Events
  • Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event
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    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

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Product Design

Materials Databases

Material Connexion
Searchable archive of 5,000 materials including polymers, glass, ceramics, fabrics, cement, natural materials, etc.
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