industrial design

Coffee Trikes: Coming Soon to a Sidewalk Near You

There’s a new movement percolating in the world of mobile culinary retail. If you spend much time on Kickstarter, you may have noticed it already. The food-truck trend, in full-force for a while now, is giving way to an even more eco-friendly option: trikes. Like food trucks, trikes can navigate to wherever their customers...

The Dreyfuss Affair

Before Blurb and LuLu, some designers who could afford it printed their portfolios as hardcover books. These limited editions are now hard to find (many were simply discarded as ephemera). Yet here are excerpted pages from a very special portfolio, A Record of Industrial Designs, by a uniquely talented industrial designer: Henry Dreyfuss (1904-1972),...

For the Love of Cardboard!

I usually steer clear of trade show booth design since there are so many nit-picky rules but West Paw asked me to design their booth, and they are so cool I just couldn’t help myself. They are truly “eco” and not in the trendy “trying-to-look-eco” way. Their main focus is dog beds made from recycled...

Lick'em Stick'em Mail 'em: Industrial Icons

Introducing the new postage series that gives last licks to industrial design. I cannot, nay will not, say it better than the U.S. Postal Service: The Pioneers of American Industrial Design (Forever®) stamp pane honors 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers. Encompassing everything from furniture and electric kitchen appliances to...

Today's Obsession: The Opulence Bubble

At Harvard Business Review a few of days ago, columnist Umair Haque, who is exploring new models of commerce with the Havas Media Lab, proposed that we are somewhere towards the end phase of what he calls an Opulence Bubble. His notion is that the entire twentieth century has been a superbubble—a massive artificial...