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1. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough, Michael Braungart
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Asin: 0865475873
Catlog: Book (2002-04-22)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The proof is in your hands
Proof that our technologically advanced, high-consumption industrial system can make environmentally sound and sustainable products. We can manufacture a whole range of goods that are ecologically efficient in that they reduce waste and yet are less expensive to make than traditionally manufactured items. Pick up CRADLE TO CRADLE and the proof is right there in your hands. "This book is not a tree" the authors tell us. Its slightly heavier than your average paperback, the pages are whiter and they're also waterproof (I took the authors word on that one and am happy to say I was able to read on). The pages are made from plastic resins and fillers and in keeping with the message of "eliminating waste", the book is 100% recyclable.

McDonough and Braungart's vision of "Remaking the Way We Make Things" goes way beyond books. Why not buildings that produce more energy than they consume? Or "green" roofs that give off oxygen while cooling the occupants? How about factories that produce drinkable effluent? or products that when their useful life is over can be used as nutrients for soil? What sounds like science fiction is convincingly shown to be quite feasible by the authors. They offer numerous examples to prove it.

"We see a world of abundance, not limits" they say. As an architect (McDonough) and chemist (Braungart) they don't have any special qualifications for this re-thinking and re-doing. What they simply have done is re-imagine the whole manufacturing process beginning with the design elements. Sometimes it's simply a matter of asking the right questions and looking at things differently. They are not talking about smaller-scale industry or limiting themselves to the "four R's" of traditional environmentalism - reuse, recycle, reduce, and regulate. With their intelligent designs, "bigger and better" is possible "in a way that replenishes, restores, and nourishes the rest of the world."

McDonough and Braungart cover topics such as the history of the industrial revolution, new business strategies that emphasize eco-efficiency, the relationship between man, nature, and science, and the importance of design and planning. Hopeful, well written, thoroughly researched, and packed with practical examples, this refreshing book offers an alternative to our current industrial system that "takes, makes and wastes". We have the talent, technology, and with the enthusiasm of these authors, we have the capability to achieve economic and ecological sustainability.

4-0 out of 5 stars People and their stuff CAN co-exist
At 1-1/4 lbs, "Cradle to Cradle" is more than twice as heavy as a same-size paperback edition of John Steinbeck's "The Winter of Our Discontent" and the fact is more than incidental.

"Remaking the Way We Make Things", the book's subtitle, is the social agenda of its authors, architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart. They take issue with the three R's of environmentalism, "reduce, reuse and recycle." The process by which plastic bottles are recycled into carpet, for example, also produces considerable waste and the carpet itself "is still on its way to a landfill; it's just stopping off in your house en route."

The authors advocate designing products so that after their useful lives, either the product components provide biological nutrients for new products or circulate in a closed industrial loop.

The Yanomamo of Brazil whose banana soup dish may contain the ashes of their dearly departed was one source of inspiration for Braungart and McDonough was moved by the simple, natural and effective technology of the Bedouin whose goat hair tents ventilate hot air up and out and, when it rains, swell with absorbed moisture and provide protection.

The authors are walking the talk with the physical design of this new book. It is made of a waterproof polymer developed by Melcher Media so it can be read in the bath or at the beach, provided you have sufficient wrist strength to hoist it to viewing level. And the book can be "upcycled", made into a high quality polymer, at least theoretically. Until such time, place this book on the shelf above your hot tub next to Aqua Erotica, a collection of stories dealing with water and sex, another book of "Durabook" construction.

Undoubtedly, an electronic edition of the book would be most eco-effective. Also, a digital version would be searchable and might compensate for lack of an index. Despite its flaws as a model, it offers a vision of the future in which people and their stuff can co-exist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
This is an extraordinary and unlikely book. It is not printed on paper, but on a waterproof polymer with the heft of good paper and more strength, a substance that reflects the right amount of light, yet holds the ink fast. It seems like an impossible fantasy, but so does much of what the authors propose about design and ecology. They speak with the calm certainty of the ecstatic visionary. Could buildings generate oxygen like trees? Could running shoes release nutrients into the earth? It seems like science fiction. Yet, here is this book, on this paper. The authors make a strong case for change, and just when you're about to say, "if only," they cite a corporation that is implementing their ideas. However, it's hard to believe their concepts would work on a large scale, in the face of powerful economic disincentives. We believe authors do aim some of their criticism at obsolete marketing and manufacturing philosophies, but the overall critique is well worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas
This book is a sometimes interesting, often meandering treatise on design. The authors, and American architect and a German chemist, have a very sincere desire to realign the world of design of objects and buildings so that they contribute to the betterment of the environment rather than destroy it. The title of the book "Cradle to Cradle" encapsulates their goal of designing objects that when they are no longer needed, naturally become useful inputs for the production of other objects rather than getting sent to the grave (or buried in a landfill). For example, they would like to see the creation of food packaging that could be thrown on the ground when the contents are consumed and would become fertilizer rather than non-biodegradable litter. (By this measure, the women concessionaires selling steamed rice treats in Indonesian trains are masters of design. The rice is both steamed and packaged in banana leafs, which are simply thrown out the train windows once the rice is consumed. But this practice also creates enormous problems- -since Indonesians have been accustomed to using such environmentally beneficial packaging for generations, they assume that "modern" packaging can be discarded in the same manner, much to the detriment of the Indonesian countryside. If you are living in a world of mixed packaging, some of which can be thrown out the window, and some of which must be discarded by other means, it's hard to keep straight which stuff goes where. That's a vital cultural issue that the authors don't explore here.)

McDounough and Braungart list the goals for their design program. They challenge inventors and industry leaders to design factories that "produce more energy than they consume, and purify their own waste water," and products that "can be tossed on the ground to decompose" or become "high-quality raw materials for new products" rather than simply "down-cycled". At the outset, these goals can sound a bit far-fetched. After, all, a factory that produces more energy than it consumes would seem to violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. But what the authors really mean here is not that the factory would miraculously produce something from nothing, but that the design of the factory would include such things as solar collectors on the roof and devices to capture heat that could then send energy back out to the power grid, perhaps even in excess of electrical energy coming in. They illustrate their lofty dreams with concrete designs that they have helped develop and implement, such as a cosmetics plant in Germany whose wastewater is actually cleaner than the water coming in to the plant, thanks to the new chemical formulations they recommended. What's more, they point out that such design efforts can be even be good for business, since in this particular example, the company was able to cut costs on hazardous materials handling and storage enough to more than offset slightly increased production costs with the new formulas. Such design efforts are fabulous examples of the potential benefits of thinking "out of the box".

