Re: Industrial Design in the Food Industry

Postby GEBS » February 16th, 2013, 8:19 pm

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A lot of the work concentrates on tableware specifically designed to enhance dining experiences.

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Re: Industrial Design in the Food Industry

Postby smyoung » February 18th, 2013, 11:11 pm

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Hi Fig,

By the thread details, you're interested in more about how process/trasportation/vegetation of food? I'm not sure how much I may be resourceful but here it goes:

I work at a kitchenware company developing gadgets like potato peeler (I'm overwhelmed by how many there are as well), can openers, choppers, slicers, dicers, accessories etc...basically everything you have in your kitchen drawers and cabinet minus pots and pans. We do hands on testing from the gecko with food, making sure we first understand the recipe, process, reservations, condition, size, differences in size by where they're from, how ripe certain produces are, etc.. really boils down to lists and lists of spec sheet with research data. Take that information, generate bunch of diver concepts based on unique/easier interaction, along with creating story boards of how this product may be used or is of value compared to others in the market. More testing happens, sometimes with outside consumer test groups, refine, CAD, manufacture. FDA regulation are strictly applied, and material selection is limited, and heat temp are considered for few products that might be microwaved or stove top safe. There's not a week that goes by without needing to run to the grocery store to pick-up bunch of produces in bulks for testing, or left-over food in the kitchen that are up for grabs.

Ambiente houseware show in Frankfurt, IHA in Chicago are two major annual trade shows that all big players in kitchenware exhibit.

Being aware of food culture + trend really helps before jumping into this field. I myself am an immigrant from Asia and there were some big hurdles to overcome when designing products that I personally never used in my life or even heard of!

Re: Industrial Design in the Food Industry

Postby devonshire » February 19th, 2013, 12:42 pm

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I am the only ID'er at Dart container, which just bought Solo this past year (which makes us 2nd largest in the world I believe) we make single serve food industry containers. ( don't send me hate mail, the "foam" is being replaced) I work in the new product development part of engineering, creating product concepts, a lot of quote support and run the 3D printing/one off thermoforming of NPD. I am the only one sketching the concepts, researching them, finding processes that fit the concepts, creating the presentations/mockups and presenting them to management. I don't directly deal with food, but I have been educating the company that the food is what we are really selling, so the packaging needs to enhance the experience. It is a very tough sell to a company that has been doing things the same way for years and years. So I might be outside of what you are looking for but it is a challenge.

BTW- I recieved my ID BFA when I was 38 years old, don't worry about the age, it is what you do that gets you hired.

Re: Industrial Design in the Food Industry

Postby Lmo » February 20th, 2013, 11:30 am

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It is a very tough sell to a company that has been doing things the same way for years and years.

Not really too hard to understand... .. :wink:

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Re: Industrial Design in the Food Industry

Postby Travisimo » February 20th, 2013, 2:59 pm

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PackageID wrote:
designerboi wrote:Hi Fig,

I work Kraft Foods as an Industrial Designer for chocolate globally [Cadbury, Milka, Toblerone,]. At the moment it really is a niche role but the principals of ID are still applicable. Certainly in the future there is room for product/industrial design within the food industry.

My work ranges from mould design, generating new product concepts and new technologies and processes. There is also some involvement in packaging design but the focus of my work is on the edible product.
It can be a very frustrating job at times but on the other hand there are a lot of opportunities for innovation and also to learn from other industries.

I still work as a typical designer, using CAD programs, rendering software, photoshop, rapid prototyping etc... the only difference is when our prototypes are finished we can eat them : )

Check out future technologies within the chocolate industry....


Welcome to the boards. I am an ID manager working at Mars Chocolate US.

Fig - As mentioned above there is quite a bit of design in the confection world. I am responsible for managing the design of the moulds, but seasonal and everyday moulds, but also the evaluation of the consumer and making sure that the product is delivering the proper sensorial experience. This includes the mould, pack, and every other touch point that might be relevant.

We still do A LOT of sketching. then moving to CAD and prototyping.


Kinneir Dufort, where I work, does a lot of work in candy products as well...

lots of chocolate bunnies, bars, associated products, prototyping, low volume molds, etc... it's pretty neat to see our modeler working on something you can eat a few months later!

We've also advised foreign packaging clients on better ways to present their products in Europe, including the changes to color, names, and shapes of the food itself. Some edible products have cultural ties and work well in one country but not in another... with ethno, innovation, and design work we've been able to advise clients what they can do for better chances when they launch

Re: Industrial Design in the Food Industry

Postby wong bro » August 5th, 2014, 10:20 am

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This is a great post. :D

I am wondering about this industry as well.

I am currently doing a degree in 3D Design (ID), I would like to move into the industry of Food & Alcohol. I am new to the industry so I would really appreciate any feedback you might be able to give me.

I am happy to work in an industry designing, crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils, bottles (alcohol) glassware, packaging anything food related really. :idea: Romantically I have notions of creating a chocolate bar that remains popular for 30+ years, I think this would be an amazing achievement. Eg Mars, Snickers, Cherry Ripe (yum)

I imagine working closely with Chefs, creating products to suit new meals.

It really is an industry I love.

Can anyone tell me how I can get my foot in the door, or whom I might speak to within an organisation?
Eg as posted earlier Kraft/Cadbury/Oxo etc

Any advice in this area would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks


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