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Material Research: Recommended Websites

Guide explaining the different types of materials and manufacturers.


News Articles

Material ConneXion - From the producer of the famed material library, this site provides access to cutting edge news in the world of materials.

designboom - Providing access to news related to materials, architecture, and design, this site keeps you up-to-date.

Material News

General Material Websites

Harvard University Materials Collection Primer - This primer is an introduction for students investigating material topics in design. Basic material terms and definitions provide a point of departure for students seeking more advanced resources. The Graduate School of Design Materials Collection taxonomy was developed by drawing terminology from sources of design, materials science, and the construction industry. This taxonomy provided the organizational structure to the primer contents - Composition, Form, Properties, and Processes.

Textile Museum of Canada - The Textile Museum of Canada’s collection consists of more than 15,000 objects including a salmon skin suit from China; 2,000 year old Nazca fragments from Peru; and a hooked rug by artist Florence Ryder (Standing Buffalo Reserve, Saskatchewan) that incorporates traditional Sioux designs. The collection can be searched by category, material, technique, or date.

Materials and Design Journal - This site features original research reports, review articles, and express communications covering the studies of structure and properties of inorganic and organic materials, advances in synthesis, processing, characterisation and testing, design of materials and engineering systems, and applications.

Explain That Stuff! - These articles on materials are written by a science and technology writer and cover everything from chemical composition of materials to their history and how they are used today.

The Henry Ford: Design and Making (videos) - These short videos from the Henry Ford feature interviews on a variety of topics, from historic innovators to the use of certain materials in new ways.

College for Creative Studies website