The book contains quite a few additional examples of brilliant design ideas that can save resources as well as money. The book is also filled with surprising tidbits that haven't become general knowledge yet, like the potential hazards of wearing fabric made of recycled plastic bottles, and the fact that PET bottles were found to leach antimony when used as soap containers. The authors point out that the decision to use either recycled paper or virgin paper is not as clear cut as it seems- -while the production of virgin paper necessitates the cutting down of trees, recycling paper requires enormous amounts of bleaching, which produces PCBs. To demonstrate an alternative, the book itself is printed on a paper-free composite of plastics, which could be easily recycled into more book-grade plastics. The informative details and design goals of the book are quite interesting. However, the text often meanders around and through topics that are at best tangential or described better in other volumes. At times, some details or issues are also rehashed repetitively. In these places, it would have been better to focus on explicating McDonough and Braungart's own design program more fully. They've got some neat ideas that are well worth exploring, and it would have been great to be able to read even more about them and less about the general problems of environmental destruction that are described better in other books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Every student of design should read this book
I am a graduate student in a school of architecture that talks alot about doing 'sustainable design' and the 'green' architecture that has become a fad of late. This book makes the designer think not about efficiently designing buildings, but efficiently designing MATERIALS to eliminate the dangers that are inherent to the chemistry of almost every modern building product. It was an eye-opening read for me and has changed the way i think about 'sustainable design' and what the true goal of 'green' architecture should be. ... Read more

2. Product Design and Development
by KarlUlrich, StevenEppinger
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-30)
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Treating such contemporary design and development issues as identifying customer needs, design for manufacturing, prototyping, and industrial design, Product Design and Development, 3/e, by Ulrich and Eppinger presents in a clear and detailed way a set of product development techniques aimed at bringing together the marketing, design, and manufacturing functions of the enterprise. The integrative methods in the book facilitate problem solving and decision making among people with different disciplinary perspectives, reflecting the current industry trend to perform product design and development in cross-functional teams. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great product development handbook!
This book provides a great hands-on approach to product development. Unlike other product development books that dwell too much on the philosophical aspects of product development, this book gives you practical advice on how to define meaningful product specifications to meet your customer needs and develop successful products. The book provides a very nice concept development process that I've found very useful.

This book is mainly focused on product development processes and does not provide much information on technology development. In addition, the book lacks depth in the strategic aspects of product development(such as market segmentation, strategic management of technology).

If you are looking for a very useful and powerful handbook for product development, this is the book you are looking for. However, if you are interested in the strategic aspects of product development, you may need other references.

5-0 out of 5 stars great for teaching at any level, great methods
I have used this book extensively to teach undergraduate industrial design students, and graduate marketing, and engineering students who take small product development courses. It's focused, down to earth, practical, and students find they can grasp design issues better than in a more theoretical-philosophical way. I use it myself to guide my design consulting work, has helped me understand other product development (not design) issues that are relevant to me, and I have read it over and over.. great handbook. Production/design of the book is also very nice. It's a pitty McGraw Hill doesn't want to translate it to spanish (so the author told me once).

4-0 out of 5 stars see blue
i am arash afrasiabi and i had red this book before i think it is really a good guide for specially industrial designers who want to start their job in this fild so and it can help you to manage your self and your project very well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, no-nonsense guide to really doing it.
Product Design and Development is a very practical, tools-based book. It is written in a way that each chapter can be used on its own (e.g., identifying customer needs, generating product concepts). We require all of our new engineers and designers to read the book and ask them to adhere to the methods associated with several of our "stage/gate processes." This is not a high-level strategy book; it tells you how to do product design and development in the trenches. Excellent book and worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Applicable
This is a Product Development book that can explain technical side and process side accurately. This is a good reference for product development plan and activities. ... Read more

3. Methods, Standards, & Work Design
by BenjaminNiebel, AndrisFreivalds
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Asin: 0072468246
Catlog: Book (2002-07-19)
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Faced with increasing global competition, every industry, business, and service organization is restructuring itself to operate more effectively. Cost-effectiveness and product reliability without excess capacity are the keys to successful activity in business, industry, and government, and these keys are the end results of methods engineering.

The 11th edition of Methods, Standards, and Work Design provides practical, up-to-date descriptions of engineering methods to measure, analyze, and design manual work. The text emphasizes both the manual components and the cognitive aspects of work, recognizing the gradual decline of the manufacturing sector and the growth of the service sector. The importance of ergonomics and work design as part of methods engineering is emphasized not only to increase productivity, but also to improve worker health and safety, and thus, company bottom-line costs. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 11th edition
I am one of the professors Dr. Seifert is talking about in his review. I continue to use this textbook in both graduate and undergraduate classes on job design. Every semester I search for a better alternative, but am unable to find it. I find this book to be helpful and a good reference that incorporates ergonomics, work design, and methods engineering. (I also use old versions of the lab book that contain very well-made forms.) This text contains the best discussion of time standards I have seen. The 11th edition contains a new chapter on cognitive work. This is a topic I have always discussed and am glad to see formal treatment of it in the new edition. As with any textbook, I do not use it as the sole source of information taught in the classroom and would not recommend it as a sole source. I use the topics in the text to launch discussions and research papers on systems theory, lean, cycle time, environmental, process improvement methodologies, ethics, and other issues for manufacturing and non-shopfloor applications. I find the book especially useful in the area of work design and time standards.

Students have found these skills useful in the workplace. Many of our students work in process improvement and lean implementations. They use these skills to reduce cycle time and balance the lines to meet the demands of customers. Good implementation of lean requires knowledge of how to balance a line to meet customer demand, identify constraints, reduce cycle time, eliminate waste, understanding and dealing with change, cost/benefit analysis, and a direct understanding the relationship between the customer demand and production rate. This text touches on or covers in detail these topics.

I find that the book appears to focus on machine and operator efficiency and utilization, has a primarily decompositional view of work, and concentrates mostly on shopfloor operations. Even with these drawbacks, the text gives the reader solid information on improving workplace design and reducing cycle time while improving worker safety and productivity. I use the discussion on machine and worker utilization to compare and contrast with other manufacturing philosophies, and to relate what the text is covering to more 'big picture' aspects. Other topics not included are a good discussion of maintenance operations and quality. I suggest using other sources to incorporate those topics. All in all, the book is not perfect. It is a very good reference book and text book.

