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industrial design studio

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The course program in the Industrial Design Studio of the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at TEI of Athens lasts three consecutive academic semesters. It begins with an introduction to the theory and the historical background of the industrial design and it completes through practicing projects and model-makings of new forms for products of use, which can be tested in terms of ergonomics, aesthetic appearance, usability and qualitative assessment.

In the following pages a detailed presentation of every semester course is presented for the participants. It covers all theoretical instruction and laboratorial tasks according to the approved by the directory of the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at T.E.I. of Athens study program schedule.

The curriculum is supervised by Dr Athanasios Kouzelis.


This theory concerns the historical background of the modern artistic and technical designing of industrial products of use and investigates the practice of design in the fields of material production from handicrafts to highest electronic technologies.

Lecture themes

Introduction to knowledge theory of design and its relations with arts, sciences, aesthetics and economy. The act of creating a form for an object of use. An historical survey on handicrafts and manufacture design.
The era of mechanical materialism and the emergence of industry.
Art intrusion in industry.
The raise and culmination of functionalism.
Video film projection : «Bauhaus- The face of 20th century»

The modern movement.
The dialectic development of industrial aesthetics. From a pop to a high tech concept on designing. Meaning and purpose of Design Management.
Theory and practice of electronic industrial production systems. The perspective mind in design softwares.

The course program is based on the following academic literature :
"Elements of Industrial Design and morphology of products of use" by Nasos Kouzelis (1988).
"History of Design" by Renato de Fusco (1985).
"Industrial Design" by John Heskett (1987).
"Design, a concise history" by Hauffe Thomas (1998).
"Design, Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis der Produktgestaltung" by Bernhard E.Buerdek (2005).


This theory concerns design methodologies and techniques concerning industrial products of use, as well as quality assessment of their morphological and materialistic attributes.

Lecture themes

Introduction in industrial design norms and prescriptions.

The geometric norms in use of industrial design. The 3-dimensional sketch as form organization.
Basic principles of perspective geometry.
The system of orthographic projections..
Αρχές στερεοτομίας και κατασκευής στερεών.
Principles of stereotomy and solid volume construction. Isometric and axonometric of solid forms.

Principles and norms of ergonomics and kinaesthetics. Material and production technology of metallic wares of use.

Material and production technology of polymer wares of use.
Material and production technology of ceramic wares of use.
Portfolio requirements for industrial design projects.
Quality assessment and standardization regulations.
Patent protection norms.

The course program is based on the following academic literature:

"Industrial design of product of use" by Nasos Kouzelis (1998).
"Industrial design manual" by Nasos Kouzelis (1995).
"“Material Technology" by Konstantinos Vassilakis (1990).
"Guide du dessinateur industriel" του Andre Chevalier (1996).
"Drawing for 3-dimensional design" by Alan Pipes (1990).
"The metal databook" by Nayar Alok (1997).
"Normen und Formen industrielle Produktion" by W. Braun - Feldweg


This laboratory course consists of an extended project on solving design problems of small products of use, which serve practical and decorative needs in all forms of human activities (labour, recreation, playing, housekeeping, education, transportations, communication).

The project curriculum proceeds as follows:

Laboratory task

Problem analysis – Description of innovation and morphological monitoring of its form.
Market investigation. Information elaboration. Comparative assessments.
Form description of studied product of use.
Form optimalization. Specification and functional determination of proposed product form.
Orthographic projections drawing.
Isometric-axonometric drawing and transformation of orthographic projections.
3rd angle perspective drawing of the proposed form of projected product of use.
Visit to industry unit relative to the project.
Colored perspective drawings. Report on production effectivity of the projected form of product of use.
Rendering – Indication of material suitability to the projected form.
Organization of the project drawings in a portfolio.


The course proceeds as follows :

Laboratory tasks

Form analysis by geometric observations.
Form surface developments. Volume sections.
Model construction considerations..
Model making work.
Model testifying work in terms of ergonomics and kinaesthetics.
Model modifications.
Coloring and logo typing of the prototype model.
Perspective photos of the prototype model. Text submission of instructions of use. Organization of the prototype in transparent exposition box.