Industrial Design

Industrial Design

Industrial Design encompasses not only the look and feel of the product but also how the various users will interact with it. For some products this is critical to their success while its not so important for others. This discipline also includes the UX/UI design and has grown to include the User experience studies now required by the FDA and other regulatory bodies around the world.

Usually this activity begins with very rough mock ups and concept sketches that are downselected for further refinement until the final direction is determined. This could include many concepts or just a few depending upon the sensitivity to design of the product.

This discipline is also responsible for creating detailed renderings of a design to help all the stakeholders visualize the final product. This might be accompanied by crude physical models to help the development team determine suitability. Often this is done with 3D printing but depending on the product complexity, many other processes could be utilized including machining, sheet metal, laser cutting / marking etc.

Its important to determine the level of detail that is important for the product. Many medical and consumer products differentiate themselves through design and thus spend more time in this area. Others like laboratory instruments or manufacturing floor machines are less sensitive.