Should I go for a degree in Industrial Design or Mechanical Engineering? [more inside]
I've long held that anyone who makes things for humans should read The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. What other books should engineer types read? [more inside]
We're building a small house on a small budget. We want to dig a small cellar (maybe 6'x6') into the ground below the crawl space entrance and support its walls with a wood framework. Is this feasible? Or will the house cave in if we do this? You are not our architect, you are not our structural engineer. [more inside]
Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
Years ago I saw a flickr set (I think) of the covers of a vintage series of books on science and engineering. Each cover (under the dust jacket) was a single color and featured a simple embossed diagram of the book's topic (e.g rockets, electricity & magnetism), with no text. They were gorgeous. Please help me find the series title!
I can't find a Wikipedia page I saw a while back. It was about a sort of design error or cognitive bias whereby designers or engineers reject as irrelevant (or are unaware of) a relevant factor in the requirements of a design because it is outside of their field. It gave an example which was about designing and providing water supplies in Africa. There were known ways to prevent a certain disease in the water, but the engineers were not familiar with them, so the disease spread.
Suggest me a rewarding and inspiring career side-step. I desperately need to find a new job, but the obvious ones directly on my career path are just not working for me. I'm looking for a more creative/design environment which will value my engineering skills and to which I can bring my unusual innovative experience. [more inside]
Weird art/design/engineering filter: I need help designing a small, self-contained unit that will make a beam of light "visible" by filling the unit with smoke. [more inside]
So my girlfriend wants to get into a design field and go back to school for it. What's the fastest and most affordable way for that happen in a meaningful way? [more inside]
Working on a BFA in Industrial Design and considering getting an Engineering degree as well. Is a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering worthwhile? [more inside]
I feel like I have a particular skill related to engineering, but I need help defining it in clear terms and figuring out what kind of job it would be useful in. [more inside]
autoCAD or manual drawing, which should I go for? [more inside]
What are some good places to find concrete examples of people using computers / math / engineering tools to solve (difficult or easy) problems in an intelligent manner? [more inside]
where can I read about the system and software design for mobile? preferably something written within the last year or two? any particular mobile code gurus out there? primarily focusing on mobile web. Any of these books worth getting? They appear to have positive ratings and relevant content descriptions on Amazon. 0321269314 1847193439 0596155441 [more inside]
What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
How do I create my own draft templates in Solid Edge v20? [more inside]
I listened in on an engineering design lecture a few days ago, and was fascinated to find out that there are apparently databases out there that contain all the different ways some common functions can be accomplished - for example, getting liquid out of a cup. What are these databases called and where can I find them?
I am stuck on a "design of machine components" project. Anyone care to take a crack? Its actually a pretty simple spring problem. [more inside]
I'm currently looking for a job in the Vancouver or Victoria BC areas, and I'd like some suggestions on companies that do the kinds of things I'm looking for. I'm a Mechanical Engineering Technologist trained at BCIT, with all my post-grad work experience in manufacturing. I'm looking to move my career into a design focused job that has elements of Mechanical and Industrial design. Job classifieds have been pretty meagre, and I'd like to take a proactive approach instead of waiting for something great to come along. [more inside]
Do you know of any design journals that it would be feasible to submit student work to? I'm looking for either journals specifically targeted to students or journals that are not super high-end. [more inside]
I'm a jack-of-all-trades type of guy interested in getting into product design/usability/human factors. I'm somewhat convinced getting a degree in industrial engineering is a good start. Any other paths to consider before I commit to that? [more inside]
I'm building a two-wheeled cargo trailer for my bicycle, and I'm mounting standard caliper brakes on each wheel of the trailer. I want to control both brakes with one handle i.e. I squeeze the handle, and both calipers close. How can I set this up? [more inside]
How do industrial and product designers or human factors engineers or ergonomics experts talk about the safety implications of redundant controls? [more inside]
I'm an electrical engineering student/hobbyist looking to buy an oscilloscope. I'd like to spend around $200 ($300 max, probes/shipping included). What should I look for, and where? [more inside]
Can you show me a photo beam sensor or a magnetic sensor that is close to the size of my pinky? [more inside]
CareerFilter: Help me break out of the cocoon of mediocrity. I've been underachieving for the past five years. I need to find a career path that I find worth-while and satisfying. New media design? Engineer? [more inside]
I need to make a relatively small (incorporating 1/4" rods) metal assembly. What is the metal, engineering equivalent of an erector set? [more inside]
How are floors held up in a typical house? Such as, for instance, a Dutch colonial? How much weight can they support?
In the teach a man to fish cat., what's the best way to solve computer problems?[mi] [more inside]