Becoming an Industrial Designer
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Becoming an Industrial Designer

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Also known as Product Designer.
Plans, designs, develops and documents industrial, commercial or consumer products for manufacture with particular emphasis on ergonomic (human) factors, marketing considerations and manufacturability, and prepares designs and specifications of products for mass or batch production.
Training time 1 - 2 years
Average pay $71,434
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,800

What does an Industrial Designer do?

  • determining the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders
  • undertaking product research and analysing functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements
  • formulating design concepts for clothing, textiles, industrial, commercial and consumer products, and jewellery
  • preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts
  • negotiating design solutions with clients, management, and sales and manufacturing staff
  • selecting, specifying and recommending functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture
  • detailing and documenting the selected design for production
  • preparing and commissioning prototypes and samples


  • Ceramic Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Glass Designer
  • Textile Designer

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