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.
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.
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.
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.
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January 10, 2000
General Motors was seeking offbeat thinkers for its new design studio for tomorrow's cars and found them in North Hollywood, and GM was not alone in looking to Southern California. Attracted by a wealth of creative talent, almost all major car manufacturers, foreign and domestic, have opened shops in the area, making Los Angeles America's industrial design mecca. It comes as no surprise that the key to the success of the design industry in Los Angeles is education.
June 8, 1998 |
Looking for unmistakable evidence that Apple has awoken from its long slumber to reclaim its identity? The most striking sign I've seen is the industrial design of the iMac, the new machine for the consumer and education market, due out in August. Innovative industrial design--a term that refers to how a machine's parts fit together but primarily denotes the look and feel of a device--has historically been one of the Mac's trademarks.
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.