We live with designed objects every day of our life: fashion to cloth us, household items to feed us, communication devices to connect or entertain us, and transportation apparatuses to move us, and all of the before-mentioned objects.
From a spoon to the international space station, every item ever made had to be designed by someone. A spoon is one of the simplest devices to be found, yet variations in its design can result in countless different versions being produced – in shape and function, as in combination with a fork and knife.
Designers are everywhere, but they are one of the least visible occupations in any industry. They are the first in a long line of industrial processes, doing their work long before we see and use the things which are all around us; the sales people are the last ones in that long sequence of events, the ones we connect with – the persons who unite, sometimes make us bond with objects – like our new car.
To draw attention to the importance of design, industries around the world organized the World Industrial Design Day on the 29th day of June in 2008, which is being held every year now.
For the typical person, this is one opportunity to become aware of the advances of industrial design and how it affects our daily life. However, this is limited to organized events in certain cities, not convenient for most. To provide broader access to this interesting subject, this writer has published a number of stories about design in his series of eBooks, specific to automotive transportation.
Since countless people are interested in ‘what happens before I buy’, the American TV news channel CNN decided to investigate ‘Design’. They wanted to find the 12 best industrial designs from the last 100 years. To get answers “from the horse’s mouth”, Monique Rivalland from CNN talked to designers and got some surprising answers. If even you hide a slim curiosity about this, it’s best to read this yourself, I found the time well spent.
“Design is about making a positive difference in people lives”, said well-known industrial designer Gianfranco Zaccai. After reading the interview and probing into the additional links, this scribe gained new insight into a fascinating subject, little understood.
The United States Postal Service has issued a series of stamps, honoring twelve well-known designers; three of them have deep connections with automobiles: Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss and Raymond Loewy; Others come to the fore in the already mentioned eBooks.
After a time of delving into and writing about various aspects of alternative transportation, this reporter will now take a few weeks of holidays.
In the meantime, you could explore the interesting ideas that UMEA design students are imagining under the guidance of all-star designer Anne Asensio, who deserved a special article in the eBooks mentioned. The vehicles shown in this 2-part display are not that far removed from today’s cars when compared with the ‘Detroit Iron” of the 1950s.
This article might also be of interest….
add-on: Found this treasure trove of thousands of design sketches — hours of browsing….
One more item: The Design Museum – click on the library for access to hundreds of links.
——— Enjoy the summer, and we hope to have you all back here real soon.