Industrial Design Techniques and Materials

Industrial Design Techniques and Materials, traces the history of design materials from the shifts brought by the mass production of the Industrial Revolution to the more recent developments brought by technology and ecological consciousness. The upshot is an intellectual survey of the field that’s chock full of inspiration as well as full of inspiring finds like Nature Touch‘s eco-friendly exotic bullfrog, cow belly, and Tilapia …

Constructive Witticism by Alexander Reh

When I first saw this chair over at joshspear.com I couldn't help but think of a few people I'd like to see sit in it. Fully Loaded, designed by Texas-born and Brooklyn-dwelling Alexander Reh, is a simply constructed frame with a seat made from 450 12-gauge shotgun shells. Reh says the brass tips create a massaging texture. Presumably they're live, making for the most tense …

Design for Africa

"Design is much more than nice shapes, packages or expensive "designer products." We want to show that design is a method, which works even in very poor parts of the world." Design for Africa is an ambitious project of two recent industrial design school graduates, Frank Hofmann and Staffan Weigel. They have just begun a year-long journey to bring their expertise to helping communities throughout …