Industrial designer Maxime Thibault in collaboration with Alexandre Leclerc (industrial ecology project director at the Centre québécois de développement durable), have just published an "eco-design treatise."
Although it first and foremost addresses students registered in the industrial design program at Université de Montréal's Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, the manual - half-way between industrial design theory and practice - is also pertinent to those who want to become more familiar with this new approach.
According to the definition put in place by Afnor (Association française de normalisation), eco-design seeks to reduce a product's negative impact on the environment during the entire cycle of its life. With this manual, Maxime Thibault hopes to help students take on the risks that play into its application, while giving them the necessary tools to integrate environmentalism into their professional practice.
The "ecodesign treatise" seeks to better prepare tomorrow's product and service designers by defining the terms, strategies and tools of analysis that help measure ecodesign. To do this, the authors are relying on charts, diagrams and case studies.
Finally, since one has to practice what one preaches, this manual, whose graphic design was done by Atelier Chinotto, was printed with new technology that does not use any materials derived from natural resources.
It is printed on sheets of polymeric resin, which contains only inorganic matter. Water, stain and tear resistant, this synthetic paper will help prolong the manual's life.
The "ecodesign treatise" is only available at the student co-op of Université de Montréal's Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Design and Urban Planning.
Translation by Jennifer Edwards