Industrial Design

Print Books

Electronic Journals (as of March 2018)


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Professional Bodies

  • International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)
    Founded in 1957, has a network across 50 nations.
  • Design Society
  • Design Research Society
    A design research network across 35 countries.
  • Design Council (UK)
    Info about the work of the UK Design Council. Free resources available.
  • Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)
  • International Association of Societies of Design Research
  • Design and Emotion Society
    Established in 1999, this is an international network of researchers, designers and companies sharing an interest in experience driven design. The network is used to exchange insights, research, tools and methods that support the involvement of emotional experience in product design. The daily board is based in The Netherlands.

Key Design Journals

Open Access Journals

International Journal of Design
The International Journal of Design is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing research papers in all fields of design, including industrial design, visual communication design, interface design, animation and game design, architectural design, urban design, and other design related fields.


Statistics Databases
These are free and paid databases, maintained by either commercial outfits or by international agencies like the UN, WTO, World Bank etc.

Market Research Databases

  • Passport (formerly known as GMID) Good starting database for market research (consumer segments, geographical regions), industries and companies that deal with consumer goods. Its former name, Global Marketplace Information Database, gives you a better idea of what constitutes in this resource.
  • OneSource is another resource containing information about companies, key executives and industries across Asia-Pacific. Also available are competitive and comparative information among multinational companies.



Industrial Design Databases

  • ASEAN DesignView
    "ASEAN Designview is the common online industrial design information platform of the ASEAN Member States aimed at making ASEAN designs data widely available and easily accessible to all interested stakeholders". "...developed by the Intellectual Property Offices of the ASEAN Member States with the support of the EU-ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (ECAP III Phase II) administered by the EU Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)."
  • Design View [ETMDN]
    "Designview is a centralized access point to view the registered design information held by any of the participating National Offices..." By European Trade Mark and Design Network (ETMDN).
  • IPOPHIL (Designs) Search
    Intellectual Property Office of Philippines (IPOPHIL) search portal for registered designs.
  • Global Design Database [WIPO]
    "A world-wide collection of industrial designs data; including WIPO Hague registrations and information from participating national offices." By WIPO.
  • Registered Designs [UK]
    Search for designs registered in the United Kingdom.

Market Research Databases

Overseas Universities’ Theses

  • TU Delft institutional repository Delft's Industrial Design Engineering programme has produced some very interesting dissertations.
  • Loughborough University (UK)
  • Art and Design Index to Theses: Index of postgrad research theses in Art and Design in the UK
    Good place to start for UK design theses
  • Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia)
    Search the site using "design research"
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database
    A comprehensive database of dissertations and theses records from around the world. Where available, the database provides 24 page previews as well as full text of selected documents. Guides to searching ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database available at: ProQuest help pages.



  • Factiva
    A reputable business information resource that allows searching for timely news articles from major national and international newspapers, trade journals, and wires, including The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Provides full text of hundreds of news sources including newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. There are also company and legal information available.
  • Press Clippings - PressReader
    Located in the Periodicals & Special Collections Main Library. A useful source for topical and current information, not available in journal articles or books. Articles on Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and ASEAN from The Straits Times and Business Times are arranged by broad subjects. More on Press Clippings collection available at:

Research Methods for Design & Arts

Research Methods – Social Impact of Design

Case Study Method

  • TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering wiki
  • Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce(RSA): Design Directions
    Featuring challenging projects that comment on the changing role of the designer in relation to society, technology and culture.
  • iF - International Forum Design
  • Industrial Design History
  • Design Week UK
  • Cool Hunting
  • Don Norman's website
  • Continuum
  • IDEO

Design Blogs & E-zines

  • NUSDID blog
  • Designboom
    Lots of inspiring images and links for product designers and architects
  • Core77
    Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.
  • Yanko design
    A web magazine dedicated to introducing the best modern international design. Coverage range from industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion.
  • Designophy
  • Dexigner
  • Engadget
  • Gizmodo
  • ProductDesignHub
  • frog
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