Back in July I had an interesting experience that reminded me of a principle that has always been an important part of my design process.
A few of us from our office had the opportunity to participate in an innovation session for a client built around creating new packaging and product concepts for confection brands.
3D printers are a newer technology that is just now really starting to evolve much like computers and 2d printers have done in the past 20 years. For prototyping, it can be the greatest thing since the introduction of packaged sliced bread. Even so, there is still a lot of confusion about what can and […]
I believe packaging design done well is an effective method to becoming more approachable to consumers, and a well-designed food package will strongly influence and boost company sales by communicating nutrition and taste appeal. At M design, we’ve learned many lessons in the science and art of food packaging, and I want to share some […]
The shortest distance between an initial idea and the final design of a great product is not a straight line. As I flew across the country recently I could look down and easily see how we humans like to order our world: Straight lines as far as the eye could see. The presence of hills, […]
Many clients of an industrial design firm are aware of the advantages of having a good in-house model shop for creating models of their products. Having a tangible item that can be held and passed around the room has obvious appeal in many situations. What is less well known, however, is the utility of having […]
This week I turn 55. That makes me part of a very small group: women industrial designers 55 years or older. For the first twenty-some years working at M Design (yes, I’ve worked here a very long time) there were no other women designers. But now, I’m happy to say there are three of us. […]
Design starts with an idea, that’s always certain. Often times the enthusiasm around an idea generates quick thinkers; solution finders; answer seekers out of all those involved. The design process can take a back seat to desire and ambition, while the idea takes form in sketch, CAD, prototype. Admittedly so, it’s exciting! However there is […]
Early industrial designers were the first practical advocates for sustainability. They may not have been environmental activists, but they built artifacts to be sold to others that were as close to natural as possible, partly because synthetic materials weren’t available. Like their colleagues in architecture, they preferred materials that were compatible to each other, and […]
A couple of weeks ago I was in Switzerland on a business trip and was flying out through Geneva on my way home. By chance, the Geneva Auto Show was taking place at the Palexpo near the airport and I had a chance to spend a few hours there the evening before I was to […]
Remembering a piece of design history
Two weeks ago, I had a rare opportunity. I attended a reunion of the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild. That probably means nothing to you if you are under 60 years old, but it has a lot to do with the history of industrial design in the 20th century and […]