• Commercial and Industrial Designers
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  • Commercial and industrial designers develop and design manufactured products like cars, home appliances, and children's toys. They combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

What do they typically do

  • Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment
  • Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products
  • Change and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends
  • Direct and coordinate development of models or samples and drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches
  • Evaluate feasibility of design ideas based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics
  • Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval, and discuss need for modification
  • Investigate product characteristics like safety and handling qualities, market appeal, efficiency of production, and ways to distribute, use and maintain it
  • Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality

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