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Product Design: Internet Resources

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Authoritative Information Resources

The internet provides open access to a tremendous amount of information, including peer reviewed, scholarly material.  However, be mindful of your sources. Consider the following:

Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view?
 - Why was the source created? 
Publication & Format 
- Where was it published? 
 - How is it relevant to your research? 
Date of Publication
 - When was it written? 
 - What sources did they cite? 

Information from University of California Berkeley Library's "Evaluating Resources" guide.

Below are reputable websites written by authorities in their subjects and provided for the improvement of public knowledge.


Grillo Folding Telephone by Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper, 1965, for Società Italiana Telecomunicazioni Siemens

Sustainable Product Design

Our actions impact the environment. Each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. The Environmental Protection Agency has tools to help you learn about and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint.

The International Future Living Institute is the organization responsible for The Red List, the list of the worst-in-class materials that should be avoided in building and manufacturing.They have created the Declare label to help increase transparency in product design. Red List Free and Living Product certifications can help to provide assurances to your customers that your products are environmentally responsible.

The US Green Building Council has worked with their member organizations for over 25 years to make our planet greener and more sustainable. They are doing this through the development of the LEED green building rating system, which includes evaluations of the material health of the project, as well as water and energy use, and other aspects of environmental impact.

College for Creative Studies website