1-0 out of 5 stars 1955 Concepts in 1999 Edition
This antiquated textbook is still used at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The first edition of this book was published in 1955 and, after nine more editions, appears largely unchanged in its mentality. Specifically, the textbook is written for a time when corporations had legions of industrial engineers who did nothing but detailed and tedious time and motion studies. Unfortunately, today's dynamic manufacturing environment renders many of the authors' techniques impractical or even financially hazardous. For example, it emphasizes the need to maximize machine utilization (even if the machine is not considered a bottleneck operation). Practices like these lead to excessive inventory and sub-optimization of the collective manufacturing process. In summary, I believe this textbook does a great disservice to those manufacturing firms that have achieved dramatic productivity gains through the application of lean manufacturing techniques. ... Read more

4. Design for Six Sigma : A Roadmap for Product Development
by KaiYang, Basem S. EI-Haik
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-21)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A excellent book for learning and practicing QE
'Design for Six Sigma: Roadmap to Excellent' is a great book for learning and practicing quality engineering principals in product development. This book mainly focuses on how to apply the most popular and the latest quality engineering techniques to a products design cycle.

Actually I used the coursepack version of this book in my quality engineering class in the last term. This book is very easy to understand and includes a lot of real world examples. After reviewing basic theories and going through these on-hand industrial case analyses, I could apply these powerful tools to solve my own project problems immediately. Since this book coves DOE, Taguchi Robust Design, Tolerance Design, RSM and many other subjects, I am using this book as my handbook.

This book is not only a great textbook for engineering students who are learning product design, but also an excellent reference book for engineers who work on product design at a daily base.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source for DFSS
I have read several books about DFSS before this book and find the concepts in most books are not clearly defined. Most DFSS books do not cover the newly promoted design theories such as TRIZ and Axiomatic Design, which are ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Body of Knowledge required.

Yang¡¯s book is the best resource I have found so far for engineers like me in understanding and implementing DFSS in new product development. I especially like the topics of TRIZ, Axiomatic Design, tolerance design and Taguchi parameter design presented in the book. Before this book, I had worked very hard to figure out these theories, but still not clear where are directions and benefits. This book uses very simply descriptions and examples or cases to make some ambiguous concepts very clear. Taking TRIZ chapter for example, the authors made a link between TRIZ theory and the function analysis concepts in Value Engineering and cleared some fuzzy concepts.

I highly recommend this book for all engineers who want to implement Six Sigma in the product development because it not only offers the a road map for ¡°do the right thing¡±, but also provides hand on techniques to help you ¡°do right things all the time¡± in product development. This book is a very valuable resource for Six Sigma Black Belts or Black Belt candidates because DFSS will play more and more important roles in Six Sigma practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the buy!
I have not found such a comprehensive book for design of six sigma. I started using this book for advanced experimental design and taguchi methods, but ended understanding the complete roadmap for design of six sigma. The systems approach allows an enthusiast reader to start anywhere, without having to spend time refering back to earlier chapters. The relatively newer trends as TRIZ and axiomatic design have also been nicely dealt with.
Overall, this is a very nice and easy read book, with excellent and well defined examples. A must for everyone who wants a quick refresher on the design principles of six sigma.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book serves all your needs
This is an outstanding DFSS book for production development. It contains integrated information and some of which you could hardly find anywhere else, thus with one book in hand, you have all the tools to get to your destination. This is also a easy to read book providing the reader with a solid understanding- Concepts are clearly defined, real world examples/ case studies are fully described and the chapters are well organized. It can serve as a textbook for students/beginners and also can serve as a handbook for experienced engineers.
The title says it all- this is a roadmap for you to find the way correctly and easily. I am reading the book right now, and the book is really beneficial to me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Full of information and errors
This is a book with a lot of information. Each chapter can be used as a starting point for a specific six sigma technique. However, this is the worst edited book I have ever read. You can hardly find one page without errors/typos. ... Read more

5. The Packaging Designer's Book of Patterns
by Lazlo Roth, George L. Wybenga
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-15)
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Now the best thing to happen to package design since paper is even better!

This new edition of The Packaging Designer's Book of Patterns does what may seem impossible to many devoted users of the first edition-it makes a unique and indispensable resource even better! With more than 100 completely new patterns, as well as significant revisions and improvements to more than 250 existing patterns, this unparalleled practical resource gives you the tools you need to meet virtually any packaging challenge.

Every pattern has been test-constructed to verify dimensional accuracy and is ready to be traced, scanned, or photocopied for immediate use. The patterns can be scaled to suit particular specifi-cations, and many are easily converted to alternate uses. Details-such as tabs, locks, and closures-are often interchangeable and may be adapted to specific requirements or personal preference. Other outstanding features of this new edition include:
* More than 500 ready-to-use patterns and structural designs
* A broad array of patterns for folding cartons, trays, tubes, sleeves, wraps, folders, corrugated cartons, point-of-purchase displays, and more
* All patterns are based on the use of 100% recyclable paper materials and many packaging configurations lend themselves to after-use
* All glue areas are clearly indicated with black dots
* Saves hours-even weeks-of research or trial-and-error design

For packaging and industrial design professionals, packaging manufacturers, graphic designers, and structural designers, the new edition of The Packaging Designer's Book of Patterns does what no other industry resource can: it gives you the power and ingenuity of hundreds of structural designers-all in a single volume.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for Packaging Engineers
This book contains lots of creative, (and basic), packaging patterns which are scaled so mock-ups are easily made. When I am starting a package design project I page through the book to get ideas. The carton section is especially helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Packaging in 5 min or less.
This book takes all the stress out of figuring out how to put unique and traditional packages together and lets you focus on what interest you the most instead of fidling with technical details. Its easy to read, and has nice large illustrations. I have found it really easy to trace these illos in adobe illustrator instead of starting from scratch. It is thick and comprehensive. There are so many examples it is hard to find one that isn't in the book. ... Read more

