Lisa Roberts on Game-Changing Product Designs
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What spurred you to create this book?
My first book Antiques of the Future was popular for its humor and accessibility. I captured an audience outside the design world that loved learning about design, so I wanted to continue the conversation. DesignPOP delves deeper into the industry, looking at ‘game-changing’ product design over the past 15 years.
Please share your process of researching subjects—how did you decide which projects to include?
I discover designs by going to museum exhibitions, trade shows, designers’ studios and shopping in design stores. My museum involvement gives me access to curators who are a wealth of knowledge. When organizing the book, I looked at themes or trends in the industry such as using new materials and production processes, sustainability and socially responsible design. I researched many products for each category, and selected those I considered game-changers .
What inspires you?
I am visually turned on by strong color, graphic designs, and unusual forms. I am drawn to inventive uses of materials and new technologies for manufacturing. And I am inspired by the narratives of how and why designers create their work.