In its second edition, Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design, by practising product development consultant Bjarki Hallgrimsson, is essential reading for both students and design professionals.
Prototyping and ModelMaking for Product Design go behind the scenes to illustrate how prototypes help designers understand problems better, explore more imaginative solutions, investigate human interaction more fully and test functionality to de-risk the design process. Following an introduction on prototyping, specific materials, tools and techniques are examined in detail, with step–by–step tutorials and industry examples of natural and successful products illustrating how prototypes are used to help solve design problems. Workflow is also discussed, using a mixture of hands-on and digital tools.
This new edition includes case studies representing technological developments such as prototyping user experience and interactive electronic products, as well as a newly expanded section on digital modelmaking tools, including 3D printing and laser cutting.
The book’s first chapters explain why prototyping is so essential to the design process. The many uses of prototyping will be shown in the context of several complete projects by some of the world’s leading design firms.
The second part introduces the typical materials used by designers in their prototyping efforts and how to work with them. In all cases, the approach uses digital and manual tools in a complementary and effective fashion. Tutorials were specifically developed that underline the back and forth of digital and manual working methods. The emphasis is on the kinds of construction that the designers can do. Health and safety are stressed in terms of personal responsibility and awareness.
Topics covered include:
Definition of prototyping and modelmaking
Prototyping as a form of problem solving
Physical and digital prototypes
Buidling by hand and using digital technologies