Originally published in 1944, The Missing Technician shows how Industrial Design must begin at the very first stages of planning a product. The procedure of a design research committee is outlined – a type of practical co-ordination of the work of industrial designers and production technicians which proved highly effective. The value of materials like aluminium and plastic are emphasized, but equally the importance of glass and cast iron is stressed, especially when handled in new ways that 20th Century techniques made possible.

chapter |3 pages


chapter Chapter I|11 pages

Why Missing?

chapter Chapter III|5 pages

Design Research Committees

chapter Chapter VI|9 pages

Selecting Designers

chapter Chapter VII|11 pages

Examples of Work by Design Committees

chapter Chapter VIII|22 pages

The Effect of New Materials on Design

chapter Chapter IX|7 pages

Old Materials with New Properties