Book: Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design
by Tara Milroy / August 12, 2013
Bjarki Hallgrimsson's Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design is a hands-on guide for industrial designers, detailing step by step the prototyping and model building processes. The well-organised book describes the principals and characteristics of both, and illustrates how and when they can be used by designers and product developers. Hallgrimsson includes examples, tutorials, and case studies from a variety of disciplines, including furniture, appliances, electronics, toys, and technologies.


This how-to guidebook is divided into two parts - prototyping, the process of testing and studying designs through the use of prototypes; and modelmaking, the actual creation of the prototypes themselves. The first section focuses on the importance of the prototyping process in addressing the technical aspects of the design, as well the way people interact with the item itself.

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The second portion, which accounts for the bulk of the book, details the process of making the prototypes, and emphasises the need for a physical model in any product design. The modelmaking section offers technical information, as well as hands-on tutorials on creating models from various materials. Hallgrimsson describes an array of purposes and functions of prototypes, and illustrates the way by which different types of models can be most appropriate in order to render them most effective in various situations.

Bjarki Halgrimsson is an Associate professor the Faculty of Design and Engineering at Carleton University, as well as a product design consultant. His interactive handbook approaches the processes of prototyping and model creation from a contemporary design perspective, and serves as both an instructional tool, and a theoretical guide. Available at Amazon.

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