6. Design for Manufacturability Handbook
by James G. Bralla
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From raw materials ... to machining and casting ... to assembly and finishing, the Second Edition of this classic guide will introduce you to the principles and procedures of Design for Manufacturability (DFM)Ñthe art of developing high-quality products for the lowest possible manufacturing cost. Written by over 70 experts in manufacturing and product design, this update features cutting-edge techniques for every stage of manufacturingÑplus entirely new chapters on DFM for Electronics, DFX (Designing for all desirable attributes), DFM for Low-Quality Production, and Concurrent Engineering. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for design/manufacturing engineers
I teach Design for Manufacturing at Ohio State and (parttime) at NASA, and can honestly say that Bralla is absolutely the best single reference for working designers and manufacturing engineers that I've found. An incredible compendium of useful info on just about any manufacturing process you can think of, and plenty you HAVEN'T thought of, plus chapters on Design for Assembly, materials, economic considerations - you name it. The book is a bit pricey, but considering the amount of useful information packed into it, it's a steal. Bralla far exceeds McGraw-Hill's regrettably low standards for their handbooks - this one is a keeper! ... Read more

7. Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design
by Michael Ashby, Kara Johnson
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Catlog: Book (2002-12)
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The history of man is recorded, recovered and remembered through the designs he created and the materials he used.Materials are the stuff of design, and today is not the age of just one material, but of an immense range.

Best selling author M. F. Ashby guides the reader through the process of selecting materials on the basis of their design suitability.He and co-author Kara Johnson begin with the assumption that products in a given market sector have little to distinguish between them in either performance or cost.When many technically near-equivalent products compete, market share is won or lost by the industrial design of a product: its visual and tactile attributes, the associations it carries, the image it creates in the consumer's mind and the quality of its interface with the use and the environment.

Ashby and Johnson address the problem of selecting materials for industrial design from a unique viewpoint.They acknowledge that materials have two overlapping roles, in technical design and in industrial design. The technical designer has ready access to materials information.Industrial designers often do not have equivalent support.

Materials Selection in Industrial Design presents groundbreaking new information that, on one hand introduces engineering students to the principles of Industrial Design and to the idea that the selection of materials can directly affect the aesthetic qualities of the object.On the other hand they introduce industrial design students and practising industrial designers to engineering parameters through an accessible and holistic approach.

*Easy to use systematic approach to the selection and uses of materials

*Many excellent attribute "maps" are included which enable complex comparative information to be readily grasped

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Amazing new perspective on matials and design! A must for any inspired designer/Product Manager.

5-0 out of 5 stars Individual chapters address multidimensional issues
Collaboratively written by Mike Ashby (Professor, Engineering Department, Cambridge University) and design materials expert Kara Johnson, Materials And Design: The Art And Science Of Material Selection In Product Design is a thoroughly "user friendly" instructional guide to the scientific and systematic crafting of products from a variety of materials. Individual chapters address multidimensional issues, shaping joints and surfaces, rules of thumb for selecting certain materials over others, and much more in express, college-level detail. Enhanced throughout with full color photography and numerous illustrations, Materials And Design is strongly recommended as an extensive, superbly organized and presented, instructional resource and professional level reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to design, materials, and processes
I teach product design at Ohio State to students from several engineering disciplines, and this latest book from Prof. Mike Ashby is exactly what I've been looking for. It gives an overview of product design from the perspective of the industrial designer, something engineering students need to appreciate. More importantly, it also provides a wealth of useful data on a wide range of materials and fabrication processes. In addition, each chapter has a thorough annotated reference list - valuable to anyone just entering the field. All this, and it's a beautiful example of book design, in the bargain. Regrettably, it suffers a bit from a lack of proofreading, as many books seem to these days. ... Read more

8. Product Design for Manufacture & Assembly Revised & Expanded
by G. Boothroyd, Peter Dewhurst, Winston Knight, Geoffrey Boothroyd, W. A. Knight
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-15)
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5-0 out of 5 stars good methodology on how to re-engineer a product
Boothroyd and Dewhurst are recognized as international experts on the re-engineering of electro-mechanical products. Their methodology and guidelines have been widely documented to make significant savings. I have used their techniques with dozens of products in many companies in North America with vast improvement. I have also taught these techniques to many, many engineers who have had the same success.

The book is a good, comprehensive overview of designing products to ease thier assembly and manufacture. Other texts are available but most are not written as clearly. ... Read more

9. Kodak's Ergonomic Design for People at Work
by Suzanne H. Rodgers, Thomas E. Bernard, Somadeeti N. Chengalur
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-03)
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This updated revision of the classic reference guide for practitioners in ergonomics and human factors is the only book covering ergonomics and human factors from an applied practitioners approach. ... Read more

10. The Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors in Design
by Alvin R.Tilley
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Human factors research impacts everything from the height of kitchen counters to the placement of automobile pedals to a book's type size. And in this updated and expanded version of the original landmark work, you'll find the research information necessary to create designs that better accommodate human need. Featuring more than 200 anthropometric drawings, this handbook is filled with all of the essential measurements of the human body and its relationship to the designed environment. You'll also discover guidelines for designing for children and the elderly, for the digital workplace, and for ADA compliance. Measurements are in both English and metric units. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very useful, but use with care
This is the easiest to use and probably most comprehensive book of human measurement, in my opinion. The data provided in this book is of extreme value to anybody designing anything that physically interacts with human bodies. This is the only complete source of anthropometric data, that I know of, for children of virtually every age range.

However, some of the extrapolated data in the book is impractical for real use. For example, children's furniture dimensions recommended by this book are generally too small as they appear to be based upon exact proportions of adult recommendations. This is inappropriate because children's bodies and minds are not exact scale models of adult bodies.

Overall, though, I still recommend this book highly, but also recommend very careful use of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ergonomic design
Rich in visual and graphical material, calculations, diagrams and in-scale drawings of various humans (both sexes), in varous situations... Interesting and important reference tool for the industrial designer. (one of the very few available on the market today) ... Read more

11. Practical Reliability Engineering
by Patrick D. T.O'Connor
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THE classic text on reliability engineering and management has now been fully revised and updated.

Practical Reliability Engineering provides a comprehensive, up-to-date description of all the important methods for the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of reliable engineering products and systems. Students, engineers and managers alike will find this a valuable reference source.

