What does an Industrial Designer do?
An industrial designer develops, tests, and presents new ideas for the manufacturing of everyday products. They also study who might use a particular product and design for a better user experience.
How to Become an Industrial Designer
To gain a career as an industrial designer, you usually would need a bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, or industrial design to be considered for entry-level positions. An applicant would usually present an electronic portfolio with examples of their best designs when being interviewed for a position.
Job Description of an Industrial Designer
Industrial designers sketch a design idea on either 2 or 3 dimensional software (CAD) or paper and then make prototypes to test the design to be considered for production. He or she would need to analyze the cost of production and materials and work with other specialist to determine if the designed product is reasonable to manufacture.
Industrial designers must consider a product’s functionality, safety, and appearance as part of the decision to produce the product. Some industrial designers prefer to specialize in a particular area of design, like bicycles, snowboards, consumer electronics, furniture, or cars. These designers work in offices in different industries or may travel to the place where the product is made.