Industrial Design
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Industrial Design: Why Smartphones Aren't Round and Other Mysteries with Science Activities for Kids

By Carla Mooney  
Illustrated by Tom Casteel

What is industrial design? Why do microwaves open with a swinging front door? Why aren't smartphones round?

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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology

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“It is great to see this book create awareness and interest in the field of industrial design. By introducing the design process and including reflection questions and relevant activities, the reader can start changing their own world and start seeing themselves as future industrial designers.”

—Wayne Chung, associate professor, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design

“In this book, Carla Mooney neatly packages the entire field of industrial design, including design history, methodology, and—most importantly—the impact of design on society. This book is meant to excite and inspire and will help send a new, better-informed cohort of American kids to design colleges.”

—Constantin Boym, chair of industrial design, Pratt Institute

“This is a wonderful resource for children and adults alike, providing a condensed yet comprehensive overview of industrial design in an accessible format, interspersed with activities and resources. I’m so glad this book exists, to promote industrial design to curious and creative young minds, and inspire them to learn about and create the world of products we all live with but tend to take for granted every day!”

—Bruce M. Hanington, director of graduate studies, Carnegie

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What is industrial design? Why do microwaves open with a swinging front door? Why aren't smartphones round?

In Industrial Design: Why Smartphones Aren't Round and Other Mysteries with Science Activities for Kids, readers ages 10–15 engage in and learn about the engineering design process from its earliest beginnings, when individuals designed and crafted their own tools, to today, when engineers work to find the best design for products that are then manufactured in bulk by automated machines. Engineers consider the user experience of every product they design to ensure that users have the best experience possible. Good design combines the right materials, colors, details, and form to make a person want to buy and use a product. A well-designed product is easy to use and does what it is meant to do!

Throughout Industrial Design, inquiry-based activities, essential questions, links to online primary sources, and an extensive engineering glossary all serve to highlight the importance and beauty of engineering design and the role it plays in our world.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
What Is Industrial Design?

Chapter 1
From Craftsmanship to Mass Production

Chapter 2
The Design Process

Chapter 3
How Industrial Design Has Changed the World

Chapter 4
Industrial Design and Electronics

Chapter 5
Computer-Aided Design

Chapter 6
Changing Needs, Changing Solutions

Glossary
Metric Conversions Resources
Essential Questions
Index