and production. Many experts also now include in industrial design the study of the environmental impact of both the manufacturing processes and the entire product life-cycle, including at the end of a products useful life.
This is really just a place marker for the future
The Encyclopaedia of Human-Computer Interaction has a chapter on Industrial Design
On the 10 June 2009, Fast Company published an article entitled "The 30 Most Important Books for Product Designers". I have copied below the links to those 30 book.
One of the most common questions at any student Q&A with a master of design is: Where do you get your inspiration from? And the only answer we’ve ever heard which makes any sense is: Books. Reading. Keeping your eyes open to ideas, rather than literal pieces of design.
1) The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
2) The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) by John Maeda
3) Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication by Neil Gershenfeld
4) Designing Design by Kenya Hara
5) Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler.
6) Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart.
7) It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be: The World’s Best Selling Book by Paul Arden
8) The Lovemarks Effect: Winning in the Consumer Revolution by Kevin Roberts
9) Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas by Seth Godin.
10) Design (Tom Peters Essentials) by Tom Peters.
11) Journals from the Design Management Institute by DMI members.
12) The Creative Priority : Putting Innovation to Work in Your Business by Jerry Hirshberg
13) Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge.
14) Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step by Edward De Bono.
15) What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School: Notes From A Street-Smart Executive by Mark H. McCormack.
16) The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.
17) The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley.
18) Design Secrets: Products 1 and 2: 50 Real-Life Product Design Projects Uncovered by Lynn Haller and Cheryl Dangel Cullen, and edited by Industrial Designers Society of America.
19) Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture by Jennifer Hudson.
20) Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals by Rob Thompson.
21) Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus
22) Product Design and Development by Karl T. Ulrich and Steven D. Eppinger.
23) Managing the Design Factory by Donald G. Reinertsen.
24) Presentation Techniques by Dick Powell.
25) Creative Marker Techniques: In Combination With Mixed Media by Yoshiharu Shimizu
26) Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur.
27) Architecture: Form, Space, & Order by Francis D. K. Ching.
28) Elements of Design: Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual Relationships by Gail Greet Hannah.
29) Basic Visual Concepts And Principles For Artists, Architects And Designers by Charles Wallschlaeger and Cynthia Busic-Snyder.
30) Digital Lighting and Rendering (2nd Edition) by Jeremy Birn.