An industrial designer designed every product you use in your home, office or in school. It’s an amazing field and one that if you go to college and major in it, will allow you to learn the skills to actually make the inventions you think about. Some schools will call it “Product Design”, or be even more specific with titles such as “Furniture” or “Toy design”. Look for programs who participate in design competitions, and have internship or "Co-Op" programs available.
"Industrial design is concerned with the appearance and usefulness of manufactured goods. Industrial designers work on a wide array of products, from cars to shoes to medical equipment to toys. Among such requirements and values are functional suitability, aesthetics, technical performance, economic resources and constraints, social and cultural issues, environmental concerns and human comfort."
(Provided By: The University of Cincinnati)
"Industrial designers give form to virtually all mass-manufactured products in our culture. They seek opportunity and advantage through identifying and solving problems. Their creative contributions impact the utility, appearance, and value of our tools, toys, and environment. Their most innovative solutions lie at an intersection of what is knowable and what is possible."
(Provided By: The University of Notre Dame)
"The Industrial Design program prepares students for a professional career in product design, specializing in the development of manufactured objects used by people on a daily basis. By developing products that are innovative, useful, safe, aesthetically appropriate, ecologically sound and socially beneficial, the industrial design profession serves the needs of society, consumers, manufacturers and the environment."
(Provided By: Arizona State University)
"INDD Studio spaces are equipped with custom built workstations very similar to the INDD Lab and are also running the latest versions of Fusion360, SolidWorks, Rhino 3D Modeling, Keyshot rendering, Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office 365, and other discipline specific software."
(Provided By: Auburn University)
"To become professionals, students learn aesthetic values of visual abstraction, from line and color to development of complex three-dimensional form. Students study to practice design as an iterative process that includes ideation, sketching, prototype making, and testing of their projects."
(Provided By: Pratt Institute)
Industrial designers optimize the technological, aesthetic, and ergonomic requirements of product design as an integral part of the physical, social and cultural environment. The industrial designer’s unique contribution places emphasis on those aspects of the product or system that relate most directly to human characteristics, needs and interests."
(Provided By: Virginia Tech)
"The project-centered curriculum at its core focuses on sustainability, ergonomy, user experience, product psychology, business case assessment, entrepreneurship, leadership, packaging, and cultural geography.
(Provided By: Lawrence Technological University)