THIS is what I'm talking about! Industrial design has never been very good at putting out good solid books at the level that architecture and graphic design consistently does. Impact, edited by Deana McDonagh, ID professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, flys right in the face of that.
Impact documents the 2005 IDSA Midwest Conference and features content from presenters including: Tucker Viemeister, Bruce Nussbaum, Karim Rashid, Dan Formosa as well as student work. All encompassing content, good clean layout, and a point of view make Impact a book you would want to put on your design bookshelf. We can only hope that more industrial designers are inspired to create works like this.
UPDATE: Impact comes in a limited edition run of 1000 but you can get your own personally numbered copy from Deana herself by mailing a $25 (US) check made out to the University of Illinois. The mailing address is:
School of Art + Design
University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign)
128 Art and Design Building
408 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Don Lehman is a Chicago-based industrial designer and the founder of More/Real, a startup focused on making technology feel invisible. More/Realâ€™s first product, Stylus Caps, turns common pens and markers into touchscreen styluses.
Don has been honored by the IDSA, featured in the CES Innovation Showcase, and his design for the Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the 50 Coolest Designs of the 21st Century. He has contributed to Core since 2001, first with his column, "The Student Life", documenting his design school years at RIT, and since then posting news and columns.