Articles on Industrial Design

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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 Ricardo Rangel
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Ricardo Rangel
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Creation as the Human Essence
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In a world surrounding us with material, creation has become part of our essence, a key piece in the evolution of mankind.
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Main illustration of the article The Vignelli Canon, a Tribute
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Mario Balcázar
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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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Portrait of Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
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Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
Title:
Realities and Conventions
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Even though we refuse to accept it, there is indeed life in other brains: the culture of scorn harms us designers.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
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Fernando Del Vecchio
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The challenge of communicating value
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A question to which creative entrepreneurs have no answer to: the value of their proposal.
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Main illustration of the article Malacca Beach: Social and Environmental Implications of Design
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Antonio Recamier
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Malacca Beach: Social and Environmental Implications of Design
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A call to designers and engineers to take up social and environmental impact in their designs - especially when it comes to off-shore resource extraction.
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Main illustration of the article The citizen designer
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Fernando Rodríguez Álvarez
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The citizen designer
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In the dark days that live Mexico, emerges a discussion about how designers get involved with social conflicts.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
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Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
And where are the opportunities?
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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 Andrés Gustavo Muglia
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Andrés Gustavo Muglia
Title:
A navel too big
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Isn't it too much to ask design to “make the world better”? Isn't there in such request an exacerbation of its goals (and of designers) above its possibilities and concerns?
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Portrait of Martín Álvarez Comesaña
Author:
Martín Álvarez Comesaña
Title:
Sign consumption
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Culture adherence to the speech of globalization require reviewing purposes and values design assumed.
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Portrait of André Ricard
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André Ricard
Title:
Design and everyday's life
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Designers can make a real contribution to everyday's life quality projecting low-tech objects where the shape itself allows function.
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Portrait of Martha Gutiérrez Miranda
Author:
Martha Gutiérrez Miranda
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Design and intelligence development
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Human beings are born with several potentialities marked by genetics; nevertheless, today we know that we can develop some others through certain stimulus, like design.
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Portrait of Jorge Luis Muñoz
Author:
Jorge Luis Muñoz
Title:
What is social design?
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Design's social impact is a research area not covered enough by designers.
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Main illustration of the article Paul Ricoeur and creative search
Author:
Cecilia Salinas
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Paul Ricoeur and creative search
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The origin of the creative act from a philosopher's perspective.
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Main illustration of the article What is Southern design?
Author:
Kevin Murray
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What is Southern design?
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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 María de Mater O’Neill
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María de Mater O’Neill
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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 Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
A passion for design
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Who doesn't want to feel passion for what he or she likes, and loves?
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Portrait of Jorge Illich Carpinteyro
Author:
Jorge Illich Carpinteyro
Title:
Design Contests
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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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Main illustration of the article Management vs. Leadership
Author:
Marco Rinaldi
Title:
Management vs. Leadership
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We don't need to manage the present but we should lead the future.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
Innovation on Design Is Not Inside Design
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Nowadays, is common to listen in almost every conversation “innovation” term. Everything must be “innovative”. However, innovation is not the same for everyone.
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Portrait of Marcio Dupont
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Marcio Dupont
Title:
Design Thinking Is Not Design
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Clarifying the role of DT in the design process and the correct use by the designer.
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Main illustration of the article Accomplice Design or Ethical Design
Author:
Rodolfo Álvarez
Title:
Accomplice Design or Ethical Design
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How long are the designers going to keep collaborating with a system which leads us to an Earth disaster?
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Portrait of José Antonio Giménez
Author:
José Antonio Giménez
Title:
Wood’s Future Is in the Rear Mirror
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If we want to be recognized, searched, and valued, we should remain faithful to our tradition, recover the virtues of craftwork and with them meet the requirements of the consumer.
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Portrait of José Antonio Giménez
Author:
José Antonio Giménez
Title:
Industrial Design Shortens the Crisis
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Industrial design, or to put it better, the application of design to industry have had a stimulating effect in the past.
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Portrait of Ana Yago
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Ana Yago
Title:
Sundays Smell of Roast Chicken
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The least one can ask of a chair is for it to be functional and ergonomic but these qualities no longer suffice Today a chair will have to adjust to the shifting tastes of society
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Portrait of Ana Yago
Author:
Ana Yago
Title:
Keep the User in Mind to Overcome the Crisis
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The user – buyer – needs new incentives to purchase a product. It is not enough for it to be functional, it needs to fulfil the values and the lifestyle of the user
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Main illustration of the article Green Models in Classroom
Author:
Camilo A. Angulo
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Green Models in Classroom
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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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Portrait of Camilo A. Angulo
Author:
Camilo A. Angulo
Title:
The Roots of Industrial Design Colleges in Colombia
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Looking back from two theories about its origin.
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Portrait of Pau De Riba
Author:
Pau De Riba
Title:
Invisible Design
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After the “premium” stage where design acts as quality mark, good design should become a “commodity”, a component of the welfare society we take for granted.
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Portrait of Pau De Riba
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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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Portrait of Erik Spiekermann
Author:
Erik Spiekermann
Title:
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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Portrait of David Gallo
Author:
David Gallo
Title:
Planned Obsolescence
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Design should no longer respond to market interests anymore, but to the human needs that as a global community we have created as time goes by.
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Main illustration of the article Forum, “Fuero” and “Foras”!
Author:
Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
Title:
Forum, “Fuero” and “Foras”!
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On the shared construction of a design without geographical, academic or professional boundaries.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
We Must Learn to Play the Game
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In the market there are good and bad designers, good and bad clients, all sort of competition and prices. All of them are some of the components of the game to play.
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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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