With emphasis firmly placed on the practical aspects of reliability engineering, the fourth edition provides extended coverage of mechanical, electronic and software failure mechanisms, design and testing. New sections include Petri nets for system reliability modelling, accelerated test and the M(t) data analysis method. Recent developments in international standardisation are discussed and guidance is provided on essential management issues. The inclusion of a draft Project Reliability Plan enhances the value to those involved in systems engineering and project management.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reliability Book.
"Practical Reliability Engineering" by Patrick D.T. O'Connor, (with David Newton and Richard Bromley), John Wiley & sons, Chichester & New York, 1996. Third Edition Revised.

Back in the 1980s, I used the first edition of this book, and it was very helpful then. The third edition has been expanded to add a few chapters, including what I would call a "motivational" first chapter, entitled, "Introduction To Reliability Engineering", pages 1 to 16. This first chapter answers many of the questions that management used to ask, and to whom the final reply was, "We do Reliability because it is a contract item". Now, you can refer the managers to the first chapter.

The original edition once began with Chapter 2, "Reliability Mathematics", fundamental needed to understand Reliability; that chapter has been expanded in this edition, so much so that some has overflowed into Chapter 3, "Probability Plotting". Chapter 3 is a very complete chapter, being a compendium of the different kinds of probability paper, along with a short explanation of how to use the paper.

Interestingly enough, Chapter 5, "Reliability Prediction and Modeling" had a shipboard missile system reliability problem (pages 129-132) which was an explicit example of what we were attempting to portray on one contract. When the Naval Officers saw O' Connor's example, it made it so much easier for us as our work paralleled expert's work in the book's example. This alone was worth the price of the book. Chapter 10, "Software Reliability" is greatly expanded over the previous editions and is up-to-date with current best practices in the field. This new edition of the book is highly recommended as it provides a concise collection of reliability fundamentals. John Peter Rooney, ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer #2425.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I have used this book (2nd edition) for about 5 years. I find it extremely practical and useful. Mr. O'Conner concentrates on the background information that a Reliability Engineer uses on a daily basis. There is no way that I can answer all the questions the Engineering Staff asks. I find that almost always, I can look-up a concise and clear answer to a question, it refreshes my memory, and I can hit the ground running. This book lives next to 2 other books: The "Data Analysis Handbook" and "The Theory of Life Distributions". I hate to admit it, but I really can't see the need to know more than in contained in this trilogy about reliability and life statistics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Opinion
I disagree fairly strongly with the previous reviewer. I'veused a number of texts in the study of systems reliability andreliability engineering and Mr. O'Connor's is the most user-friendly and real-world one that I have yet found. It is impossible to study this field without some involvement of mathematics and probabilistic and statistical functions. However, Mr. O'Connor makes these elements of the field both accessible and intuitively understandable. I rate this text as a very good introduction for those new to the field, and a good solid reference for those already practicing.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Book is Hardly Practical
While this book professes to be "practical", it hardly lives up to the claim. This is no different than the many other "reliability" books that spew the same impractical probability distributions and theories that only a graduate student could put to use. A practical book would have given at least one example with data collection, manipulation and interpretation. ... Read more

12. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology
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The complete guide to modern packaging techniques and materials-updated and expanded
This A-to-Z guide covers technologies used to package consumer and industrial products across all industries-from food to automobiles, soft drinks to pharmaceuticals. It features complete coverage of all the basic packaging materials and formats (boxes, shrink wrap, etc.) and supplies a wealth of information on conversion processes such as laminating and plastics manufacture. It also offers details on all packaging machinery and equipment currently in use worldwide.
The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology, Second Edition is thoroughly updated and expanded by 25 percent. Coverage includes the many changes in materials, processes, technologies, and regulations that have occurred over the past decade, as well as the latest developments in marketing, economics, recycling and the environment, computer-aided design, coatings, nutritional labels, microwave packaging, polyester bottles and jars, and more.
The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology, Second Edition brings you:
* More than 250 alphabetical listings, covering all stages of the packaging process-from raw materials to distribution
* Contributions from experts in everything from additives to microwave packaging trademarks to zero-crush packaging
* Complete coverage of relevant federal and state laws and regulations
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent one-stop reference for a very complex field
The 1997 edition of the Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology is an excellent reference for anyone who works with packaging, especially for those people who have no academic or vocational training in these subjects. You will get the clearest explanations of any subject that falls under packaging. I only wish it included the original material from 1986. The 1997 edition adds to what is in 1986, but if you do not have the 1986 edition, you will be missing relevant background on the older technologies. The only packaging reference you will need unless you are trying to figure out how to actually create a package.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology
Aaron L. Brody(Editor), Kenneth S. Marsh (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1997

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good elementary review of basic packaging technology.
As a reference text, this book is a good beginning for anyone not totally familiar with the packaging industry. Hence it can be used as a starting point to begin further detailed investigation into specific subjects. Probably not worth the $200+ price, as it will mostly sit on your shelf as a reference text. Better information could be obtained from other sources or via the library. ... Read more

13. Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology
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14. The Design of Everyday Things
by Donald A. Norman
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Donald Norman's best-selling plea for user-friendly design, with more than 175,000 copies sold to date, is now a Basic paperback.

First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came service. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new competitive frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for programmers and engineers alike!
Norman does an excellent job of showing the reader that interface design is not simple a matter of putting a handle or some buttons on something. His in depth analysis of not only which interfaces are good or bad but why is an interesting and educational read for anyone who must create objects, devices, or interfaces that a person will interact with. The language is easy to understand and not heavily technical but still remains interesting. His examples are not specific to computer interfaces but to many different kinds of devices - telephones, light switches, etc. An excellent book for readers of any level - student or teacher, from junior high on up.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Book for Designers
If you are interested in the field of design or are currently within it, this is the book to read. Donald Norman's information readily applies to all different types of design: software, hardware, industrial, and more. I am a software designer (user interface design and usability predominantly) and Norman's work has really formed the building blocks of the way I do my job. Norman's explanation of conceptual models alone is worth the price of this book.

Before going anywhere else and reading any specific design books (such as Alan Cooper for software...great book too), read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars See The Psychology of Everyday Things
Take a look at the The Psychology of Everyday Things (the hardcover edition of this book). They changed the title for the paperback edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind altering book.
If you design anything you will want to read this book. Even if you don't design what physically appears to a persons eye you want to read this. It is an amazing book which really changes your view of everything. After you read the first chapter of this book you'll start viewing the world differently. You'll start questioning why your VCR is like so, or why your DVD player is not like you think it should be. It is a fun book to read and a worthy one.

