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Industrial Design Hits Its Stride In an exclusive interview with Design News, Frank Tyneski, the new executive director of the Industrial Designers Society of America, discusses today’s overriding design trends and the importance of building designer-engineer relationships. Full Story
How to Engineer Green Packaging
The growing “sustainability” movement is prompting a wave of packaging innovations. Wal-Mart has devised a supplier scorecard favoring packaging methods that reduce greenhouse gas production, result in more efficient package designs, cost less to transport and ease landfill burdens. Full Story Whirlpool Wows the Design Community
The giant appliance OEM racked up $1.2 billion in sales directly related to product innovation in 2006, when 60 percent of its products featured fresh designs. One high-end dryer achieves a “frameless” look though use of an ABS second shot. The dryer is also designed to be integrated in seamless fashion with a companion washer. Full Story Plastics Begin to Bloom
There’s a dramatic move underway to develop new plastics that use plants as feedstocks. Engineering versions of these plastics, at least for now, also contain traditional petrochemical feedstocks in order to achieve the stiffness, durability and other performance properties needed for technical applications. Full Story
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Industrial Design: The Competitive Edge
For more than 20 years, Phillips Plastics has harnessed industrial design to help boost product success for its customers. Among the payoffs: establishing a “signature” look, adding freshness to a product line, and even creating a roadmap for future designs though the brainstorming and concept presentations that occur. Read More At Phillips: No Design Barriers
The stereotypical wall between industrial design and design engineers doesn’t exist at Phillips Plastics, says Phillips Senior Designer Jeremy Odegard in an interview with Design News. Designers and engineers are co-located at Phillips and work closely together at every stage of the product development process. Read More
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Digital healthcare devices and wearable electronic products need to be thoroughly tested, lest they live short, ignominious lives, an expert will tell attendees at UBM’s upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Designers of electronic interfaces will need to be prepared to incorporate haptics in next generation products, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
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