Career outlook for product designer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You’d create the look and feel of items that people use every day. You’d find out what the manufacturers want to make, then research the idea and use your creativity to develop a design.
You would usually specialise in a particular product type, based on your training or experience. You could design completely new products or work on existing products.
For example, you could design mobile phones and home appliances, or larger products such as cars.
You’d make sure the item is attractive, efficient and easy to use. You’d also need to ensure it is cost-effective to make.
You may also be asked to ensure products you design are sustainable, long-lasting and easy to repair - using materials that can be reused and recycled in the circular economy.
- Take details of what the client needs, known as the 'brief'
- Develop ideas and make initial sketches
- Decide on suitable materials
- Use computer design software to produce detailed final drawings or 3D models
- Make samples or working models
- Test the design to identify problems
- Find solutions for any problems
At all stages, you would work with skilled colleagues like engineers and model-makers. It would be important to understand different materials and production methods.
As well as designing, you would also take part in meetings and presentations. You might put together bids and proposals for new work.
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