Commercial and Industrial Designers

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Also known as:
Automobile Designer, Bank Note Designer, Bicycle Designer, Car Body Designer, Ceramic Designer, Ceramic Mold Designer, Furniture Designer, Package Designer, Rug Designer, Snowboard Designer

ABOUT COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER CAREERS
Video transcript

Pleasant surroundings, beautiful clothes and floral arrangements can boost our spirits. Products and packaging that are eye-catching are more likely to attract buyers than those that are not. For those reasons, designers have influenced almost all products that we use in our lives.

Designers usually specialize in a particular area, such as clothing, furniture, home appliances, industrial equipment, interiors of homes or office buildings, and even movie sets.

Typically, designers are employed by manufacturing companies or design firms, but because the field is driven by individual ability, many designers are self-employed.

Designers work closely with clients to develop a new design or alter an existing product. The designer creates sketches, models and drawings both by hand and with the aid of a computer. They often work with other artists, a design director, a project manager, and a development team.

Designers also work in the entertainment industry, creating costumes, sets, props, graphics - even the "look" of an entire theatrical or film production. A designer must have a high level of creativity and the ability to overcome frustration when designs are rejected.

Design is a very competitive field. If you love to draw and relish new ideas, a job as a designer could satisfy your creative instincts.

SNAPSHOT
Design and develop manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
MED
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Read publications, attend showings, and study competing products and design styles and motifs to obtain perspective and generate design concepts.

Research production specifications, costs, production materials, and manufacturing methods and provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements.

Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.

Fabricate models or samples in paper, wood, glass, fabric, plastic, metal, or other materials, using hand or power tools.

Direct and coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches.

Investigate product characteristics such as the product's safety and handling qualities, its market appeal, how efficiently it can be produced, and ways of distributing, using, and maintaining it.

Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality.

Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval and discuss need for modification.

Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.

Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.

Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
TOP SKILLS
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.