Industrial designer


Also known as:

  • Product Designer

What they do

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. They assess the design needs of their client, research and develop products, analyse the various costing, material, production and technological options for their designs, as well as bearing in mind fashion and marketing trends. They also supervise the construction of design models, and may also undertake some administrative tasks when necessary.

Specialisations include: Ceramic Designer, Furniture Designer, Glass Designer, Textile Designer

Working conditions

Industrial designers usually work in offices, design studios or workshops. Their workspaces need to be spacious and well-lit. They work regular hours, but may be required to work longer hours when working to a deadline. Industrial designers may travel locally, interstate or overseas to view new design ideas or to attend conferences.

Tools and technologies

Industrial designers spend a lot of time on computers, especially using computer-aided design (CAD) software, and other two or three-dimensional design programs. They use model-building equipment and materials, drawing boards, desks and art supplies for sketching, and may also use other office equipment such as telephones, faxes and photocopiers.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an industrial designer, you usually need to study a degree in design, industrial design or a related area.

The Bachelor of Design, majoring in Spatial and Visual Design is offered at Edith Cowan University. Universities in most other States and Territories offer industrial design degrees.

Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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