In my previous blog I introduced you to the Industrial Designer, what industrial design is and who needs it. In this blog I will address the first phases of industrial design under the title Concept Creation including The Concept, and Detailed Design Development. In the next blog I will cover Prototype Development including Preliminary 3D Development, Advanced Engineering and Physical Prototyping Services. And in my forth blog I will cover an added value service only offered by a select few of us: Manufacturing and Importing Support.
I mentioned that some ‘garage inventors’ take their idea and actually make a version of a product. While this is not unusual, it is more common to deal with people who have just an idea on paper that they want to make into a product. For these people we need to start at the beginning. The first thing we do is create a Concept for the product. We examine their idea and make preliminary drawings of the product. As part of the preparatory stages for this we do an analysis of the needs of our clients’ target customers and assess the state of the art–what is already in the market and how well it works. That information will help determine the direction we go in the next phase of industrial design–Detail Design Development.
Detailed Design Development
In the destailed design development phase, we work with the client to come up with a design idea that satisfies their wants and needs. This phase includes an assurance of further aesthetic integrity, superior ergonomics, dependable design characteristics and materials, smoother functionality, improved user friendliness, enhanced serviceability, increased marketability and foolproof manufacturing.
In my next blog I will discuss Prototype Development including Preliminary 3D Development, Advanced Engineering and Physical Prototyping Services.
My name is Sean Kieley. As an industrial engineer (if you want to know more about me, check out my bio at www.surfaceid.com) I have determined there is a need for people to understand what industrial design is and how it can help them. But before I get into some of the specifics of industrial design itself I think I need to address the question I am asked the most: “What does and industrial designer do?”
The quick answer to that question is that we are the folks who help people take an idea from paper to product. We are the experts who know engineering, design aesthetics, and ergonomics. We are the people who can take a simple idea and make it a strong product, or take a good prototype and make it an amazing product.
I will be answering the question “What does and industrial designer do?” in four parts. The first part, this one, will cover who is in need industrial design, the idea and the initial meeting with an Industrial Designer. The second part will cover Concept Creation including The Concept and Detailed Design Development. The third part will cover Prototype Development including Preliminary 3D Development, Advanced Engineering and Physical Prototyping Services. The forth part will cover Manufacturing and Importing including Overseas Sourcing, Streamlined Manufacturing Support and Importing & Customs Support. Further blogs will go into more detail about these and other areas of interest to you.
Industrial Designers usually work with an idea for a product that a person, such as you, brings to them. I say usually because some ‘garage inventors’ take their ideas and actually make a version of the product. These may work in a practical sense, but most often they roughly constructed and are not pleasing to the eye (read: they won’t sell because they are ugly.) For these people, an Industrial Designer will help them modify the product to make it more functional, ergonomically sound, cheaper to manufacturer and marketable (read: look good!)
My next blog will cover Concept Creation including The Concept & Detailed Design Development.