Industrial Design

Beauty & Efficiency


The progressive and innovative design and mechanics of the Marmon Sixteen – a custom-made, sixteen cylinder automobile manufactured in 1931 by the Indianapolis Marmon Motor Car Co. are promoted in this two volume publication.  The book details the theories and goals of the head designer, Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960), and the engineer, Howard C.
Marmon Sixteen, Walter Dorwin Teague, Howard C. Marmon, Industrial Design, Automobile Design

James Dyson: Designing Out Annoyances


For many of us, a glance at everyday appliances elicits a wince or a groan: they're dull looking, break easily and frequently, and never work quite as well as we'd like. Our lives are full of minor annoyances that we try, often unsuccessfully, to ignore. But when James Dyson is annoyed by an appliance, he doesn't ignore it; he embraces it, seeing in a product’s shortcomings the opportunity to create something better, that will work (well), look cool, and surpass all similar devices.
Vacuum cleaner, James Dyson, DC-07, Industrial Design, appliances

Before There Were Ring Tones There Were Rings


If you grew up in America in the mid-1950s-70s, you no doubt encountered the Model 500 telephone or one of its variants in almost every home or workplace you entered. The model 500 became the standard desk-style phone in the U.S., with over 93 million units produced for homes and offices between 1949 and the divestiture of AT&T (the Bell System) in 1984.
Telephone, Model 500, Henry Dreyfuss, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Western Electric Manufacturing Company, Industrial Design

Living Modern


In 1939, the pioneering industrial designer Donald Deskey, was asked to participate in the Contemporary Industrial Arts Exhibition to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in early 1940.  For his project, he designed a prefabricated weekend cabin, called “Sportshack,” depicted in this air-brush rendering.
Donald Deskey, Industrial Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Aklo glass, Libbey Owns Ford, prefabrication, New York World's Fair 1940

Radio City Music Hall: A Celebration of American Modern Design


Donald Deskey, Radio City Music Hall, Industrial Design, Bauhaus, Samuel Rothafel, rococo, carpet design, entertainment, drawing, Great Depression, New York City

High Fashion Train Interior


Of all of the pioneering industrial designers, including Norman Bel Geddes, Walter Dorwin Teague, and Henry Dreyfuss, Raymond Loewy is by far most well-known to the American public. His designs for the original Coca-Cola contour bottle and logo, the Exxon logo, and the Avanti car are icons of 1950s and 1960s design.
Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Design, Pennsylvania Railroad, trains, illustration, concept drawings, drawing

Red-Hot!


Red! Here I Am! Red-hot! In 2009, I first noticed this electric space heater prototype, designed in 1973 by Bill Moggridge, from across an exhibition gallery. The form immediately grabbed my attention with its startling—yet pleasing—tone of vibrant red. A departure from the black- or beige-box modernism of many industrial design objects of the period, this heater combines rational design with emotional appeal in a highly utilitarian object.
Heater, Bill Moggridge, Hoover Ltd., england, 1970s, Industrial Design, modernism

Cooper-Hewitt: Cherry Blossom by Antenna


Industrial designers Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger are partners in the firm Antenna. Udagawa and Moeslinger create functional products for complex systems. For the 2003 Triennial (Inside Design Now), Antenna created a shower of cherry blossoms. Petals float and cluster in relation to the number of visitors traversing the Museum's grand staircase, creating a satisfying symmetry between the electrodes that trigger the blossoms and the nerve endings they touch in us.
Cherry Blossom, Antenna, Industrial Design, Inside Design Now, Exhibition, 2003

2010 National Design Awards: Product Design - Smart Design


The 2010 Product Design award goes to Smart Design. Founded in 1980, Smart Design is led by Davin Stowell and Tom Dair. They are a multidisciplinary design consultancy, responsible for designing the OXO Good Grips kitchen tools, the SmartGauge instrument cluster for the Ford Fusion Hybrid, New York City taxi graphics, and medical devices for UCB.
National Design Awards, 2010, Smart Design, davin stowell, Tom Dair, OXO Good Grips, New York City Taxi, Industrial Design, product design

Cooper-Hewitt: Unity of Opposites: A Conversation with Doshi-Levien


Join London-based design duo Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien in a conversation about their new furniture collection for Moroso that combines handmade and industrial production, a design approach that reflects a cross-cultural creative process. The discussion is moderated by Julie Lasky, Editor-In-Chief of I.D. Magazine.
Unity of Opposites, Nipa Doshi, Jonathan Levien, Doshi Levien, Designer, London, Industrial Design, industrial production, handmade, furniture, Moroso, cross-cultural, Julie Lasky, I.D. Magazine, Matilda McQuaid, talk, long, public program

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