Re: Industrial Design Schools: Opinions and Questions

Postby yo » November 6th, 2017, 11:07 am

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I highly recommend visiting them. All four of them are very different schools.

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Quackophony wrote:When it comes to Industrial design, I have an inclination towards the ideation and prototyping phase, UI/UX, and interaction. So, based on the above information, here's my question:

Which school/university would you recommend for my interests which also offers a 3-year graduate program? I've looked up schools like CMU, RISD, Pratt, and Georgia Tech, but don't have a solid opinion on them yet.

I would ask the question if you are leaning towards UI/UX if you actually want to pursue Industrial Design at all, or actually want to look for a dedicated interaction design/Human Computer Interaction program. There are programs that will let you do hybrids of both, but if you want to focus specifically you may come out with a more stronger portfolio in that area.

CMU has an outstanding HCI program. Georgia Tech also offers a masters degree in that field. All are good programs but very different. More specifically, if you are going to spend 4 years somewhere, you should decide if it's going to be Pittsburgh, Atlanta, RI or NYC. All have very different vibes which will make some people happy and some miserable.

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Hey Mike and Yo, thanks for the suggestions! However I'm not from the US, so visiting these schools prior to admission won't be possible.

I think I wasn't entirely descriptive about my interests, since I see I only mentioned UI/UX to be an interest. Apart from that, I'd say that my primary focus would be user-centric products, both tangible and intangible. Ergonomics is also something that greatly interests me. So for example, designing a game controller would be something I'd like to do in the future, since it has all the aspects that I'm interested in.

I think this is why I want to get into Industrial design, since I don't want to restrict myself to UI/UX only. I feel I'd get more exposure on the whole, and can then make a decision on what I'd want to specialize in.


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