I guess what is frustrating is that an ID’er has got a lot of skills to balance and keep in practice with that are “core” to ID:(brainstorming, research, sketching, ideation, form development, high qual. sketches/rendering, drafting, model-making, “practical engineering”, injection molding, presentation/story-telling , branding not to mention the other disciplines we dabble in: marketing, business practices, psychology, social issues, social impact, sustainability, trends, graphics, retailing, packaging, focus group interaction, ergonomics, manufacturing, materials research, sourcing, etc., etc.,
— Oh, yeah, balance big picture and minute detail, handle changes under extreme deadline, be an advocate for design and navigate corp. culture and deflect negative designer stereotypes all without breaking a sweat.
— AND WAIT THAT’S NOT ALL — now in the last 10years or so, master super-intensive 3D Modeling Programs.
— Oh yeah, and keep a beautifully presentable portfolio updated in pdf, printed and website form at the ready to pounce on the next great opportunity.
For me mastering all this and especially the last part is seeming to be a breaking point. I cannot get past Rhino. For me Rhino is enough (and the only one I can afford), to were I can get a decent 3D form out there with a lot of views to be easily understood, can do drafting in it, get nice renderings and even, if the form is water-tight, export it to engineers for Solidworks or STL and understand enough of the concepts of 3D modeling to be dangerous.
Now I know they are a great tool, but they ask a lot in terms of learning curve and practice to were you can use it efficiently and there are like 10 different ones between parametric, free-form and general for visualization 3D like maya and 3dStudio.
Some may argue that these tools make it easier to work in and learn new aspects of engineering, to which was previously the domain of design engineers and M.E.'s, like tolerancing, stress analysis, mold-flow, etc, because the software has those capabilities (to which I say just because it can do it doesn’t mean we should use it.).
ID was always a very challenging field, now it is way more than ever. Thanks for listening to me vent.