Design INDUSTRY RESOURCES
Some manufacturers have established knowledge bases on their Web sites that contain research reports, case studies, issue briefs and other helpful documents. The following is only a partial listing. If you would like to recommend a site to be added to this list, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
Market Focus from Collins & Aikman
Along with the usual product information, Collins & Aikman has put together a portfolio of case studies organized by design specialty (education, retail, corporate, government and health care).
Solutions from Cooper Lighting
Although more product-centered than some other sites, Cooper Lighting does provide helpful background information and design advice tailored for each of the design specialties.
DuPont Antron® Carpet knowledge base
Although heavily product-oriented, this site contains information on how to budget and write specifications for carpeting, recycling and green resources, a design gallery arranged by specialty, case studies, glossaries, a bibilography and more.
Fiber-Seal Designer's Corner
Fiber-Seal offers online archives of its periodicals FIBERFAX© and TEXTILE TIPS©, that feature articles and information on the cleaning and care of various fiber products and textiles. Technical assistance is also provided. Designers must first register with the site to enter the Designer Corner area.
Design Studio by Haworth
In addition to highlighting new products and Haworth designers, the Design Studio includes an article resource center, links to design-related Web sites, and an "idea book" that you can download.
Workplace Knowledge from Herman Miller
Herman Miller's knowledge base contains case studies, research reports and issue briefs related to the changing work environment.
CESSI Ergonomics Knowledge Base
Computer and Electronics Safety, Inc. maintains an online knowledge base of applied ergonomic prinicples for the work place. Categories include body mechanics knowledge, product selection and specifications, assessments and case studies.
Pantone® Fashion and Interiors Color
A must for color consulting, this site includes information about color trends and forecasts in fashion and interiors, articles for the professional on how to use and show color when making presentations, as well as product and dealer contacts.
Knowledge & Design from Steelcase
Steelcase's knowledge & design site features design tools, articles on a variety of workplace topics (e.g., acoustics, ergonomics, lighting, privacy), answers to frequently asked questions, and an online library of articles, conference papers, case studies, book reviews and other documents.
Architect/Designer Professional from WilsonArt
WilsonArt's information, targeted to the architect or design professional, includes technical articles and case studies on using laminates.