Tag Archives: Industrial design

Improving Design Skills: Where to Find Inspiration


A couple months ago, we looked at how the types of forms typically associated with the industrial design community are now becoming the responsibility of mechanical engineers. This time, I’m going to give those that are tasked with creating more complex shapes and forms some things to think about, tips on how to learn more, […]

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What Every Engineer Should Know About Ugly Product Design

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but products are getting better looking—even in places where you wouldn’t expect it. Let’s look at two examples. The first is the humble forklift truck (which incidentally is my favourite word in German). These gas- or electric-powered beasts aren’t the sexiest of products – after all, they’re typically used […]

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Visualization and Rendering – The Bar Just Got Raised

While it’s not discussed much these days, the process of creating photo-realistic imagery based on 3D CAD models has long been part of the workflow of industrial designers (ID). What’s interesting is that this has, in recent years, expanded outside of the ID world and become common place amongst a much wider portion of the […]

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At Home with PTC: Generation Brands

As a designer sitting down to create a light fixture for the first time, you’re likely to have a lot of questions—if you’re good at your job, that is. You might start with aesthetic questions, to help determine materials and shapes (industrial chic is hot right now). You’ll need to know where the fixture will […]

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Forma 5 Designs for Offices and Documentation with PTC Creo

Forma 5 is a furniture company that defines itself with good design and innovative technology. It’s motto? Designing your dreams. Based in Seville, Spain, the company and its team of more than 400 employees bring a modernist aesthetic to offices and public spaces around the world, from Dubai to Columbia. The Forma 5 designs come […]

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Designing Fun into the Kitchen with PTC Creo

Marketers at Kuhn Rikon will tell you that the company strives to create cookware that is both innovative and fun. But when you see a curvy red polka-dotted potato peeler in the catalog, you begin to suspect the industrial designers are the ones having the most fun. They create products like spatulas, grinders, and corn […]

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Red Dot Design Award Showcase of 2013 Winners

Happy Holidays to all of our readers! We hope you are making warm and enduring memories with your loved ones this season. And if you’re in the product development business, we hope all your hard and clever work this year has led to reached deadlines, happy customers, and mollified shareholders.  I propose we celebrate by […]

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Diverse Client List, New Ideas, and Staying on Schedule with PTC Creo FMX

Have you ever seen an electronic billboard that’s also a Wi-Fi telephone cell? How about a solar-powered parking communication tower? That’s the challenge when you run an industrial design firm—clients might ask you to develop anything, even products for technologies so new, you don’t have much to build on. Just a loose idea and maybe […]

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PTC Creo Customer: Britax Factory Tour

In May 2013, Britax USA opened its new headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina—about 15 miles south of its former facilities in Charlotte, NC. Why the move? For one thing, the PTC Creo customer needed more space to grow and explore ideas. “This new facility offers us the opportunity to expand and enhance our work […]

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Specialized Story: From Industrial Design to Finish Line

In the United States, Specialized is a leading brand in the $6 billion bicycle industry. As the manufacturer of the first major mountain bike, the Stumpjumper, the company has a long history of innovation and advocacy in the sport. Its most recent models include features like sophisticated suspension systems, carbon and aluminum frames, and on-the-fly […]

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