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Industrial Design Schools


When looking for an educational institution targeted at a specific profession, it helps to understand the components of the job.  You may find elements of the work that are obscured by the overall role and those in turn may result in surprising education requirements.


The Industrial Designers of America (IDSA) provide a detailed explanation of their trade on their website.  Paraphrasing that description, industrial design "...Is creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer."


Because the work involved manufactured products of all types, an industrial designer may find himself working with other company specialists from fields such as marketing, engineering, manufacturing and, of course, management.  It is the industrial designer's job to synthesize the requirements of these disparate interests into a coherent design, leading to a product. 


The industrial designer's job is to prioritize the function of the product with regard to the end user.  "This contribution requires specialized understanding of visual, tactile, safety and convenience criteria, with concern for the user. Education and experience in anticipating psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence and are perceived by the user are essential industrial design resources."
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