Industrial designers begin their careers by obtaining a bachelor's or master's degree in industrial design, product design or a similar field. Industrial designers utilize their mastery of core design principles to tackle complex problems revolving around the properties and designs of products and systems that need to work effectively and efficiently while still being aesthetically pleasing and convenient.
Industrial designers work in a number of fields: They can design everything from cars to home appliances. This means that they need to stay mentally alert and ready for new challenges. Not every design task will fall on just them and so industrial designers need to provide input on design, aesthetics, interface, and functionality of products all while being able to articulate their ideas well and to work well with others.
In addition, industrial designers working with their support staff by overseeing projects from start to completion. This involves reviewing project plans, designs and deliverables. To be entirely successful, industrial designers need to know what materials work best for a given product and help select the best material during design stages. Industrial designers stick with a project through the entire process so that they can successfully debug issues that arise. When reporting to superiors and supervisors they need to have data on products, so they create presentations and written reports to convey this data.
Industrial Designer Tasks
- Oversee projects from inception to completion, reviewing project plans, designs and deliverables.
- Input on industrial design, aesthetic, interface and functional solutions for products.
- Responsible for material selection and recommendation, work through debugging issues with new items.
- Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys.
- Create presentations and reports for new items.