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I.D. - This website emphasizes industrial and product design across many categories.

Click on Annual Design Review to view this prestigious annual showcase that since 1954 has chronicled the evolution of design and highlighted its impact on our material and visual culture. Each year, the featured work is chosen by a jury of leading practitioners, who, along with I.D.’s team, focus the abundance of submissions into a clear survey of the state of design. The review’s 9 categories (concepts, consumer products, equipment, environments, furniture, graphics, interactive, packaging, student work) encompass nearly every design discipline


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IP Law: Product Design

Course Description

This course cover topics in copyright law, trademark law and design patent law with respect to the legal protection of industrial design. More specifically, the course covers how copyright law distinguishes between the protectable and unprotectable elements of such items as furniture, appliances, and other household goods, how trademark law provides limited protection to the shape of useful articles under the doctrine of trade dress, and how the United States Patent Office determines whether to grant design patent protection to similar products. This course provides students who have taken one or more of the basic IP courses an opportunity to explore these three topics in depth and comparatively. The course also allows students who have not taken the basic courses to get an introduction to three different areas of IP law.


What is Industrial Design?


Industrial designers make the products we use every day and envision better ways for people to live and for businesses to operate. The work of industrial designers can be seen in almost every product or technology around you, including the monitor, smartphone or iPad you're reading this on; the car you drive; or the coffeemaker you use each morning. --


Blogs About Industrial Design

l. Yanko Design - Web magazine dedicated to introducing the best modern international design, covering industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion.

2. Core77 - Started in 1995, it is probably the oldest of the industrial design sites listed here. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums; and hosts portfolios, job listings, etc.

3. Product Design Hub - Product Design Hub is an online community place where industrial designers come together to socialize and to create, find and share useful resources.

4. Industrial Design Served - Considered an inspirational site for industrial design.

5. Design Soujourn - The author of the blog, Brian Ling, shares his thoughts on good design strategies and creating clever products.

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