Item description for Metals (Materials for Inspirational Design) by Chris Lefteri...
Metals continues in the tradition of the 'Materials' series by bringing to peoples attention a range of inspirational products and materials that challenge the boundaries of traditional application. It will include both everyday and familiar products and those that are new, exciting and unexpected.
Hugely visual and easily Metals introduces each application with authorial comment as well as interviews with the designers and manufacturers. Examples are featured from the areas of packaging, product design, and architecture. This is coupled with detailed technical specification tables, an internal index which points the way to linked pages of interest, as well as an extended glossary and resources section, for more in-depth study.
Acclaim for the Materials for Inspirational Design series ... which also includes Wood, Glass, Ceramics and Plastic
"The books have a clean look with white space and big beautiful imagery. For this type of reference book it's perfect. The accessible layout encourages even a layperson to find out what kaleidoscope glass, new form plastic or Bendywood can do." Blueprint
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.24" Width: 9.13" Height: 0.94" Weight: 2.16 lbs.
Release Date May 4, 2004
ISBN 2880467624 ISBN13 9782880467623 UPC 080665676246
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More About Chris Lefteri
Chris Lefteri graduated with an MA in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1992, and has since been running his own industrial design company. He is a senior lecturer at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and the author of all titles in the acclaimed "Materials" series.
Reviews - What do customers think about Metals (Materials for Inspirational Design)?
Nice starting point... Dec 21, 2007
There were some very beautiful processes and materials that I didn't know about until I saw it in this book (such as metal foam, inflatable steel, etc.). There were also a few things that I felt didn't need to be in the book like commonly known metals such as gold, silver, copper, brass, and aluminum and very common processes like laser cutting (which was in there twice, in different chapters).
The book also has very beautiful photographs of products and the materials. Almost every page featured a product that illustrates the material or process. There is a quick info chart for each material and process that gives the pros and cons and common uses as well as a website.
When I bought this book I thought it was going to be a very in depth look at new and innovative uses for metal and new manufacturing processes for forming metal, but it's more of a book of things to google. I think it would be more valuable if there were pictures of the actual process they're talking about rather than one big pretty photo of the finished product.
Great resource Oct 29, 2007
Like all of the books in this series, it is very well documented with the the right amount of writing and lots of pictures for quick reference. I personally use it when I need to get ideas on particular materials to use when working on an industrial design project (I'm a design student) or for product presentations.
I think this book could be helpful to industrial engineers and designers alike, as well as teachers, students and professionals in the field.