For many of us, lighting is just a matter of wattage and bulb type. Maybe we’ve grappled with the question of whether an inefficient incandescent or a CFL, with its trace mercury content, is the lesser of two evils. But…
Speirs and Major’s architectural approach to lighting goes beyond fixtures and foot candles.
Appearances are deceiving in one contemporary-art collector’s backyard.
Industrial Facility masters the fine art of stripping function to its most elegant and elemental.
George Nelson—architect, industrial designer, writer, editor, gadfly, and master impresario. Now the talented team behind one of design’s great figures reveals the method to the madness—and how his greatest genius may have been his skill in bringing them together.
A young designer that uses nature as his guide
The mastermind behind Muji’s global brand explains the stripped-down beauty of Japanese design.
Once they have left the factory floor and are actually being put to use, products get deployed in myriad unintended ways. It’s a lesson the industry should take to heart.
What are the implications for industrial designers if the strongest consumer impulse becomes not buying?
The master of modern ergonomics talks about the ultimate form of market analysis.
The Iraq war has produced thousands of wounded veterans, propelling research into the ultimate ergonomic challenge: the perfect prosthetic. Military amputees now find themselves on the front lines of prosthetics research, with each new development promising more than mere mobility.
The legendary Italian designer—a man of fiery polemics and rigorously pure forms—has produced a remarkable body of work, built surely for the ages.
Creating an evocative user experience involves tapping into our most powerful method of recall and recognition.
In a recent exhibition, Jasper Morrison coined a term for a collection of humble, well-made objects. His own work exhibits the same simplicity of purpose.
Faced with a hostile business climate, retailers look for new ways to attract shoppers.
What’s an industrial designer to do in the midst of economic chaos? Our columnist offers some career advice.
A curious lineage exists between the dapper Frenchman and today’s contemporary stars.
The Perkins Brailler—which has served as a literary lifeline to the blind community for almost 60 years—gets a long overdue redesign.
In a way, our special product-design issue asks a very 20th-century question, one the Modernists asked with great ardor more than 50 years ago. The original question, however, was preoccupied with notions of beauty and style. And while this month’s…
After years of lagging behind architecture, industrial design begins tackling some of the world’s most vexing problems.