5-0 out of 5 stars super interesting
great for artists, designers, programmers, architects, actually pretty much anyone who has an interest in they way things work, creative process, and design.
This challenges the notion of lazy design, and goes against the issue of designing things the same way becuase that's the way it's always been done. Rewinds the design process and starts over. Shows design flubs and goes through the thought process and the intentions behind them. VERY interesting book, love the photographs and diagrams. ... Read more

15. The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems
by Mary Lynn Garcia
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The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems guides the reader through the entire process of security system design and integration, illustrating how the various physical and electronic elements work together to form a comprehensive system. A great resource for both the security professional and student alike, the book is arranged in three major parts:

1) Determining the objectives
2) Designing the system
3) Evaluating the system

The book emphasizes the use of component performance measures to establish the effectiveness of physical protection systems, applying scientific and engineering principles to meet goals. The author takes a problem-solving approach to security and risk assessment, explaining the use of electronic protection elements and demonstrating how these elements are integrated into an effective system.

The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems contains numerous illustrations of concepts throughout and includes chapter summaries reviewing the salient topics covered. Each chapter includes appropriate references to additional information as well as review questions to test the reader's grasp of key chapter concepts.

The appendices include sample models for system performance analysis. In addition, the author provides additional online resources such as chapter objectives, class notes, exercises, and answers to chapter questions.

Describes the process for estimating system performance against threats.
Approaches security in a practical, systematic manner based on proven and tested measures.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent and Practical!!
This book not only gives you a broad idea of what security is, but is very practical using it in your work, e.g. risk analysis. It is helping me a lot.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems
The recent tragedy of New York and Washington has emphasised the considerable need for this excellent book on physical security. Mary Lynn Garcia is to be congratulated on producing a book on physical protection systems that is design-based and is driven by principle rather than application. As a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National laboratories, Mary Lynn Garcia is well placed to have knowledge of best practice in design of systems, and the development of principles of asset protection. This book is markedly unique from other security publications on the market as it provides a well-structured and rigorous discussion of the major components of the principles of the protection of assets. The book entitled The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems by Mary Lynn Garcia has raised the standard of security references and texts to new quantum levels of quality and detail.

The design and evaluation process for physical protection systems is presented early in the book and provides astructured approach to the protection of assets. I am personally pleased to see that the defence in depth strategy of detection, delay and response has been applied as the foundation for the structured approaches to asset protection. The chosen approach features the major components of System Objectives, Design of Physical Protection Systems, and Analysis and Evaluation. This structure has the capacity to direct the readerr in a systematic and logical manner to the desired outcomes of the defence in depth strategy. A detailed account of the systematics of asset protection allows a well=balanced account of theory and application to be presented. An attractive feature of the book is the discussion on the computer analytical models for analysis, and the relationship of risk assessment to asst protection outcomes. The book contains review questions at the conclusion of each chapter, a glossary of terms for the unfamiliar reader, and several appendices of useful information relating to threat and analysis of risk.

...This book will prove to be most valuable for a range of academic, managerial, and practitionar personnel who have responsibility for asset protection, and should be in all major libraries and acquired by everyone with an interest in physical security.

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16. Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design
by Donald C. Gause, Gerald M. Weinberg
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5-0 out of 5 stars Quality Requirements by Design
The authors define development as the process of transforming someone's desires into a product that satisfies those desires. Their book deals with the early stages of the process.

It is easy, they say, if readers focus on five critical words: desire, product, people, attempt and discover.

Then why is it, to borrow statistics used by Microsoft at their Project 2002 product that 74 per cent of projects in the United States are either behind schedule or fail at a cost to industry of $74 Billion a year?

If you watch how people successfully develop systems, the authors say, you will observe that the process of developing requirements is a process of developing a team who:

1. Understand the requirements.
2. Stay together to work on the project.
3. Understand and practice teamwork.

The project, the authors say, will probably fail if one of these conditions is not met. Team members must develop and concentrate on three critical, but often ignored human aspects of the process:

1. A clear understanding of the requirements by all members
2. A sense of teamwork
3. The required skills and tools to work effectively as a team.

This conversational book is written to be read in modules or front to back. Either way, the exercises and tools provided should help rank your project with the successful 26 per cent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be 6 stars!
Like Weingerg's other books (and I have read them all -- most more than once), "Exploring Requirements" is about human nature, the way we react as individual beings to problems we encounter. Anyone looking for a canned methodology or "step-by-step" process to enable a system definition or design may be disappointed. But anyone who reads this will never react to any type of communication the same way again.

This is definitely not a technical book, nor even an IT book. It should be required reading for anyone whose job involves communication -- and that's just about everyone in business today. I have recommended it to all my managers and direct reports over the years since it was first published. I have also recommended it to trainers in public speaking and executive presentation skills. The writers' style is at once entertaining and instructive. Unless you are looking for a "cookbook," you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must read" book for anyone who designs systems
In a world where there is strong emphasis on project management skills and design skills, this is a welcome book that emphasizes that requirements must come first. The process of defining requirements is vital to success and, with good requirements, quality is assured. I recommend this book to anyone who works on solving problems or in building systems of any kind. Gause and Weinberg are excellent in presenting complex concepts in an entertaining and informative way.

There is a human tendency to want to rush into solutions as soon as an opportunity surfaces. And... the result is usually not what was needed. Then, there is a rush to "add quality" to the result by fixing the flaws. This is costly and often fatal to the project. This book takes the reader down a different road. A road of first defining the objective that is to be attained and being sure that all parties understand and agree to the requirements. If you only have a few books in your business library, this should be one of them. I shared my copy with so many colleagues that I finally had to buy another copy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Where is the rationale and verification for each requirement
I have developing requirements and implementing manufacturing systems for 20+ years. The last 2 years I have been using the Ivy Hooks methodology (see her book) with great success. I agree with Ivy that every requirement must have a rationale and a verification method...and this was not discussed in EXPLORING REQUIREMENTS. Only valuable thing I found was list of questions to use at beginning of project. This book is ok in that it points out the human side of requirements..but I am a believer in Ivy's methodology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading: Gause & Weinberg teach how to ask and get
"So, what do you want it to do?"

