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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Product Design

Materials Databases

Material Connexion
Searchable archive of 5,000 materials including polymers, glass, ceramics, fabrics, cement, natural materials, etc.
Inventables A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Access to special tools is available through studio courses or through the Library.
Materia A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Free, but you will need to create an account.
WGSN StyleSight August 2014: Stylesight and WGSN have merged. Extensive fashion and style related site. You must first register an account here and update your registration every 90 days.

Library Book Sections of Interest

Products, production, and history
TS 171
Design history
NK 1175   &   NK 1320

HF 5415.153

Inventions and new product marketing design
NK 1390

General design (material that includes both decorative & industrial) Technology (General)
T 180

Exhibitions that highlight the developments & history of industrial design Technology (Engineering)
TA 166

Ergonomics and human factors research technology
TS 23

History of industrial design in the US
TS 57

History of industrial design in the UK
TS 79

History of industrial design in Italy (and so forth)
TS 140

Biographies of individual designers
TS 144-149

Industrial design -- general
TS 155

Furniture history
NK 2270 - 2750
Automobile history
Furniture history--California
HD 9773
Decorative arts--history
Inventions & inventors--history


NK 2115   &   TH 7703-7975
NK 8802 - 9022   &   TS 1309 - 1866
Ceramics, pottery, porcelain
NK 3900 - 4399   &   TP 807 - 809
TP 852 - 862
TP 1117 - 1122
House furnishings -- history
HD 9773
Household appliances -- history
TX 23
Kitchen, bathrooms, household appliances
TX 17 - 23   &   TX 298 - 311   &   NK 2110 - 2117
TR 250
Jeans (denim) -- history
GT 2085   &   HD 9940


Product Design headings to use when doing a subject browse search in the OPAC:

Design, industrial
New products
Product management
or add History to the name of any product


Others that might be helpful:

Human engineering
Three-dimensional display systems (though we have nothing specifically on Rhino)
Mechanical drawing

Magazines of Interest

Azure: Design, Architecture and Art
Harvard Design Magazine
[formerly International Design]
Surface Magazine


Call Number Title
Ref. NK 1390 B9 1998 50 Products: Innovation in Design and Materials by Mel Byars
TS 171 H345 2004 Becoming a Product Designer by Bruce Hannah
Ref. NK 1309 M36 1998 Book of 20th Century Design by Catherine McDermott
N 40 A78 C66 1990 Contemporary Designers
N 6490 C66 1991 Contemporary Masterworks
Ref. NK 1370 B93 2004 The Design Encyclopedia by Mel Byars
Ref. TS 171 C85 2004 Design Secrets: Products 2
Ref. N34 W34 1992 Glossary of Art Architecture & Design Since 1945
TS 171.6 P765 2003 Graphis Product Design 3
on order History of Modern Design by David Raizman
Ref. NK 1390 H44 1993 Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design: An Illustrated Handbook
TS 171 T35 1996 The Look of the Century by Michael Tambini
NK1165 L53 2003 Universal Principles of Design by Lidwell, Holden & Butler
Ref. NK 1404 U8 2001 US Design 1975 - 2000
TT 505 A1 S74 1996 Who's Who in Fashion by Anne Stegemeyer


Websites of Interest