Articles on Industrial Design

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Portrait of Camilo A. Angulo
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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 Erik Spiekermann
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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
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Fernando Rodríguez Álvarez
Title:
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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Main illustration of the article Green Models in Classroom
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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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Main illustration of the article Are we destined to fail as entrepreneurs?
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Marco Rinaldi
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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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Portrait of Luciano Cassisi
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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 Fernando Del Vecchio
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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 Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
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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 María de Mater O’Neill
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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 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 Erik Spiekermann
Author:
Erik Spiekermann
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The Seventh Commandment
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The tribute, robbery and theft of authorship, have blurred boundaries in the design practice.
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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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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 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 Recipe book to get over the crisis with design
Author:
José Antonio Giménez
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Recipe book to get over the crisis with design
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Professionals from 14 countries give their opinions and reflections about the profession and its relation with businesses and society.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
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 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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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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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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Portrait of André Ricard
Author:
André Ricard
Title:
The ornaments
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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:
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 Andrés Gustavo Muglia
Author:
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 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 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 Martha Gutiérrez Miranda
Author:
Martha Gutiérrez Miranda
Title:
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 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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Portrait of Ana Yago
Author:
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 Ricardo Rangel
Author:
Ricardo Rangel
Title:
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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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 André Ricard
Author:
André Ricard
Title:
From the Useful-object to the Object-tool
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Freed from its functional responsibility, useful-objects appear as single-useful formal phenomena whose morphology is used to express a particular message.
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Portrait of André Ricard
Author:
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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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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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 Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
Author:
Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero
Title:
Realities and Conventions
Synopsis:
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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