Industrial Designer

Industrial designers create innovative and functional products, merging aesthetics with functionality. They use their creativity to develop items ranging from electronics to furniture, focusing on user experience and manufacturing feasibility.

An Industrial Designer is a professional who blends artistic creativity with practicality to create functional and aesthetically appealing products. They focus on designing items that are not only visually pleasing but also ergonomic, efficient, and user-friendly. Industrial designers work across various industries, such as consumer electronics, furniture, automobiles, and more. Through sketches, computer-aided design (CAD) software, and prototypes, they transform ideas into tangible products, considering factors like materials, manufacturing processes, and market trends. Their role involves a harmonious balance of innovation, technical expertise, and a keen understanding of user needs and market demands.


  • Conceptualizing and sketching product ideas.
  • Creating detailed CAD models and prototypes.
  • Collaborating with engineers and manufacturers.
  • Researching user preferences and market trends.
  • Ensuring products are ergonomic and user-friendly.


  • Proficiency in CAD and design software.
  • Creativity and aesthetic sensibility.
  • Understanding of materials and manufacturing processes.
  • User-centric design approach.


  • Design consultancies.
  • Consumer electronics companies.
  • Furniture manufacturers.
  • Automotive companies.
  • Technology firms.

Further Information

  • Research design schools offering relevant programs.
  • Explore industry associations.
  • Study portfolios on platforms like Behance to understand designers' work.
  • Attend design exhibitions and conferences to network and learn.
  • Connect with practicing industrial designers through LinkedIn and informational interviews.

Programmes by Study Institutions

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University of Johannesburg: Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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