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See below for a selection of the latest books from Product design category. Presented with a red border are the Product design books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Product design books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Total Interaction

Total Interaction

Author: Gerhard M. Buurman Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/04/2005

Interactivity is the catchword for a wide range of innovative solutions that concept designers and engineers are developing in every area of technology and culture. For the authors interaction is more than a technological or aesthetic concept, it is a new means to ally humans and technology in a dynamic and reciprocal form of living in technology . This publication gathers together scientists and contributors from diverse fields of activity, providing a fascinating, up-to-date survey of the technological and conceptual equipment of experts engaged in aesthetic disciplines and product design. The editor, Professor Gerhard M. Buurman, is Head of Interactiondesign at the University of Art, Media and Design (HGKZ) in Zurich. Unter dem Stichwort der Interaktivitat arbeiten heute Designer, Ingenieure und Konzepter an innovativen Loesungen fur alle Bereiche der Technik und Kultur. Interaktivitat beschreibt eine dynamische und wechselseitig wirkende Kooperation von Mensch und Technik und sie bedingt ein neues Denken unter der realistischen Annahme von einem Leben in Technik . Das Buch fuhrt Wissenschaftler und Menschen aus ganz unterschiedlichen Praxisbereichen zusammen und gibt einen spannenden und aktuellen UEberblick uber das technologische und konzeptionelle Rustzeug von Experten, die im Bereich der asthetischen Disziplinen arbeiten und Produkte gestalten. Der Herausgeber Professor Gerhard M. Buurman ist Head of Interactiondesign an der HGKZ.

Product Engineering

Product Engineering

Author: Doru Talaba Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2005

This book contains an edited version of the lectures and selected contributions presented during the Advanced Summer Institute on Product Engineering: Eco-Design, Technologies and Green Energy organized at the st Transilvania University of Brasov (Romania) in the period 14-21 of July 2004. The Advanced Summer Institute (ASI) was organized in the framework of the European FP5 funded project ADEPT - Advanced computer aided Design of Ecological Products and Technologies integrating green energy sources and was devoted to the Product Engineering field, with particular attention to the aspects related to the environmentally conscious design and green energy sources. The objective of the ASI was to create the framework for meeting of leading scientists with PhD holders and advanced PhD students carrying out research in the field of Eco-Design, CAD, Simulation technologies, Robotics, Manufacturing and green energy sources. The aim was to create conditions for high level training through a series of 15 invited lectures presented by world reputed scientists, as well as to give possibilities for young researchers to present their achievements and to establish professional contacts. The ASI was seen also as an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants from Europe and elsewhere who are involved in the study, management, development and implementation of product engineering principles in the learning and teaching sectors, as well as professionals to come together and share ideas on projects and examples of best practice.

Dish

Dish

Author: Julie Muller Stahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2004

The big design surveys of the past few years tend to have two things in common: a lot of creative design and very few women designers. Dish is here to set the record straight. This exciting collection features new work by over forty emerging and established female designers from over fifteen countries.The innovative, cutting-edge work in Dish provides a fresh take on current trends in product design for the home, including furniture, ceramics, glassware, lighting, and textiles. Works range from Monica Nicoletti's Place Holders moving boxes that serve as transitional furniture to Matali Crasset's Phytolab that combines plants and plastic in a bathroom project. They explore materials, from Sara Unruh's chemically treated silk fabric to Anette Hermann's rubber and metal chair, in which the user becomes part of the construction. Each designer is featured with examples of her work, biographical information, and a personal statement that encapsulates her approach. A foreword by Susan Yelavich and essays by experts in making, selling, and critiquing contemporary design offer insights into the conceptual, aesthetic, functional, and political nature of the work. All together, this book dishes out the hottest work around.

Old China/new Style: Antique Furniture & Accessories, 1780-1930

Old China/new Style: Antique Furniture & Accessories, 1780-1930

Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2004

The arts and crafts of the second half of China's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) are represented, with a brief nod to the early 20th century and the Art Deco influence in Chinese design. Included are the tools of the scholar, ancestor paintings, and other new categories, in addition to Chinese furniture, basketry, and cabinetry. Newly fashionable Chinese furnishings and accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries are presented in nearly 600 full color photographs. Each piece is clearly described and set in its historical context. \nWhile appreciating the beauty of furniture designs of the late Qing dynasty, readers will be enriched by photographs of their places in ancient settings as well as in contemporary household interiors. Designers and decorators will be surprised to see how well these antique forms blend with and enhance contemporary decor. Values are also included.

V&A: Electric Dreams

V&A: Electric Dreams

Author: David Redhead Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2004

Electric Dreams charts the seismic shifts that have transformed the monochrome product world of 1980s consumer electronics into a 21st-century landscape full of shape, colour and variety. It considers the economic and technological imperatives which brought design to the heart of electronic innovation and marketing culture. David Redhead focuses on key companies such as Apple, Nokia and Palm and examines how designers such as Jonathan Ive, Frank Nuovo and IDEO have given form to the innovative technologies that surround us. Based on interviews with designers and commentators and illustrated with a wealth of cutting-edge products, Electric Dreams is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary design, technology and fashion.

