Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, machinery, parts and toys.
They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. They are responsible for creating highly detailed drawings and workings which become a prototype or pattern for future testing and production. They may make a prototype and then continue to improve and advance it until it reaches the product stage. Usually they are involved from the initial concept until the product is mass produced or manufactured.
Industrial designers need to be skilled in converting a brief to a tangible prototype. The main required skills are:
digital drawing ability using various forms of software
spacial thinking and iteration
planning and mapping the workings and movements of products
to be highly conceptualised
listen to clients and the team and take a comprehensive brief
Industrial designers usually hold a bachelor's degree in graphic design, industrial design, product design, or other related fields. Some employers prefer to hire candidates with solid graphic design skills, sketching, CADD (computer-aided design and drafting), and 3D modelling.