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Any designer must be into product design, right?
I'm thinking of getting into industrial design as a hobby, on the "enthusiast" level. Looking for suggestions on textbooks to read. Most blogs seem pretty focused on trends. I want to know the history, and specific materials instruction. I want the hard facts, people.
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Both of which were/are important, sometimes overlooked and had/have unique ideas about human interaction with objects, but kind of sit on different ends of the spectrum as far as aesthetic goes.
As a personal anecdote: I've been working with a small industrial design firm for the last 4 months. We've been trying to tackle projects by applying a multi-disciplinary approach to product design that utilizes graphic design, product and industrial design to create a more holistic experience for products / things. More on the level of user-experience design than traditional product design, or design styling, as i've heard myriad engineers refer it to.
Anyway, my take on the subject is that while it is mighty cool to see ideas and stuff transmuted into the real world via means of modern-day manufacturing, the reality is not a lot different than dealing with clients who have a similar 'I want the logo bigger mentality'.
Per your 'enthusiast' comment i've found that the community around Product/Industrial design is really focused around IDSA. While incomparably ugly in an aesthetic sense to the AIGA, on a community level they're very much on the same level. You might try there for a start.