Calvin Klein may have designed your jeans, but who designed the chair you’re sitting on? Industrial designers work behind the scenes to shape everyday products, from food packaging and appliances to toys and cars.
While their work may not seem glamorous, they serve a very vital function -- and they make better money than most other types of designers, too.
Industrial designers work with engineers to design everyday goods, most of them mass produced.
Most industrial designers concentrate on a specialty within a specialty, such as kitchen appliances or auto interiors.
Creative, yet practical. Industrial designers create products that are more than just nice to look at; they need to be inexpensive to mass produce and user-friendly. You’ll also need the communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to work well with engineers.
The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City is the only museum in the U.S. devoted only to historic and contemporary design, including industrial design.