Industrial Design Techniques and Materials
by Ami Kealoha
on 05 June 2006
Industrial Design Techniques and Materials, traces the history of design materials from the shifts brought by the mass production of the Industrial Revolution to the more recent developments brought by technology and ecological consciousness. The upshot is an intellectual survey of the field that's chock full of inspiration as well as full of inspiring finds like Nature Touch's eco-friendly exotic bullfrog, cow belly, and Tilapia skins. Due out 5 September 2006, preorder it now from Amazon.
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