Site of the Month: Product Design Forums

Automotive Design 11 Jul 2006
Site of the Month: Product Design Forums

Product Design Forums is an online community fully focused on industrial design. Members can share their ideas, show their projects, discuss design techniques and look for career suggestions or job offers.

Product Design Forums is one of the most valuable resources for product designers.

Product Design Forums LogoAs the founders and Dutch product designers Wai kit Chung and Renze Rispens claim "the mission of ProductDesignForums is to let the interaction among designers flourish in both quality and quantity."

"Hawk" Concept Vehicle
"Hawk" Concept Vehicle by L-X
published in the Finished Projects section

The forum is divided in different categories covering every aspect of product design.

In the General Product Design discussion people can share their ideas and talk about design. The section includes information about design competitions from all over the world.

In the Product Design Works category members can show their projects under development or their finished works.

The Product Design Techniques section includes exclusive tutorials and techniques about prototyping, 2D and 3D creations.

The last two sections (Employment and Education) are more focused on design jobs and careers: designers can have their portfolios published for reviews or look for jobs and internship offers.

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There are also sub-forums specific to many different design institutes and universities, where students can share opinions and suggestions.

All the threads can be read by anyone, however in order to partecipate in the discussions a free registration is required.

An online store with design-oriented products – mainly software and teaching material – contributes in supporting this website.

The Design Challenge

An additional feature of Product Design Forum is the Design Challenge section. The current contest is sponsored by Wacom and Design Sketching, and the subject is the design of a personal shopping trolley for young people.

All the works can be submitted starting from 1 July until 20 August 2006. The gold prize is a WACOM Intuos3 6×11 pen tablet, while the silver prize is a printed copy of Design Sketching Book.

(Source: Product Design Forums)

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