It looks like such a simple question. But this query - posed every day about Web sites, other software, indeed about buildings and cars and furniture and all sorts of designed objects - is one of the toughest questions that can be asked of an organisation. It triggers the requirements process. A thirteen-year-old book by Donald Gause and Gerald Weinberg, "Exploring Requirements" shows how to manage that process. Most Web developers and managers haven't read it, and should.

Like the man startled to find he had been speaking prose all his life, most of us have taken part in a requirements process, and many of us don't know it. Requirements analysis is actually a life skill that can be applied particularly often in your working life. If you've had an architect design renovations, or a friend build you a PC, or a large consulting firm build you a business reporting system, then you've been on the end of a requirement process, formal or informal. If you've ever designed or built something, and seen a disappointed look on the recipient's face, you've experienced requirements failure. If you've ever had a client rave about how great a Web site is, you've achieved requirements success.

Like that other classic, DeMarco and Lister's "Peopleware", "Exploring Requirements" makes ample use of large numbers of measurements collected over many years - like the numbers showing that programers are quite good at producing what they are actually asked to produce, if only they are asked to produce it. This data allows Gause and Weinberg to enunciate a simple principle: you'll quite likely get what you want, as long as you say what it is.

Saying what you want, though, takes surprising amounts of both discipline and technique. It requires people to think about their own needs in a ruthlessly structured way, to listen to others' needs, to understand how their business is now and imagine what it could be in five years' time. No wonder that success in IT-related requirements processes is rare, and that failure is the norm.

The continued popularity of "Exploring Requirements" springs partly from its authors' simple but thorough style: they explain the key challenges concisely and clearly. Their breadth helps too: their chapters cover everything from holding effective meetings to scoring client preferences to measuring ambiguity. Context also plays a role: Gause and Weinberg always explain why their preferred solutions work better.

And the book shows a sense of fun, notably in its periodic anecdotes about fictional and slightly dysfunctional requirements processes for a pair of products called Superchalk and Do Not Disturb.

But the enduring strength of Gause and Weinberg's book can only be fully explained by their willingness to talk about requirements at an emotional level - about what a tough, confronting, challenging task it is for so many of the people involved, and about the perils and delights of having one person understand what another person is thinking, hoping and sometimes hiding even from themselves. Mindreading is tough, and Gause and Weinberg aren't afraid to admit it.

For instance, Gause and Weinberg include an entire chapter on setting expectations, teaching designers to identify the possible and the impossible early so as to minimise a client's disappointments.

Their last substantive sentence demonstrates perhaps most clearly their focus on the emotional challenge of requirements work:

"The purpose of requirements work is to avoid making mistakes, and to do a complete job. In the end, however, you can't avoid all mistakes, and you can't be omniscient. If you can't risk being wrong, if you can't risk being inadequate to the task you've taken on, you will never succeed in requirements work. If you want the reward, you will have to take the risk."

Understanding other people is hard - hard enough to justify reading 300 well-written pages about it. These are the 300 pages to read. ... Read more

17. Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding : An Introduction
by Robert A. Malloy
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
This book is excellent. It is technical but easy to understand, has illustrations, comprehensive, and very informative. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Hands-on Manual for the Plastics Professional
This book reveals the basic background required by personnel in the plastics field in designing parts for injection molding. It has many examples and illustrations of real-life applications instead of endless derivations of equations. It is a very useful, well structured, easy to follow guide for assisting in your design and knowledge of polymer related products.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plastic product design was never made so clear and pellucid
Dr.Malloy's book reflects the common problems an engineer would face while designing a plastic part. His book takes all the possible design problems that one might not even expect. He deserves 10,0000000**********'s. ... Read more

18. Introduction to Human Factors Engineering (2nd Edition)
by Christopher D. Wickens, John Lee, Yili D. Liu, Sallie Gordon-Becker
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This book describes the capabilities and limitations of the human operator—both physical and mental—and how these should be used to guide the design of systems with which people interact. General principles of human-system interaction and design are presented, and included are specific examples of successful and unsuccessful interactions. It links theories of human performance that underlie the principles with real-world experience, without a heavy engineering-oriented perspective.Topics include design and evaluation methods; different systems such as visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, automated, and transportation; cognition, decision-making, and aesthetics; physiology; and stress, safety, accidents, and human error.An excellent reference for personnel and managers in the workplace. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Human Factors Engineering
Wickens et al. really fill the gap between system engineering and cognitive psychology. I have found quite a few of books of this kind.
The book contains good examples and references for workplace design, environmental conditions and several other applications that make it useful for a course textbook or professional's desk reference.
One word of caution (mea culpa as well): the authors did not address in this version the engineering tradition of poor, monotonous writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!
Wickens is a true pioneer in the field of human factors who fills the gap between (system) engineering and cognitive psychology with great diligence and competence. This book, "An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering", is another excellent reference tool made for engineers to integrate psychologic research results in their creations; I read it in combination with Wickens' "Engineering Psychology and Human Performance", which concentrates rather on the psychological perspective of human factors than on practical design advices. Both books have considerable overlappings, and are similar to each other, even in the structure of the chapters; nevertheless, I highly recommend them both. I have not (yet) found better literature for this field.

3-0 out of 5 stars Valuable introduction and future resource to Human Factors,
Informative presentation of basic Human Factors principles from a psychology perspective. Touches on Cognition, Perception, and the Design Process. The last of which is extremely valuable for any UI design. Handy reference tool. ... Read more

19. Thoughtless Acts?: Observations On Intuitive Design
by Jane Fulton Suri, Ideo
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From IDEO, the global innovation and design firm responsible for such landmark products as Apple's first computer mouse, comes a primer in the observation method that keeps their practice human-centered and ever ingenious. People unconsciously perform ultraordinary actions every day, from throwing a jacket over a chair back to claim the seat, or placing something in the teeth when all hands are full. These "thoughtless acts" reveal the subtle but crucial ways people behave in a world not always perfectly tailored to their needs. Thoughtless Acts? is a collection of dozens of (often humorous) snapshots capturing such fleeting adaptations and minor exploitations. This method of observation demonstrates the kind of common-sense approach that can inspire designers and anyone involved in creative endeavors. Thoughtless Acts? is a privileged peek at how IDEO creates the people-friendly products, services, and spaces for which they are so widely recognized. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How to overcome "the invisibility of the obvious"
For some people, this volume merely offers a collection of "humble images" accompanied by a relatively brief narrative which establishes a context or frame-of-reference within which to present the photos. For others such as I, this book achieves Suri's expressed objective which is indicasted when she wonders how"designers might be influenced [by the images provided] visual evidence of the realities of everyday behavior, of design in use. Might reference to such images help designers to be more sensitive to people's experience and needs?" Her hope is that those who see them "will take this same lens to the real world to enrich their own perceptions....The key is looking carefully at what people actually do in various situations and asking [themselves] various questions" to explain what they see. Suri explains that she and her associates at IDEO constantly observe common, everyday human experiences (i.e. "thoughtless acts") to stimulate, guide, and sustain "intuitive design."

