A type of mechanical engineer
whose job is to develop products that will be mass produced
. Industrial Designers tend to focus less on the kinematics
of the end product
, and more on its static
qualities, such as shape
, and material
In developing a new product, the good industrial designer will have to take into account the following considerations:
For some reason, Scandinavian
s seem to be predisposed to good industrial design
. You may say what you will about the style of Ikea
's furniture, but its design seems to maximize
the root mean square
of the above factors. Industrial Design ends up being as much an art form
as it does an engineering discipline
, and it is not uncommon to see sculptor
s and industrial designers try their hands at each other's craft.
As of the turn of the millenium, most industrial design work is done in front of a computer workstation. Industrial designers can expect to work with fancy CAD and modelling software on even fancier computers, a la Silicon Graphics.
The advantages of a career as an industrial designer include the chance to build things that are universally acknowledged as cool, even to small children, an engineering career that does not require intimate knowledge of such things as UARTs or tensors or dynamic viscosity, and the opportunity to work in a field that will never become obsolete.
The disadvantages of the industrial designer include the possibility of working on extremely boring looking projects, disrespect from co-workers in more technically intense (but usually no more difficult) fields, and the chance that your bad design might end up injuring or killing someone.
If you like puzzles and putting things together, you might like being an industrial designer.