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Web Resources: Design

Posted: Jul 28, 2008

Industrial Design:

CORE -- Industrial Design Resources
"The net-based spot for industrial design. It's "Sources" section contains information on events, jobs, associations, links, and more.

Design Matrix: Industrial Design Systems and Products

Interior Design:

American Society of Interior Designers Referral Service
Although the primary purpose of the site is to assist in locating an interior designer, the site also gives background on credentials, design specialties, and how to work with an interior designer.
Combo Directory This site for interior design presents a virtual furniture fair and also information on office ergonomics.

Design Linc: Disability Products and Design Resource Center
"The Design Linc is an on-line Interior design resource and information service, specifically geared to locate high quality products and services available for the Physically challenged (All disabilities) individual."

Design Within Reach
"Shop for furniture, lighting and accessories by classic and new designers. Chairs, sofas, tables and lighting by Aalto, Bellini, Breuer, Castiglioni, Citterio, Le Corbusier, Eames, Mies, Nelson, Starck and more."

Hive, Modern Design for the Home

InformeDesign: Where Research Informs Design
InformeDesign's research summaries can be browsed by category [Space, Issues, or Occupants] or searched by keywords. Each research summary includes design issue, design criteria, key concepts, research methods, and limitations of the study. Substantial site. 5/04

Interior Design Directory

The online version of Interiors and Sources Magazine.

Green Products

Certified Products Products certified by Green Seal (a non-profit organization) to be environmentally safe. Includes a few products such as compact fluorescent lamps that are of interest to builders.

Green Building or Sustainable Architecture:Information Resources
Guide to print and net resources.

Green Haus
Many links; information on indoor air quality and materials that affect it like paint; product info and links.

"Oikos" means house in Greek. This site porvides "information on energy efficiency and sustainable building construction." It also Includes the Green Building News and the Oikos Green Product Gallery searchable by product category or company.

Solar Energy Industries Association Members Database
These are solar energy products offered by members of the Solar Energy Industries Association, including photovoltaics, solar thermal building products, and solar components and materials. SEIA is a trade group for manufacturers and service suppliers.

SolarAttic, Inc.
Solar energy without roof-mounted paneling, new duct and ventilation technology.

Used Building Materials Exchange
Listings of wanted and available materials

Product and Manufacturer Information:

Abacus Construction Index "Abacus Construction Index is a searchable directory of more than 1,500 websites and online documents for UK constrcution professionals".

AEC InfoCenter: Building Products

ARCAT The Architect's Catalog

Architects' First Source

The Blue Book of Building and Construction

The construction industry information network which includes over 800,000 company listings, industry classifications, and over 46,000 display ads.

BuildingOnline: The Search Engine
Searches engine which "searches over 72,000 building related web sites." Search results for individual queries give site URLs plus number of lines containing the word searched. Building related databases include architects and house plans, associations and education, builders, contractors and consultants, product manufacturers, software, media.

Construction Web Resource Guide Covers resources in architecture, engineering, environment, and financing.

4 for Specified Construction Products This site claims to provide comprehensive access to over 8,500 manufacturers' websites.

InterPro AEC/Construction Industry Directory
Construction-related materials, products and services; includes the geographically-organized Professional Services Locator Directory.

Material ConneXion
Materials database to give "professional users of materials hands-on access to a highly selective materials archive and electronic access to digital images, as well as technical and sales information." Fee for membership

Directories of products and companies related to retail design. The directory categories are extensive, but many have nothing listed. Includes list of associations.

Building Materials by McGraw Hill Sweets Sweets Network is the construction professionals' primary search engine, featuring product data and construction industry news on the Internet. The Architecture Library also subscribes to Sweet's CD which is "an electronic product-selection and specification tool offering such digital content as an integrated CAD library, photos, illustrations, technical drawings and three-part specifications." In the reference print collection of the Architecture Library one can also consult the General Building Sweet's Catalog File - Architects, Engineers & Contractors Edition , Sweet's Homebuilding & Remodeling Catalog File, Sweet's Accessible Building Products Catalog File, Sweet's Light Source Catalog File, Contract Interiors, and Sweet's Directory.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
You must register to search this resource, but there is no fee.

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