Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design

Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design

by Simon King, Kuen Chang


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With the coming flood of connected products, many UX and interaction designers are looking into hardware design, a discipline largely unfamiliar to them. If you’re among those who want to blend digital and physical design concepts successfully, this practical book helps you explore seven long-standing principles of industrial design.

Two present and former design directors at IDEO, the international design and innovation firm, use real-world examples to describe industrial designs that are sensorial, simple, enduring, playful, thoughtful, sustainable, and beautiful. You’ll learn how to approach, frame, and evaluate your designs as they extend beyond the screen and into the physical world.

  • Sensorial: create experiences that fully engage our human senses
  • Simple: design simple products that provide overall clarity in relation to their purpose
  • Enduring: build products that wear well and live on as classics
  • Playful: use playful design to go beyond functionality and create emotional connections
  • Thoughtful: observe people’s struggles and anticipate their needs
  • Sustainable: design products that reduce environmental impact
  • Beautiful: elevate the experience of everyday products through beauty

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491920398
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/31/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Simon King is a Design Director at IDEO where he helps organizations launch products and services that make the world more responsive, connected, and humane. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan and an MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon. He advocates for hybrid designers that span traditional disciplines in his book Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design, published on O’Reilly. He’s easily excited by new ways of prototyping, elegant data design, thoughtful storytelling, and nerdy debates.

Kuen Chang is a Design Director at IDEO who has helped clients such as AT&T, Bayer, Delta, Lilly, SC Johnson, and 3M, among many others, develop portfolio-level product innovations that are profitable to companies and memorable to consumers. His name can be found on over 40 design and utility patents. Kuen’s remarkable consumer product and medical device designs have earned him numerous international design awards from the IDSA, ID Magazine, Red Dot, Braun, and the Medical Device Excellence Awards competition. Two of his designs can be found in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Product Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 A Brief History of Industrial and Interaction Design 1

Industrial Revolution 1

Computing Revolution 11

Information Revolution 14

Smartphones 15

Smart Everything 18

Chapter 2 Sensorial 21

Formgiving 22

Color, Materials, Finish <CMF) 23

Multisensorial Products 27

Addictive Action 31

Delightful Reaction 35

New Frontiers: Designing for Smell and Taste 41

An Orchestration of the Senses 45

Chapter 3 Simple 49

Tiny Tweaks 50

Physical Modes 57

Contextual Clarity 63

Smart Combinations 69

Magical Moments 76

Simple > Complex > Simplicity 82

Chapter 4 Enduring 83

Worn In 84

Quintessential 91

Tailored 97

Adaptable 105

Repairable 114

Layers of Change 119

Chapter 5 Playful 123

Provide Amusement 124

Delight with the Unexpected 132

Elevate Everyday Actions 139

Offer an Emotional Boost 145

Encourage Behavior Change 150

Path to the Playground 156

Chapter 6 Thoughtful 157

Observe People's Struggles 158

Anticipate the Context of Use 165

Concentrate on Comfort 172

Include Everyone 180

Design Is in the (Thoughtful) Details 187

Chapter 7 Sustainable 189

Enable Recycling 192

Reduce Waste 196

Provide a Second Life 205

Maximize Resources 213

Sustainability as a Process 221

Chapter 8 Beautiful 223

Beauty as Everyday 225

Beauty as Dignity 235

Beauty as Honesty 242

Beauty as Requirement 253

Chapter 9 Conclusion 255

Hybrid Education 256

Hybrid Business 257

Hybrid Designers 258

Index 259

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