Purpose of Collection:

The Industrial Design collection at MacOdrum Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Industrial Design is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Engineering and Design. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Architecture & Urbanism, History, Geography, and Engineering.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Industrial Design subject guide..

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

Collect scholarly and professional resources including:

  • History of Industrial Design
  • Contemporary trends in industrial Design
  • Cultural approaches to design
  • Industrial Design theory, philosophy, and criticism
  • Industrial Design methodologies focusing on problem solving, critical thinking, and research practice
  • Industrial Desing communication techniques including:
    • Sketching and visualization techniques
    • Technical and engineering drawing
    • Model-making
    • Studies in form, colour, and design psychology
  • Industrial Design manufacturing techniques and production technologies including:
    • Design for assembly
    • Green/environmental engineering and recycling
    • Materials science and emerging materials
    • 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and innovative manufacturing techniques
  • Computer aided design including computer software aids to Industrial Design
  • Human factors including ergonomics, anthropometrics, user experience/user interface design
  • Industrial Design and business including consumer behaviour
  • Design environments including:
    • Health care
    • Aging population
    • Children (development, growth, and play)
    • Disabilities and barrier free design
  • Industrial Design case studies
  • Industrial Design graphics including:
    • Wayfinding and signage systems
    • Exhibition design
    • Logos and product graphics
    • Store and shop fixtures
    • Environmental graphic design
  • Industrial Design professional practice including:
    • Design consulting
    • Copyright
    • Design management

Industrial Design related Standards, Patents, and design registration

  • English-language material on design, art, and architecture particularly works published by leading architecture and design publishers (e.g. Phaidon Press, Taschen Press, and Princeton Architectural Press).
  • Historical and contemporary recording of industrial design products including consumer, commercial, medical, furniture, and transportation products.
  • History of industrial design, especially in North America.
  • Theory, philosophy and criticism of industrial design.
  • Industrial design methodology focusing on: Problem solving and Creative thinking
  • Industrial design communication techniques with a focus on:
    • Sketching and visualizing techniques
    • Model-making
    • Technical and engineering drawing
    • Studies in form and colour
  • Industrial design technologies, manufacturing techniques, and mass production using: Metals, Plastics, Ceramics, Organics, and Composites
  • Computer aided design and software aids in industrial design
  • Manufacturing trends with a focus on:
    • Design for assembly
    • Green engineering and recycling
  • Influence of national and international standards (CSA and ISO) on industrial design
  • Human factors and industrial design, including:
    • Ergonomics
    • Anthropometrics
    • User-interface design
  • Business and industrial design marketing including:
    • Demographics
    • Niche markets
    • Consumer behaviour
    • The entrepreneur and design services
  • Disabilities and industrial design:
    • The aging population
    • Children (growth and play)
    • Barrier free design
  • Industrial design case studies
  • Graphics and industrial design including:
    • Signage systems
    • Exhibition design
    • Logos and product graphics
    • Store and shop fixtures
    • Environmental graphics
  • Industrial Design professional practice focusing on:
    • Design management
    • Patent and design registration/protection in Industrial Design
    • Design consulting
  • Culture and industrial design with a focus on International and cultural approaches to design.

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current / recent works.


Canada with selected international focus.


Primarily English language material.

Types of Material

Books, journals, reprints, professional publications, government documents. In some cases, print may be preferred over eBook formats.


  • We do not collection conference proceedings

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