Form and Function
Joseph Claude Sinel
Industrial design combines art and science to create useful and beautiful consumer goods. The term is usually attributed to a pioneering and prolific designer named Joseph Claude Sinel, an art school graduate from New Zealand. Sinel’s famous quote about what he designed over the years says he worked on “ads to andirons and automobiles, from beer bottles to book covers, from hammers to hearing aids, from labels and letterheads to packages and pickle jars, from textiles and telephone books to toasters, typewriters and trucks." He also produced designs for industrial scales, typewriters, and calculators.
Excellence in industrial design results in a successful mix of artistry and engineering producing a product that is both beautiful to look at and serviceable – a true blending of form and function. Successful icons of industrial design include disparate but unique items including Apple’s iPod, the Bell 47 helicopter, Fender Stratocaster guitars, the Coke bottle, and the Volkswagen Beetle. In furniture, Gustav Stickley, Charles and Ray Eames are considered design masters.
Industrial design can be fun and when you get right down to it, what is more fun than boats? One of my first published magazine pieces was about boats - actually it was a humorous look at selling boats, which is what I was doing to make a living at the time. Here's a look at people who are living the good life by living and playing on the water.
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Raymond Loewy is one of the rock starts of industrial design. His hand guided the look and feel of several streamlined brands, icons and machines. His exquisite touch on industrial design can been seen on train locomotives (as seen above), Studebakers, Cold Spot refrigerators, and the Lucky Strike cigarette pack. His work extended to the most utilitarian of goods including the
International Harvester Farmall tractor.
Industrial Design touches us in many ways. In my case it takes the form of one of my favorite ways to travel - which is on two wheels. Here's a piece I wrote for
Chesapeake Home and Living
magazine about how the worlds of designers, chefs, architectural photographers and writers come together in a love for motorcycles. Take a look at
Life on Two Wheels.
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