The lines between physical and digital world are blurring. Everyday items such as a clocks, maps and books are available to people in both a physical and digital form.
As the digital and physical worlds of products combine, UX designers and Industrial Designers benefit from collaboration. Designers of digital and physical must understand aspects of both to create a product that embodies the best of both worlds.
Understanding Industrial Design: Principals for UX and Interaction Design by Simon and Kuen Chang is a helpful introduction to industrial design. This book discusses factors such as material selection, sustainability, weight and sense of touch. Just about every page on this book has super cool example of industrial design. Each product is accompanied with a color photo and an explanation for why the product was built that way.
The book covers industrial design fundamentals such as endurance, clarity of purpose and sustainability. It also illustrates the importance of aesthetic beauty, playfulness and thoughtfulness in design. The authors advocate for creating beautiful designed products for people who need assistance with daily activities and medical devices.
Researchers found that diabetes patients view their insulin pens as “a tangible expression of their medical condition and therapy”. When dining out, people prefer using an insulin pen that blends in like other accessories. A pleasing design, like this, conveys different social and emotional messages to the patient and those around them. Providing patients with beautiful, thoughtful devices that they appreciate and enjoy is a sign of respect.