Industrial designers are responsible for the look of many of the products bought, used and consumed every day. It is the job of an industrial designer to create, plan and style manufactured goods, including automobiles, household products, food packaging, consumer electronics and medical equipment.
An industrial designer considers the usability, ergonomics and aesthetics of common mass-produced items and works to improve the design, function, engineering and marketing of these items. Industrial designers are responsible for the familiar look of brands and products.
Skills You'll Develop
- Communication skills – clearly and accurately communicating complex ideas using visual, graphic, written or verbal means; encouraging open communication in the development of ideas; presenting seminars and proposals
- Thinking and working creatively
- Research skills for effective problem solving
- Project management – working within time constraints as well as regulatory and economic frameworks; formulating ideas and responding to programs or briefs; synthesizing ideas, approaches and interpretation for each project
- Information technology skills
- Team skills – working collaboratively with others; appreciating the impact of work on others
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