How do you explain what you do?

Postby yo » November 6th, 2004, 12:50 pm

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At parties and family get togethers it seems I am endlessly explaining what industrial design is, the two most common misconceptions (if there is one at all) are that it's just pretty pictures and good times all day, or that its engineering and must be boring to do all that math.

What do you say to explain ID?

Postby Guest » November 6th, 2004, 1:08 pm


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You can't. ID has no credibility. ID schools have no credibility. ID jobs have no credibility.

In other words, you are not credible.

Postby stretch » November 6th, 2004, 2:42 pm


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So nice of you to visit this incredulous site then.

Postby jammin » November 6th, 2004, 2:54 pm


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Hope somebody comes up with something good.. its hard enough trying to explain to someone what you do when you're on a design course.
I don't think you can explain it in any way which universally will be understood by everyone you talk to unfortunately.

Postby Guest » November 6th, 2004, 3:07 pm


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You people are IDesigners and can't even explain your passion? No wonder engineers amke fun of you! Remember that question" is ID a passion?" you IDers talked about in the other thread?

Let me make it really simple for you from an engineer perspective:

"As an I D person, for instance when I design an object: I imagine to get my creative juice flowing, I lay out the plan, I draw the object, I crtique the object and make improvements such as ergonomics, aesthetics, materials, costs, consider the market, I talk to engineers to make it feassible, then I make the prototype, and then review to make improvements again, talk to engineers and marketers and then we make the final product. Then we hope it sells and improve the standard of living for humans."

God, you guys do this everyday and you can't even explain it to your friends? Where is the burning passion?

Postby jammin » November 6th, 2004, 3:16 pm


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Exactly, you can spiel off what you just described.. but if you are still met with a blank expression at the end of it, what do you do then?

Postby Guest » November 6th, 2004, 3:26 pm


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jammin wrote:Exactly, you can spiel off what you just described.. but if you are still met with a blank expression at the end of it, what do you do then?


Just show your new flip/cam cell phone and remind them about their 10 lbs Nokia cell phone of 15 years ago. Tell them that ID people designed the new one!

Postby Boo » November 6th, 2004, 3:48 pm


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What do you say to explain ID?

Aah that old chest nut. A question that has a variable answers:

To the business man: ID is the physical, useful, usable and desirable embodiment of a brand. It is the marketing promise for-filled. The consumer satisfied.

To the lower/est common denominator: What was the last thing you purchased? "Blah" A product designer made you choose that one by making it look the like something you would want, at the price you could afford, over the other products on the same shelf / shop, etc ...

To engineers who think that ID/ers have no credibility then I would suggest that you do not really understand engineerings relative place within business. True, it is far easier / more common place for engineering to be mutually exclusive but that does not mean that ID has any less value ... to those businesses at least that understand the benefit of incorporating it into their strategy ... which as you (Guest) point out is limited by IDers ability to justify the features and benefits their skills can bring to businesses ability to make money ... and in the common language of business.

Postby Guest » November 6th, 2004, 4:21 pm


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Boo wrote:
What do you say to explain ID?

Aah that old chest nut. A question that has a variable answers:

To the business man: ID is the physical, useful, usable and desirable embodiment of a brand. It is the marketing promise for-filled. The consumer satisfied.

To the lower/est common denominator: What was the last thing you purchased? "Blah" A product designer made you choose that one by making it look the like something you would want, at the price you could afford, over the other products on the same shelf / shop, etc ...

To engineers who think that ID/ers have no credibility then I would suggest that you do not really understand engineerings relative place within business. True, it is far easier / more common place for engineering to be mutually exclusive but that does not mean that ID has any less value ... to those businesses at least that understand the benefit of incorporating it into their strategy ... which as you (Guest) point out is limited by IDers ability to justify the features and benefits their skills can bring to businesses ability to make money ... and in the common language of business.


Shut the hell up. Don't give us that thight upper lip British off tangent answers.

Postby hey » November 6th, 2004, 4:46 pm


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Anonymous wrote:Shut the hell up. Don't give us that thight upper lip British off tangent answers.


...uhm, your coming off like a total asswipe. It's a good answer.

Postby Guest » November 6th, 2004, 6:04 pm


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Anonymous wrote:
Let me make it really simple for you from an engineer perspective:


a gekoid always you will be

Postby Mr/Mrs » November 6th, 2004, 6:59 pm


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I agree with the idiot called guest!

Postby ufo » November 7th, 2004, 3:51 am

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i missed the party

Postby Boo » November 7th, 2004, 6:03 am


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Good to see yet another potentially interesting and informative Core77 discussion thread hijacked and deteriorate into a waste of time for all concerned - I thought this place was supposed to moderated.

Postby guest » November 7th, 2004, 9:54 am


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Force the registration core 77 !!

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