Product Designer or Industrial Designers develop designs for a range of practical products that are used in
commercial, domestic and industrial situations. They also create prototypes of these designs with a view towards
mass production. Product design is all about creating new three-dimensional products through an efficient process
of idea generation, development and evaluation. Product designers have an understanding of the relationship
between art, science and technology, and have the ability to exploit each of these things in different ways to create
Product Designer research will use the product and the various ways it might be used, sketch out ideas or create
blueprints, use computer software to develop virtual models of different designs and examine materials and
production costs to determine manufacturing requirements. They work with other specialists to evaluate whether
their design concepts will fill the need at a reasonable cost, evaluate product safety, appearance, and function to
determine if a design is practical and present designs and demonstrate prototypes to clients for approval.
Industrial designers generally focus on a particular product category. For example, some design medical equipment,
while others work on consumer electronics products, such as computers or smart phones. Industrial designers often
work with engineers, production experts, and marketing specialists to find out if their designs are feasible and to
apply their colleagues’ professional expertise to their designs. For example, industrial designers may work with
marketing specialists to develop plans to market new product designs to consumers.
Computers are a major tool for industrial designers. They use computer-aided design software (CAD) to sketch ideas
because computers make it easy to make changes and show alternatives.
Although Product Designer work primarily in offices, they may travel to testing facilities, design centers, client's
exhibit sites, users' homes or workplaces, and places where the product is manufactured. Most industrial designers
work full time, especially if they are employed by manufacturers, large corporations, or design firms.
Many Industrial Designers are self-employed or work for firms that hire them out to other organizations that need
industrial design services. In these cases, industrial designers frequently adjust their workday to meet with clients in
the evenings or on weekends. In addition, they may spend some of their time looking for new projects or competing
with other designers for contracts.
Entry Level Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Engineering and Architecture.