Design Basics

Design Basics

Author: Gerhard Heufler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2004

This book explores a wide area, tracing the history of design from its roots, providing an outlook for the future, and describing comprehensive product functions, complex design processes and fundamental theories with illustrative case studies. Not only does the book address enquiry users, but also dedicated companies, interested engineers and designers-to-be from various fields. It is a concise introduction to industrial design written by Gerhard Heufler, an insider who draws on his long-standing experience. There are many questions on the highly topical subject of design and this book aims to provide the answers.

Design and Emotion

Design and Emotion

Format: eBook Release Date: 24/10/2003

There is considerable interest in and growing recognition of the emotional domain in product development. The relationship between the user and the product is paramount in industry, which has led to major research investments in this area. Traditional ergonomic approaches to design have concentrated on the user's physical and cognitive abilities. However, new approaches also take into consideration the user's emotional relationship with their belongings. Design and Emotion is an edited collection of papers given at the 3rd Design and Emotion Conference 2002. These contributions outline the latest developments, findings, and techniques in industrial applications and in research, bringing you up-to-date with the current thinking in this field. As a forum for discussing the latest ideas in emotion-driven design, this book will prove to be essential reading for all human factors specialists involved in design.

Design and Emotion

Design and Emotion

Author: Deana McDonagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2003

There is considerable interest in and growing recognition of the emotional domain in product development. The relationship between the user and the product is paramount in industry, which has led to major research investments in this area. Traditional ergonomic approaches to design have concentrated on the user's physical and cognitive abilities. However, new approaches also take into consideration the user's emotional relationship with their belongings. Design and Emotion is an edited collection of papers given at the 3rd Design and Emotion Conference 2002. These contributions outline the latest developments, findings, and techniques in industrial applications and in research, bringing you up-to-date with the current thinking in this field. As a forum for discussing the latest ideas in emotion-driven design, this book will prove to be essential reading for all human factors specialists involved in design.

Applied Economics

Applied Economics

Author: A. J. Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2003

Among the issues discussed in Applied Economics are world population growth and the economic factors governing international migration: issues that are as pertinent today as when the book was originally published. The problems of defining and comparing industrial and general efficiency in different economies are also discussed, using comparative studies from the UK and USA. The opportunities for analysing the pattern of world trade and the reasons for the varying degrees of national dependence on external trade, as well as the concentration of world export in particular channels are also examined.

Tin

Tin

Author: Rezio Blass, Ulrich Stalder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2003

Creating Breakthrough Ideas

Creating Breakthrough Ideas

Author: Susan Squires Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2002

Research, design, and development firms are actively recruiting anthropologists and other social scientists, as ethnographic research becomes more central to the creation of appropriate new products, services, and marketing strategies for U.S. and global markets. To be successful designers, professionals must learn new processes, develop training programs, modify communication styles, and share their methods to make their work possible. The current volume is written by social scientists, designers, and entrepreneurs who create new products and services. They provide frank and insightful discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing researchers and designers who are learning to collaborate. The book highlights several major topics in order to focus on critical aspects of the industry's highly related features. It provides background information about ethnography, decsribes and analyzes the industry, presents case examples of working practices and discusses emerging methodology based on three fundamental kinds of projects (discovery, design, and evaluation). The book suggests ways emerging design professionals can (1) improve their own performance, (2) change the working processes of the industry itself, (3) contribute to basic ethnographic research, and (4) craft training programs for the next generation of professionals.

Industrial Design of Plastics Products

Industrial Design of Plastics Products

Author: M. Joseph Gordon Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2002

Plastic product design relies on the same formulas and procedures used for the design of metal, yet plastics are unique building materials that require more in-depth knowledge to produce acceptable results. Plastic product designers must address specific quality control concerns in order to produce quality products at acceptable costs. Covering the many variables that impact the success of a plastics manufacturing program, Industrial Design of Plastics Products provides a complete resource for the efficient design and production of plastics. Industrial Design of Plastics Products lists all steps necessary for effectively designing a plastic product for any industry. Physical properties and agency codes are listed, as well as full checklists for all areas of product design, contract, material selection, assembly techniques, manufacture, tooling, decoration, and shipping. The text also offers a list of examples with corresponding case studies to illustrate key concepts. Other features of this comprehensive volume include: An easy-to-understand list of requirements for establishing a manufacturing program A discussion of how material properties should be analyzed to achieve a product with the correct properties A full set of design equations, including examples of how they should be used and considered when designing a plastic product Successful plastic product design involves using the design team method to determine which material, mold, and process is best to manufacture a product. Industrial Design of Plastics Products provides a more detailed treatment in the basics of the subject than any other available resource, proving invaluable to design, chemical, and electrical engineers; materials scientists; and plastics manufacturers.