March 18, 1990
Knoll International, a manufacturer of office furniture and equipment, has established the Knoll Resident in Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The program will bring a distinguished designer to the college for 10 days a year for the next five years. The resident will teach classes, deliver speeches and work with faculty members.
September 15, 1997
Steve Montgomery, 44 Los Angeles I'm an industrial designer, a principal of my own company, BioDesign, and an instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. My profession is to design things that are manufactured--sort of like an architect for products. My passion is to make life better for people by making technology safer, simpler, more accessible and even more fun. Industrial design started out as a marketing tool in the 1920s and '30s. The intent was to make things prettier.
June 7, 2000 |
General Motors Corp.'s decision to reenter the automotive design wars after several decades of neutrality focuses attention on the not-so-thin line that divides design from style. In the auto industry, designers refer to themselves by that designation, and they work in design centers, not styling studios. But in advertising and marketing, it is more common to hear announcers sing the praises of the new Mark II's cutting-edge style, or of XYZ car company's styling leadership.
March 19, 1990 |
When Doug Patton and his 12-person design firm were chosen by Apple Computer Corp. to design a new kind of high-technology office, they ascended into industrial design heaven. Like other small industrial design consultants, Costa Mesa-based Patton Design makes its living improving the form and function of products ranging from computers to stereos to medical devices.
January 31, 2013 |
When Bay Area designers Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe of Just Fine Design/Build unveiled their mod chicken coop Chick-in-a-Box at a 2010 Maker Faire , they thought they were on to something. Chickens had moved from the farm to the backyard, after all, and coops had become popular design fodder for architects and artisans alike. But McElroy and Wolpe found little interest in their $1,200 handmade chicken coop, regardless of its post-and-beam-style composition or striking butterfly roof that doubles as a water catchment system.
June 4, 1996 |
From a tractor in the field to a bagel slicer in the kitchen, the products we use at work and at home are increasingly designed with beauty as well as utility in mind. That is the emphasis in this year's awards of excellence announced recently by the Industrial Designers Society of America. Good design is emerging on its own in every possible product category, said jury chair Bill Stumpf, saluting the entries for their confidence and maturity.