UTS Library

Industrial Design: Specialist Resources

In this guide:

This page aims to bring together all of our specialist information resources to do with materials and their role in Industrial Design.

Materials & Product Libraries

  • Material ConneXion
    An image library of materials, covers architectural applications, furniture design, sports design, consumer products, event/store design, apparel and automotive.
  • Ecospecifier
    A database of environmentally preferable products and materials.
  • Material Explorer
    A freely available website with material information. Requires the creation of an account to use.

Standards & Statistics



  • ARTstor
    Artstor has some great industrial design images, and also images from the art world more broadly.
  • Britannica Image Quest
    This is a huge image database, contained within it is the Grove Art Online collection. Well worth a look.
  • Powerhouse Museum
    The Powerhouse Museum's database allows you to search for many objects in their collection, from 1880 to the present day. This interactive database contains thousands of zoomable images and research into the Museum's collection, much of it made public for the first time.