Suri explains how this process highlights human needs and problems worth solving; frees designers from existing paradigms through a focus on action; reveals what is intuitive and thereby supports the design of appropriate "cues" (i.e. that which evoke recognition the purpose and accessibility of products, spaces, and services when designing them); tunes designers into relevant cultural patterns and meanings; uncovers significant, often overlooked emotional experiences; harnesses tacit knowledge which inform the design process; and inspires more flexible and enduring solutions to unmet needs.

Of special interest to me is that the photos in this volume capture moments which are comparable with those I experience in my own life. Oh sure, I have been aware of such images but, until sharing Suri's perspectives, I seldom (if ever) gave much thought to them as resources for stimulating new or improved ideas about human relationships, the aesthetics and utility of commonplace products and services, and the physical environment within which people as well as products and services interact. Adults can learn much from children about what is referred to as "the invisibility of the obvious." Those who question that should take a long walk with (let's say) a four-year old. Children notice so much that adults do not. Suri has reminded me of how interesting, and sometimes how valuable "thoughtless acts" can be.

Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Tom Kelley'sThe Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO,America's Leading Design Firm. His book seamlessly complements Suri's. Also check out Donald A. Norman's Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things and The Design of Everyday Things, and, Alan Cooper and Robert M. Reimann's About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design as well as Edward Steichen and Carl Sandburg's The Family of Man, Robert Frank's Robert Frank: The Americans, and William Eggleston's Guide. Collections of "humble" (and not-so-humble) images can help us to see more than what we expect, to recognize and appreciate human experience from a variety of different perspectives, and thereby to activate, energize, expand, and nourish our own powers of imagination.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pictures say more than 1000 words
This book ties human interactions beautifully with everyday pictures. It is not a book for a person who wants to read or get direct knowledge, rather it is a book for the observer, the person who learns from everyday newances.

It did change my perspective on Human Interactions with surrounding objects and environments. I do believe this book is meant to provoke and inspire towards observing more carefully.

1-0 out of 5 stars more PR than content
I bought this book because of an interest in intuitive design but learnednothing. It is 99% photos that get boring about mid-way through. The whole "read" took 15 minutes. The commentary at the end is too general to be of much use.
This book is yet another product of the impressive IDEO PR machine.If that interests you, you might wantto get it. Otherwise, I would not recommend this book. Just not enough value here for the money. ... Read more

20. Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging
by Rao Tummala
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Written by Rao Tummala, the field’s leading author, Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging is the only book to cover the field from wafer to systems, including every major contributing technology. This rigorous and thorough introduction to electronic packaging technologies gives you a solid grounding in microelectronics, photonics, RF, packaging design, assembly, reliability, testing, and manufacturing and its relevance to both semiconductors and systems. You’ll find:

*Full coverage of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and materials aspects of each technology
*Easy-to-read schematics and block diagrams
*Fundamental approaches to all system issues
*Examples of all common configurations and technologies—wafer level packaging, single chip, multichip, RF, opto-electronic, microvia boards, thermal and others
*Details on chip-to-board connections, sealing and encapsulation, and manufacturing processes
*Basics of electrical and reliability testing ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is garbage
Nothing personal, for those who give more than 2 stars for this book, you are either a friend of the author, got the book for free, or never really review it throroughly. Here are the reason why:
1. Nothing is new in this book that you can get it off the web
2. Equations were given without fully specify its component
3. You can't work the problem in the back of the chapter because there are no materials in the chapter to support it. You need your old engineering book in order to solve these problems
4. Problems were stated unclear and incorrect. For example, he ask to calculate an N-channel MOSFET transistor problem, but the figure he used is a P-channel. It seems like the author either pull these problems out of this behind or took these problems from other engineering books and change some values to make it different, but unfortunately, those values were unworkable.
5. Pretty thick book for a lot of garbage. If I need to work electrical or heat transfer problems, I'll go to my old engineering book at least those authors know their materials.

5-0 out of 5 stars All About Microsystems Packaging
"Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging" is an informative, well-written textbook, the first to cover this rapidly-evolving technology. Professor Tummala's latest book should appeal to only three groups: those who know a lot about microsystems packaging, those who know something about it, and those who know nothing about it.

Microsystems packaging specialists, who typically focus on one sub-specialty, will find this detailed exposition of the entire field broadening. Non-specialists with some general packaging knowledge will find here all that they need to fully understand and work with the key elements of microsystems packaging. Novices, students, and those in related technical fields will find a well-structured introduction that prepares them to deal with microsystems packaging.

This comprehensive textbook offers to all of the above groups a firm grounding in the diverse disciplines comprising microsystems packaging. Nineteen of the chapters share the title, "Fundamentals of ...". "Fundamental" means "a foundation," and that is what these chapters provide, covering the key elements of topics ranging from semiconductors to systems, including design, processing, materials, manufacture, testing, performance, reliability, thermal management, and environmental considerations.

For the specialist, who must build upon these foundations, each chapter includes a judicious selection of recommended further readings. For the autodidact, the scholar, or the flagellant, there are even homework problems to test your knowledge. Four chapters, covering optoelectronics, MEMS, RF packaging, and wafer-level packaging, lead the venturesome to the borders of today's knowledge, where they might glimpse the promised land, or just gape at the dark forests of ignorance.

Although the text is the child of fifty authors, the logical flow and smooth editing make it a unified work that speaks with one clear voice. Despite their diversity, the 2:1 ratio of academic to practitioner authors makes a good balance of technical rigor and practical experience. Talented illustrators provided a wealth of informative two-color pictures, charts, pictures, and diagrams.

In summary, despite my forty years in microelectronics research, engineering, management, and consulting, I learned new things every time I opened this book. ... Read more

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