More than just making a product look good, we also study its intended users and how they will interact with the product.
When you need to build a house or a skyscraper, you have it planned and designed by architects. Interior decorations and ambiance are developed by interior designers. New clothing line? Let the fashion designer help you out. Now who designs shoes, furniture, toilet fixtures, home accessories and appliances, cars, mobile phones, cameras and laptops? It is us industrial designers. We can do logos and graphic layouts too actually, and the best of us gets to design for space travel. Ain’t we cool?
Industrial designers, in my personal opinion, are probably the most versatile in the creative industry. Probably most of the tangible objects that you see around you could have been the brainchild of an industrial designer somewhere. More than just making a product look good, we also study its intended users and how they will interact with the product. Prior to starting the design process, we do our research in whatever way that’s possible and necessary. Because of this, a single product idea could appear in different forms in the mind of an industrial designer, and undergo hundreds of design iterations during the product design and development process. It can be a long and complicated process, such as I have experienced with developing medical devices, but it could be exciting and worthwhile for us designers, and especially for our clients when they see their product starting to take shape.