Industrial Design: A Career for the Creative Problem Solver

What does an industrial designer do?

Industrial designers use creativity and science in order to help create meaningful products. Industrial designers are tasked with creating initial designs for products, and, for this reason, they must fully understand their consumer and ways that the product will be used. Industrial designers provide initial sketches of concepts for their clients, and then adjust their designs accordingly until their client is satisfied . According to Sokuna (2018), industrial designers usually specialize in a particular industry. There is a plethora of industries available for industrial designers to work in. For example, industrial designers are needed in the automobile, medical device, children toys, and appliance fields.

Industrial designers produce sketches like the one shown above in order to communicate the elementary phases of product design.

Since industrial designers are instrumental in the creation of products, industrial designers must have a firm grasp on human factors and ergonomics principles. Having a firm understanding of human factors principles is just not essential to the usability of the products industrial designers design but also to the safety of the users interacting with the product. Industrial designers also must successfully balance quality and cost when designing products. Chad Davis (2017), an industrial design expert, notes that it can be hard to convince clients of a better designed product when it increases the cost.

What skills does a successful industrial designer posses? 

According to Chad Davis (2017),  it is imperative that industrial designers have strong creative and strong problem solving skills. This is because industrial designers must be able to come up with original designs that help solve a user’s need. In addition industrial designers must have strong sketching ability and be fluent in CAD programs since this is where they will create their work. Because the product development stage requires input from many different specialists—from engineers to human factors experts—industrial designers must posses strong communication and teamwork skills.

Industrial designers are responsible for working with mechanical engineers, human factors specialists, and many more professions in order to execute successful product design.

What education is necessary?

Sokanu (2018) notes that a college degree in industrial design, architecture, or related field is required for most jobs. If one is studying industrial design in school, Sokuna (2018) notes that students can expect to take classes in “sketching, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), industrial materials and processes, and manufacturing methods.” In addition, it is vital that designers have a strong portfolio because this is the most important aspect for securing employment in the industry.

Apple is known for being at the forefront of innovative industrial design.

What salary are industrial designers paid?

According to Glassdoor (2018), industrial designers have an average salary of $60,001 per year, but this salary can range from $48,000 to $82,000. It is important to note that those with 0-1 years of experience can expect an average base pay of $51,524 with a range from $40,000 to $70,000, while those with 15+ years of experience can expect an average salary of $75,87 and a range from $60,000 to $104,000.

Industrial designers begin their creation of new products by sketching their ideas.

Works Cited

“Glassdoor Job Search | Find the Job That Fits Your Life.” Glassdoor, www.glassdoor.com/index.htm. “Industrial Designer Interview | Industrial Design Profile.” Chad Davis Interview , www.allartschools.com/graphic-design/industrial-designer-interview/. 

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What Does an Industrial Designer Do? www.sokanu.com/careers/industrial-designer/.

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