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Product Design: Patents, Standards & Statistics

A guide for Product Design students on finding & referencing high-quality academic books, articles, standards & images, as well as resource suggestions for improving design skills (e.g. CAD, UX, Adobe CS) and sources of design inspiration.



Use these websites & databases to find statistics to inform your designs. These sources are more reliable place to find statistics than on the web. 

Key resources


Patents & standards


In your studies you may need to find standards to ensure that the products you design align with the correct Australian or international standards. You may also need to locate patent information to find out whether an idea you have already exists or has been patented. 

Free resources to find patent information


Finding standards


UTS Library has a number of standards in our collection, including all Australian and some ISO standards.

The best way to find print standards is using the library catalogue.

If the standard is not available in the Library Catalogue, please try the databases listed below.  If you have difficulty in finding a standard, please contact a librarian.

Australian Standards

A Google search will find more open-access standards used in different industries in Australia.

Google Web Search

International Standards