Industrial designer skills

Do you have the necessary skills to become an industrial designer? Are you passionate about developing and designing manufactured for the general public? Not only must you combine artistic talent with technical skills, you must also have the work ethic to face any type of challenge that comes your way. If you are interested in becoming an industrial designer but aren’t sure if you have the necessary skills to have a successful career, don’t fret. Keep reading to see what are the top skills required of an industrial designer.
• You must be creative with a love for design. As an industrial designer, you must come up with innovative and new products to capture the public. These products should be both aesthetically pleasing to the eye but practical enough to use. You must use your creative side to figure out ways to integrate existing technologies with your product.
• You must have artistic ability. Industrial designers must first sketch out their design before they can go straight to work. You will need to know how to draw or sketch with a moderate amount of skill. You don’t want what you illustrate to look nothing like the final product you created. As long as you have enough artistic ability to express your design through sketching, you have the adequate skills necessary.
• You must have computer skills. In order to develop and create prototypes of your design, you will need to use computer software. Being proficient in the necessary software and with computers in general with make this task much easier.
• You must have interpersonal skills. As an industrial designer you will need to develop professional and working relationships with clients and colleagues. While it’s not a main priority, you should still always be professional with whomever you encounter or work with. This means being socially perceptive of other reactions to what you say or do.
• You must be able to problem solve. Sometimes your design can run into some issues. Instead of stressing out about it, you must think on your feet and find a way to solve the issue at hand. In this career you will find you will need to troubleshoot quite often. Sometimes the situation may be stressful, so it’s best remain focused on the task at hand and find a solution rather than worrying about what your feeling due to the issue.
• You must have mechanical skills. In order to understand how products are made and what needs to be done to have them function properly you will need to understand the mechanics behind it. Being able to understand the process and how things are made will help you figure out the right calculations and make drafting your design not so stressful.
• You must be able to interpret and analyze data. If something isn’t working out, you must take the time to interpret and analyze what is causing the issue. You also need to analyze and use logic in order to determine what new products are needed for consumer and why they are needed.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/industrial-designers.htm#tab-4
2. http://www.careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au/Occupations/Pages/industrial-designer.aspx
3. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-1021.00

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