Commercial and Industrial Designers

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Visual Arts

Projected Growth: Slower than average

4600+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Develop and design 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.

Common job titles of Commercial and Industrial Designers include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 67.92% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 15.23% said they needed a Some College Courses.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Commercial and Industrial Designers REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Commercial and Industrial Designers can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.


Essential Tasks

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

    Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.

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

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


Regular Tasks

    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.

    Supervise assistants' work throughout the design process.

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

    Develop industrial standards and regulatory guidelines.

    Design graphic material for use as ornamentation, illustration, or advertising on manufactured materials and packaging or containers.

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

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

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

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


Occasional Tasks

    Advise corporations on issues involving corporate image projects or problems.

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

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

    Coordinate the look and function of product lines.

What Tools and Technologies do Commercial and Industrial Designers use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.

Tools

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Personal computers

Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Compact digital cameras

Technologies

Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt

Autodesk AliasStudio

Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization

Autodesk Revit

All Technologies

C#

Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS

ESRI ArcGIS software

JavaScript

jQuery

National Instruments LabVIEW

Python

Siemens PLM Software UGS NX

Trimble SketchUp Pro

1CadCam Unigraphics

Apache Maven

Autodesk 3ds Max

Chaos Group V-Ray

Corel Painter

Delphi Technology

Finite element analysis software

Geometric CAMWorks

MAXON CINEMA 4D

McNeel Rhino software

Quark Xpress

Siemens NX for Manufacturing

Softimage XSI

Verilog

Xara Xtreme

What Skills Do Commercial and Industrial Designers Need to Have?

Let’s be real… take a look in the mirror! Do you have the what it takes to join the other Commercial and Industrial Designers? The Skills? The Ability to succeed? If so, and you enjoy using these skills, then this job is for you. If not, GOOD NEWS, you can always pick up a new skill if you’re willing to put in the effort 💪

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.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Technology Design

Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Everything Commercial and Industrial Designers Should Know…

Commercial and Industrial Designers typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓

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.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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.

Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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