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Materials and Design - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9781856174978, 9780080949406

Materials and Design

2nd Edition

The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design

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Authors: Michael Ashby Kara Johnson
eBook ISBN: 9780080949406
Paperback ISBN: 9781856174978
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th October 2009
Page Count: 344
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Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Second Edition, discusses the role of materials and processes in product design. The book focuses on the materials that designers need, as well as on how and why they use them. The book’s 10 chapters cover topics such as function and personality, factors influencing product design, the design process, materials selection, and case studies in materials and design. Appendices for each chapter provide exercises for readers, along with detailed charts of technical attributes of different materials for reference.
This book will be particularly useful to both students and working designers. Students are introduced to the role of materials in manufacturing and design, with the help of familiar language and concepts. Working designers can use the book as a reference source for materials and manufacturing.

Key Features

  • The best guide ever published on the on the role of materials, past and present, in product development, by noted materials authority Mike Ashby and professional designer Kara Johnson--now with even better photos and drawings on the Design Process
  • Significant new section on the use of re-cycled materials in products, and the importance of sustainable design for manufactured goods and services
  • Enhanced materials profiles, with addition of new materials types like nanomaterials, advanced plastics and bio-based materials


Materials Engineers & Students, Product & Industrial Design Professionals and Students

Table of Contents

Ten Chapters

Chapter 1· Function and Personality

Chapter 2· What Influences Product Design?

Chapter 3· Design and Designing

Chapter 4· The Stuff… Multi-dimensional Materials

Chapter 5· Other Stuff… Shaping, Joining and Surfaces

Chapter 6· Form Follows Material

Chapter 7· A Structure for Material Selection

Chapter 8· Case Studies in Materials and Design

Chapter 9· New Materials – The Potential for Innovation

Chapter 10· Conclusions


Exercises for the Eye and Mind

Selected Material Maps

A Practical Reference for Inspiration

Material Profiles

Shaping Profiles

Joining Profiles

Surface Profiles



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About the Authors

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

Mike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

Kara Johnson

Since publishing the first edition of Materials and Design in 2002, Kara Johnson has worked at IDEO, a global design firm and strategic consultancy. Kara leads their efforts in Materials, with a focus on Manufacturing. Her work is primarily about linking a company’s brand and business strategies with the products they make.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Materials, IDEO - Global Innovation and Design Firm


From the first edition: 
"Both interesting and intriguing, this book should prove a valuable resource for those starting out in design or is also fun to browse through." - Science Magazine, June 2003

"It is not often that I find it difficult to stop reading a book ... the word inspirational is used in various parts of (this) book -- and how appropriate this word is to this textbook ... For both students and designers, Materials & Design is a gold mine. In short, I thoroughly recommend this book" - Building Engineer, May 2003

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