Published January 8, 2010
General , Materials
(Excerpted from Plastics News’ site)
Plastics News Global Group has produced a series of videos entitled “By Design” culled from interviews and speaker presentations at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2009 international conference, held Sept. 23-26 in Miami. The original weekly series features design leaders from the U.S., China, South Korea and beyond, as well as materials and plastics industry officials.
In this week’s episode features IDSA Materials and Processes Section Co-Chair Kristin Charlton of Bemis Manufacturing Co. She shares with Plastics News Editor Robert Grace her belief that “cowboys and farmers should get along”. That’s her analogy for promoting friendly interaction between designers and engineers — two groups of professionals that tend to speak different languages, approach problem solving from differing perspectives, and frequently suffer from, shall we say, creative tension.
Check out the rest of the videos featuring IDSA Executive Director Clive Roux, former IDSA Executive Director Frank Tyneski, Material ConneXion’s Andrew Dent, Ecco Design’s Eric Chan and Tupperware’s David Kusuma.
IDSA’s Central Ohio Chapter hosted a really fantastic event last year in Columbus: ‘New Trends in Materials and Processes’– and Erin Hamilton was nice enough to post the video she recorded of the event. Now that we have the M&P has a blog, I’m trying to collect links to some of these videos so others can enjoy them.
The first video is of Senior Industrial Designer Kevin Vititoe from Priority Designs as he speaks about new trends in performance materials and heavy duty manufacturing processes. The first half of his presentation covers the development of a lacrosse stick head for STX:
The second half of Kevin’s talk is a case study on a baseball glove design:
This a really fantastic presentation. I’ll be posting some more videos from this event shortly…
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