Industrial designers are heavily involved in many of the steps of basically everything that is mass-manufactured from the initial concept all the way through to its presentation to the marketplace. The rapid pace of the development of new technology combined with a constant craving for the latest and greatest technological gadget means that good industrial designers are in great demand. [Read more...]
With the advent of many new technological features, many companies are starting to produce their own industrial designs. These include a wide variety of different machines and computer products. Many new consumer goods originated through the industrial design process, since companies often have to patent these products. Identifying the top industrial design companies these days can be a challenge, since there are so many different fields now. But it is possible to measure their success by the number of patents that they generate and how successfully they are received by their consumers. Take a look at some of the best industrial design companies operating today. [Read more...]
A hard question for industrial design students to answer is what exactly it is they design. There are so many options in the field of industrial design. What’s the right direction? Commercial Products? Industrial Products? Household Products? This is also a question industrial design students face when trying to pick a career path.
The difficulty is understandable as the term “industrial design” is young one compared to other design fields. It is also a broad discipline that is still expanding. Even those within the field are hard pressed to explain which industrial designers design what products. Below are four basic categories of industrial design but they are not the entirety of the industrial design continuum. Design is in flux and the terms describing different types of industrial design are fluid so use the descriptions as a overview in choosing an industrial design career. [Read more...]
Industrial design is not a new concept. It’s been around for a very long time. The term “industrial design” is just something that’s been more commonly referred to over the last 20 or 30 years. Industrial design is the utilization of applied sciences or engineering and art to design or produce an actual product. An industrial designer will often be hired to solve for a problem by designing a product that fits the problem’s need.
What Does an Industrial Designer Do?
Let’s start with a simple example of what an industrial designer does. Let’s start with you – the small business owner. You have the problem that your employees are constantly complaining about back pain due to sitting long hours in a chair. Then you, as a business may order some ergonomic chairs to help your employees with their back pain. The chair company supplying you with these ergonomic chairs has a team of industrial designers that are on staff built to design that chair that will help alleviate back pain and meet certain specifications. Part inventor, engineer, graphic designer and artist, industrial designers need to be intelligent, patient and above all creative. [Read more...]
Are you interested in a career in industrial design, but aren’t sure what college is right for you? Don’t worry. Your talent deserves the best it can get. While we could talk about the best design schools in Canada all day long, below is our list of the top five industrial design schools in the United States.
1. Rhode Island School of Design
RISD is one of the oldest colleges of art and design in the United States. The school was founded in 1877, and is home to around 2,300 students with a driving need to become the best they can be in their respective fields. RISD offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 19 different programs, including architecture, design, fine arts, and more. Located in the beautiful and historical Providence, Rhode Island, RISD is close to New York City and all its attractions. [Read more...]
As an industrial designer, I’m always looking for places to go to stimulate my creative design juices. There are countless websites that provide incorrect information that can lead you into design pitfalls if you are looking for good creative direction. As a result of that, I wanted to put together a comprehensive list of my favorite design blogs and news sites. All of these sites have given me some creative innovation over the last few years and have built a highly successful industrial design community. [Read more...]
Photography plays an integral Role in Industrial Design, architecture and just about every type of design. Designers need to have some skill with photography or will usually hire a competent photographer to take pictures and provide images of the replica product or building so they have a good baseline of where to start. It’s common for both designers and architects to seek out good photos of similar projects online so they understand the project basics. At the same time, it’s also prudent for designers to have a very good basic working knowledge of photography so they can take photos through the entire process of product creation and cut down on spending costs by hiring a photographer. [Read more...]
I a lot of people in commercial industrial design don’t appreciate the importance of having a quality architect. Before any type of architecture design strategy can begin, any skilled builder needs to have a concept of the completed structure which is the layout of the design of that building or product. An industrial designer or graphic artist will typically come up with the concept or layout of a building design working hand in hand with an architect. The design can be taken from an existing structure or it can be unique, originating only in the mind of the designer. Once a design has been completed, an architect can take the design and make detailed sketches on how the design can be built, a step by step formula or a blueprint. This is typically where architecture and industrial design cross paths. [Read more...]
This year we’ve seen hundreds of mainstream and popular web design layouts get rolled out to the internet community. The most popular website design we’ve seen in 2013 is the responsive layout. A responsive layout, when done correctly, provides an optimal viewing experience on multiple devices. This approach, also called responsive web design (RWD), will adapt the layout of the website to the devices it is seen on; instead of the other way around as designers have done from the early days of the web. [Read more...]
There are a lot of reasons why the internet is crucial in today’s world of industrial design. For Example, when a company is interested in redesigning their building it’s very important that their building is up to code, and it is also important that it looks good to other people that may be coming into their building since it’s the first impression that any customer will see. Hiring an Architect is a good first start, but most design firms today employ both functional industrial designers as well as architects. Typically architects will need work hand in hand with an industrial designer to ensure that the building process is lined up appropriately, but also to incorporate any new cutting edge designs for any particular products that will be available in the building. The internet serves as an amazing resource in all avenues of architecture and industrial design as it provides detailed information about all design categories. [Read more...]