Article contributed by Brett Lovelady, Designer & Chief Instigator, ASTRO Studios
My design firm, ASTRO Studios, specializes in commercializing consumer products and brands for a wide range of markets. Like most designers, we crave diversity, a competitive edge and uniqueness in the type of projects we work on. Typically we need to solve functional problems, advance market perceptions or even generate new iconic forms to lead the creative process. With increased frequency, we’re finding some form of glass helps us achieve these goals.
In our process, the materialization of a product is key to its integrity and often the overall appeal to the end user. Over time people develop unique relationships with the products they use and love; the craftsman with his favorite tile, the baker his favorite bowl, or the artist with her favorite electronic sketch tablet. And how the materials in these products perform, is one of the first characteristics that define a successful product relationship. Characteristics like the wear, the consistency, the patina, or conformity of a well-used product over time.
Glass has long been a favorite material category (as there are many forms of glass) for designers for wide range of reasons. So I would like to touch on a few of these reasons in a bit more depth: