I am trying to figure out what industrial design ‘is’. (I’m sure all ID students and professionals are on the same quest…maybe some have found their own answers, and each will have their own) I’m looking for your response please.
I consider myself an industrial designer (even if just for the sake of rationalizing my 4 yr education in the field). Currently, I am instructing an ID class for children; I am having this conversation with them and am finding that my views (of what ID is and could be) are not as traditional as the rest. The first day of class when I asked a class of 9-14 yr olds their first response is posters (of course a hundred responses soon followed). Who am I to say posters are not ID? And I haven’t.
Core 77’s website comes up when you type in the question on a search engine. It leads you to an article entitled “What is ID and why should I care?” saying this particular designer’s goals are to: “1) to make the product attractive and 2) to make the product not be a pain in the
IDSA’s website claims in more broader terms, “Industrial design is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer.”
I also came across this internal dillema -persay- when I gave a tour of the ID dept of my art/design school for an open house last fall. I turned the tour over to a professor who lectured on the industrial designers role of making things ‘cool, stylish and beautiful.’ And to some designers, that is their goal (and I will respect that), but to narrow down the potential of the
entire field to ‘cool, stylish, beautiful products’ is quite degrading in my
Please share your opinions (with a brief background of your ‘position’ in the field of ID).
Thanks for your feedback. (My students thank you too.)