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Searchable archive of 5,000 materials including polymers, glass, ceramics, fabrics, cement, natural materials, etc. Optional: To set up a personal account (with Otis email) which will enable you to save materials and searches, click here.
Inventables A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Access to special tools is available through studio courses or through the Library.
Materia A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Free, but you will need to create an account.
WGSN StyleSight August 2014: Stylesight and WGSN have merged. Extensive fashion and style related site. You must first register an account here and update your registration every 90 days.


Library Book Sections of Interest

Products, production, and history
TS 171
Design history
NK 1175   &   NK 1320

Business
HF 5415.153

Inventions and new product marketing design
NK 1390

General design (material that includes both decorative & industrial) Technology (General)
T 180

Exhibitions that highlight the developments & history of industrial design Technology (Engineering)
TA 166
 

Ergonomics and human factors research technology
TS 23

History of industrial design in the US
TS 57

History of industrial design in the UK
TS 79

History of industrial design in Italy (and so forth)
TS 140

Biographies of individual designers
TS 144-149

Industrial design -- general
TS 155

Furniture history
NK 2270 - 2750
Automobile history
TL23
Furniture history--California
HD 9773
Decorative arts--history
NK
Inventions & inventors--history

T19

Lighting
NK 2115   &   TH 7703-7975
Textiles
NK 8802 - 9022   &   TS 1309 - 1866
Ceramics, pottery, porcelain
NK 3900 - 4399   &   TP 807 - 809
Glass
TP 852 - 862
Plastic
TP 1117 - 1122
House furnishings -- history
HD 9773
Household appliances -- history
TX 23
Kitchen, bathrooms, household appliances
TX 17 - 23   &   TX 298 - 311   &   NK 2110 - 2117
Cameras
TR 250
Jeans (denim) -- history
GT 2085   &   HD 9940
 

 

Product Design headings to use when doing a subject browse search in the OPAC:

Design, industrial
New products
Product management
Inventions
or add History to the name of any product

 

Others that might be helpful:

Human engineering
Patents
Plastics
Three-dimensional display systems (though we have nothing specifically on Rhino)
Mechanical drawing
 

Magazines of Interest

Azure: Design, Architecture and Art
Domus
E-Design
Harvard Design Magazine
I.D.
[formerly International Design]
Intramuros
Newdesign
Readymade
Surface Magazine

Bibliography

Call Number Title
Ref. NK 1390 B9 1998 50 Products: Innovation in Design and Materials by Mel Byars
TS 171 H345 2004 Becoming a Product Designer by Bruce Hannah
Ref. NK 1309 M36 1998 Book of 20th Century Design by Catherine McDermott
N 40 A78 C66 1990 Contemporary Designers
N 6490 C66 1991 Contemporary Masterworks
Ref. NK 1370 B93 2004 The Design Encyclopedia by Mel Byars
Ref. TS 171 C85 2004 Design Secrets: Products 2
Ref. N34 W34 1992 Glossary of Art Architecture & Design Since 1945
TS 171.6 P765 2003 Graphis Product Design 3
on order History of Modern Design by David Raizman
Ref. NK 1390 H44 1993 Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design: An Illustrated Handbook
TS 171 T35 1996 The Look of the Century by Michael Tambini
NK1165 L53 2003 Universal Principles of Design by Lidwell, Holden & Butler
Ref. NK 1404 U8 2001 US Design 1975 - 2000
TT 505 A1 S74 1996 Who's Who in Fashion by Anne Stegemeyer

 

Websites of Interest

Trendwatching.com

Ecolet