ABOUT Industrial Design
Technology: Industrial Design Services encompass portions of the product design process that lie outside of the engineering realm. These services include human factors and usability research, competitive analysis, product styling, regulatory compliance, etc. Industrial designers can render hard-edged products designed from a functional standpoint friendly, aesthetically appealing, innately usable, etc. They also lend insight into the selections of material, finishes, etc. as to how they will affect the way a user interacts with a product. Industrial designers are often involved with a product's development from its initial, conceptual stages but stay with it through manufacturing, packaging, etc.Will ask important up-front questions ahead of the rush to design that can lead to product successTackles the touchy/feely aspects of product development that many classically trained engineers would rather avoid, or don't comprehend
Industrial design is often referred to as product design, product architecture, etc. It combines engineering, business, and art. Industrial designers are responsible for the way automobiles look, the way electronic gadgets feel, etc.
Advantages: Industrial design services are routinely used by large consumer product and medical device makers.
Limitations of Industrial Design ServicesBest suited to high volume consumer products where market differentiation justifies its expenseWhat appeals aesthetically to users can be somewhat subjective
Applications: Used where high product differentiation is paramount.Consumer electronics/devicesAutomobilesMedical devices