Articles on Industrial Design

Thoughts, case studies, book reviews, debates and tips on Industrial Design, written by prominent authors and carefully edited by FOROALFA.

Portrait of Camilo A. Angulo
Author:
Camilo A. Angulo
Title:
The Roots of Industrial Design Colleges in Colombia
Synopsis:
Looking back from two theories about its origin.
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Portrait of Erik Spiekermann
Author:
Erik Spiekermann
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From the C-Word to the D-Word
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Designers must take care of the words we use to talk about our work.
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Main illustration of the article The citizen designer
Author:
Fernando Rodríguez Álvarez
Title:
The citizen designer
Synopsis:
In the dark days that live Mexico, emerges a discussion about how designers get involved with social conflicts.
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Main illustration of the article Design Manifesto
Author:
Pablo Zarate
Title:
Design Manifesto
Synopsis:
Ten principles that guide my daily design practice.
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Main illustration of the article Green Models in Classroom
Author:
Camilo A. Angulo
Title:
Green Models in Classroom
Synopsis:
Design teachers must spread pedagogical processes for a green world to reduce the impact of our academic exercises on the local environment.
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Portrait of Luciano Cassisi
Author:
Luciano Cassisi
Title:
Less is Less, More is More
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The time is coming - to retire the nearly centenary motto «less is more».
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Main illustration of the article Are we destined to fail as entrepreneurs?
Author:
Marco Rinaldi
Title:
Are we destined to fail as entrepreneurs?
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The growing number of creative professionals that venture into entrepreneurship raises doubts and concern.
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Main illustration of the article Some ideas are too big
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
Some ideas are too big
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We all have ideas. Some have great ideas. What is the difference between an idea and a big idea?
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Portrait of Guillermo Dufranc
Author:
Guillermo Dufranc
Title:
Zero Waste Packaging: Possible or Not?
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Although to eradicate packaging waste may sound impossible to achieve, sustainability is a path to take and make improvements over time to reduce environmental impact.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
A passion for design
Synopsis:
Who doesn't want to feel passion for what he or she likes, and loves?
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Portrait of María de Mater O’Neill
Author:
María de Mater O’Neill
Title:
Views and Reflections on Design Education: Local Voices from Puerto Rico
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Limited inquiry that explored ways of knowing, experiences, and procedures in teaching design in Puerto Rico using a critical reflective practice approach.
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Portrait of Erik Spiekermann
Author:
Erik Spiekermann
Title:
The Seventh Commandment
Synopsis:
The tribute, robbery and theft of authorship, have blurred boundaries in the design practice.
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Portrait of Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
Author:
Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
Title:
When Conviction Gets in the Way
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Not all pathways lead us to the same design, nor we all have to design through the same pathway.
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Portrait of Pau De Riba
Author:
Pau De Riba
Title:
Reality of «Reality»
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Missing the authenticity of pre-marketing, we have created an equally artificial aesthetic of tradition and handicrafts.
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Main illustration of the article The Vignelli Canon, a Tribute
Author:
Mario Balcázar
Title:
The Vignelli Canon, a Tribute
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Though we can learn from many designers, few have left us a legacy more clear and visible.
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Main illustration of the article Recipe book to get over the crisis with design
Author:
José Antonio Giménez
Title:
Recipe book to get over the crisis with design
Synopsis:
Professionals from 14 countries give their opinions and reflections about the profession and its relation with businesses and society.
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Main illustration of the article What is Southern design?
Author:
Kevin Murray
Title:
What is Southern design?
Synopsis:
Conventionally, design is a form of development that trickles down from the North to the South. But the strength of tradition in Southern cultures provides rich resources.
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Portrait of André Ricard
Author:
André Ricard
Title:
The ornaments
Synopsis:
An incitement to reconsider the role of the ornament on design works.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
And where are the opportunities?
Synopsis:
Somebody has a problem and somebody has the answer to that problem, but... ¿How can we do to meet this couple?
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Portrait of Jorge Illich Carpinteyro
Author:
Jorge Illich Carpinteyro
Title:
Design Contests
Synopsis:
Contests aren't the cause of the main structural problems of the design profession, but an excellent reflection of such problems.
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