Industrial Design is the professional practice of designing products used by millions of people around the world every day. Industrial designers not only focus on the appearance of a product, but also on how it functions, is manufactured and ultimately the value and experience it provides for users. Every product you have in your home and interact with is the result of a design process and thousands of decisions aimed at improving your life through design. If architects design the house, then industrial designers design everything inside.
Job Title Examples:
- Marine Designer
- Medical Designer
- Product Designer
- Design Engineer
- Product Development Engineer
- Problem solving skills
- Analytical skills
- Careers in Industrial Design (ND Design Dept)
- Career Shift
- Coroflot - Design jobs
- Find an Industrial Design Firm (IDSA)
- Leading Job Board for Designers, Developers & Creative Pros
- Dribble - Jobs for Designers
- Behance: Joblist & Portfolio site
- Squarespace - Common portfolio and website builder
It is important to note that some of the largest companies tend to recruit more heavily early in fall, though positions continue to be available throughout the year. Smaller and lesser known companies from this industry may not be as active during the standard on-campus recruiting periods. Employers in these fields may operate on a different schedule based on full-time and internship needs.
Applying and Interviewing
Your resume will often be the first impression for a potential employer. You want to make sure that your resume is concise, direct, and specific. Ensure that your resume is tailored for the position and for the industry. Highlighting relevant coursework can demonstrate your fit for a particular position. Review our guide on resumes for more information on how to construct one.
A cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. Use the position description to make specific connections between your skills and experience and what the organization is looking for in a candidate. The cover letter should be concise and well-written—if a potential employer reads your cover letter and is intrigued, they will then read your resume. Your cover letter should not repeat your resume verbatim, but enhance it. Together the cover letter and resume can help land you an interview. Review our guide on cover letters for more information on how to construct one.
Most interviews will contain a mixture of resume based questions (questions about your past experience) and behavioral based questions (your ability to handle prospective situations at work. Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Review our guide on common interview questions.
Preparation is extremely important for interviews. Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position. Utilize our resources on how to best prepare yourself to excel in your interview.
- Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position.
Being able to show work examples is a key component when preparing to interview. The Industrial Design Industry, most of the time, requires a robust portfolio with examples of work, projects, and other relevant work to the industry. Tailoring your portfolio to the kind of work that the company that you’re applying to is important.
An online portfolio is a great resource to build over time that visually displays the work that you have done. There are several online platforms to build your own website such as square space or wix. Having a well made online portfolio or website will help you to stand out and provide employers easy access to view your work.
- Overview of Design
- Industrial Design Profile
- Industrial Design Defined - ND Design Department
- What is Industrial Design
- Industrial Design Defined
- Industrial Design Resources
- Industrial Design Professional Chapters
- Design in... Design Firms by City
- User Experience Professional AssociationInteraction Design Association
- Design Matters
- Dribble - Discover the World's Top Designers & Creatives
- The Observatory - Design Podcast
- Topics on Everything Design
- Top 20 Blogs/Resources for UX Designers (updated 2018)
- 99% Invisible - Unnoticed Design that Shapes our World
- The Design of Business
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