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Material Innovation: Product Design (Material Innovation)

Andrew H. Dent, Leslie Sherr


An ambitious series identifying and examining the new materials that are transforming art, design and technology practice


Materials technology is the single most important agent of change in our entire designed landscape, from the buildings in which we live and work to the clothes we wear. This volume features carefully selected products that showcase the innovative use of a particular material. The book focuses on specific categories of products – grown materials, surface fortification, advanced composites, additive manufacturing media, recycled materials and the integration of electricity. The coverage of the projects is extensive, from medical equipment to clothing, with materials ranging from hemp and kelp to titanium and biocomposite glass fibres. Six specially commissioned ‘visual narratives’ by experts in the field are included. The extensive illustrated materials directory contains detailed information on almost 100 materials.

The series is being produced in association with Material ConneXion, a materials consultancy agency with unparalleled expertise in innovative and sustainable materials. Its materials library of advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes is the largest of its kind in the world.

With a preface by Michele Caniato, the President of Material ConneXion, and an introduction by Allan Chochinov, Chair and Co-founder of the School of Visual Arts MFA in Products of Design Program in New York, the texts are authoritative and yet also accessible. Clearly structured and illustrated with carefully selected images throughout, this book will connect material to reader and will inspire both students and professionals to pursue the optimal material for each specific application.

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'Ideal as a reference guide for both those in design education and professionals'
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'An inspiring survey as well as a comprehensive reference guide'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.0 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 355

Publication date: 12 May 2014

ISBN: 9780500291290

Contents List

Preface • 1. Grown Materials • 2. Surface Fortification • 3. Advanced Composites • 4. Additive Manufacturing Media • 5. Recycled Materials • 6. Integration of Electricity

About the Author

Andrew H. Dent directs Material ConneXion’s research into innovative materials and processes.

Leslie Sherr has worked as a brand strategist for such leading communication design firms as C&G Partners, Carbone Smolan Agency and Desgrippes Gobé & Associates.

List of Contributors

Michele Caniato, Allan Chochinov