- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books; Original edition (November 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887768466
- ISBN-13: 978-0887768460
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,318,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Design It!: The Ordinary Things We Use Every Day and the Not-So-Ordinary Ways They Came to Be Paperback – November 9, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—This book opens with an explanation of what industrial designers do and with whom they work to make better products. Brief chapters then cover such topics as home, communications, lighting, and toy design and include a good-design checklist that takes function, usability, ergonomics, aesthetics, and greenness into consideration. The language is chatty and inviting, and the pages are full of cartoon illustrations and text superimposed on colorful geometric backgrounds. Sidebars offer a wealth of further information. Brief biographies of designers such as Raymond Loewy, considered the father of modern industrial design, and Henry Dreyfuss, a pioneer of industrial design, are included. Unfortunately, there is no index. There are few other titles on industrial design for middle schoolers. One, Anne Welsbacher's Earth-Friendly Design (Lerner, 2009) focuses on the green aspect. As an introduction, this book is an enjoyable resource, especially for students who might be interested in a career in the field.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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About the Author
RONA ARATO was born in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. She taught elementary school in Los Angeles and Toronto, adult creative writing for the Toronto District School Board, and she has conducted business writing workshops. She was an interviewer for Steven Spielberg's project to record the histories of Holocaust survivors, Survivors of the Shoa. Rona Arato lives in Toronto with her husband.
CLAUDIA NEWELL has illustrated for publications in North America, Europe, and Japan since the mid-90s. She has also created music, fine art, and the occasional blog entry. Her interests range from yoga to the frontiers of science.
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