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Understanding Industrial Design

Book Description

With the coming flood of connected products, many UX and interaction designers are looking into hardware design, a discipline largely unfamiliar to them. If you’re among those who want to blend digital and physical design concepts successfully, this practical book helps you explore seven long-standing principles of industrial design.

Two present and former design directors at IDEO, the international design and innovation firm, use real-world examples to describe industrial designs that are sensorial, simple, enduring, playful, thoughtful, sustainable, and beautiful. You’ll learn how to approach, frame, and evaluate your designs as they extend beyond the screen and into the physical world.

  • Sensorial: create experiences that fully engage our human senses
  • Simple: design simple products that provide overall clarity in relation to their purpose
  • Enduring: build products that wear well and live on as classics
  • Playful: use playful design to go beyond functionality and create emotional connections
  • Thoughtful: observe people’s struggles and anticipate their needs
  • Sustainable: design products that reduce environmental impact
  • Beautiful: elevate the experience of everyday products through beauty

Table of Contents

  1. Praise for Understanding Industrial Design
  2. Preface
    1. Who Should Read This Book?
    2. How Is the Book Structured?
      1. Chapter 1, A Brief History of Industrial and Interaction Design
      2. Chapter 2, Sensorial
      3. Chapter 3, Simple
      4. Chapter 4, Enduring
      5. Chapter 5, Playful
      6. Chapter 6, Thoughtful
      7. Chapter 7, Sustainable
      8. Chapter 8, Beautiful
      9. Chapter 9, Conclusion
    3. Comments and Questions
    4. Safari® Books Online
    5. Acknowledgments
      1. From Simon
      2. From Kuen
  3. 1. A Brief History of Industrial and Interaction Design
    1. Industrial Revolution
      1. Design for Business
      2. Design for People
      3. Design for Technology
      4. Design for Context
      5. Designing for Behavior
    2. Computing Revolution
      1. The Split Between Physical and Digital
    3. Information Revolution
    4. Smartphones
    5. Smart Everything
  4. 2. Sensorial
    1. Formgiving
    2. Color, Materials, Finish (CMF)
    3. Multisensorial Products
    4. Addictive Action
    5. Delightful Reaction
      1. Reaction Versus Feedback
      2. Audio Feedback
    6. New Frontiers: Designing for Smell and Taste
    7. An Orchestration of the Senses
  5. 3. Simple
    1. Tiny Tweaks
    2. Physical Modes
    3. Contextual Clarity
    4. Smart Combinations
    5. Magical Moments
    6. Simple > Complex > Simplicity
  6. 4. Enduring
    1. Worn In
    2. Quintessential
    3. Tailored
    4. Adaptable
      1. Anticipated Changes
      2. Unanticipated Changes
    5. Repairable
    6. Layers of Change
  7. 5. Playful
    1. Provide Amusement
    2. Delight with the Unexpected
    3. Elevate Everyday Actions
    4. Offer an Emotional Boost
    5. Encourage Behavior Change
    6. Path to the Playground
  8. 6. Thoughtful
    1. Observe People’s Struggles
    2. Anticipate the Context of Use
    3. Concentrate on Comfort
    4. Include Everyone
    5. Design Is in the (Thoughtful) Details
  9. 7. Sustainable
    1. Enable Recycling
    2. Reduce Waste
    3. Provide a Second Life
    4. Maximize Resources
      1. Harness Natural Energy
      2. Rely on Symbiotic Platforms
      3. Increase Utilization Through Sharing
    5. Sustainability as a Process
  10. 8. Beautiful
    1. Beauty as Everyday
    2. Beauty as Dignity
    3. Beauty as Honesty
    4. Beauty as Requirement
  11. 9. Conclusion
    1. Hybrid Education
    2. Hybrid Business
    3. Hybrid Designers
  12. A. About the Author
  13. B. O’reilly®: Understanding Industrial Design
  14. Index
  15. About the Authors
  16. Colophon
  17. Copyright