Clearly, many here wouldn’t appreciate seeing others happily eating, slurping or smelling their designs but you truly are missing out on very interesting and growing employment opportunities in the billion-dollar processed foods and food packaging industry where thousands of new, highly-researched big-budget products are launched every year.
For better or for worse, convenience, lack of time and health concerns are pushing manufacturers to conceive increasingly more sophisticated mass produced food items in all categories. The usual design challenges are still there - problem-solving, “materials”, manufacturing, form, color, function, handling, safety, disposal, and more. Chocolates and candy are still molded, pasta is extruded, and so on.
After all, people do eat way more often than they buy digital cameras, and they always will, making any design work related to the food industry a relatively secure, if mostly unexplored work niche by designers themselves.
Italy is probably the best example today of originally designed food sold in a mind-boggling product variety.
This is not about corn flakes chairs or other such idiocies, it is about the packaged foods you and I already buy every day. And many of them look like you-know-what before you even open the box. There is little evidence true design thinking as we know it ever makes it into these products sold in the millions, save for the occasional smart packaging and graphics.
If you are a student, remind your professors product designers are legally allowed to affect anything manufactured by industry - edible or not, and school may unfortunately sell you short on the true number of real-world creative opportunities out there.
Used to be that open-mindedness was a prerequisite to even enter design school. Not sure this is still the case.