UX/UI jobs cloud my "Physical Product Designer" job search

Has anyone tried looking for a proper industrial design job lately where you are designing physical products? Me too. Are the search results you’re getting 70% UX/UI jobs? Same here. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack.

I wanted to know if anyone has some job board search term advice for those who want to design physical products, and get fewer UX/UI job results. I dabbled in Boolean searches but to little resolve.

Since Coroflot is design-specific, it does a good job of filtering. More companies seem to use LinkedIn, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and Indeed.

Will Gibbons wrote a tremendous article called “Stop Calling Digital Designers Product Designers, Please!” that I’m sure many here can strike a chord with. It hits really close to home.

Thank you!

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I don’t know how we let “Product Designer” slip through our fingers, but we did, and in my experience it’s the reality of job searches within a profession that was poorly titled from the get-go. A search for “Product Designer” results in digital roles the same way a search for “Industrial Designer” results in engineering positions.


Unfortunately I think that ship has sailed.

Have you tired searching for both the terms product and industrial to see if that causes a better overlap? Maybe add some CAD software terms? Otherwise it might just be a manual thing at this point to sift through.


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I’m genuinely passionate about both, and this frustrates me as well lol.


My area has limited opportunities for traditional design and UX/UI so the search engine likes to throw in some other options like “Industrial Spray Painter”.
Some how I don’t think the airbrush techniques I learnt in drawing class would translate.


This has been an issue for a decade now.

Unfortunately it’s not going away unless we can seed a new term for them to latch on to.

I was worried this was doing to be the case! I’ll keep everyone updated if I find something new out. Perhaps I’ll do some more Boolean search tests

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Like John Tuld (Jeremy Irons) says…


Ok guys, I have an update!!!

I’ve only briefly tested this, but so far it has done a LOT better than just typing out “product designer” or “industrial designer” in a job search.

I’ll give it to ChatGPT. This is the Q I asked it.

Q: When looking for an industrial design job on a job board like LinkedIn or Indeed.com, you get results for UX/UI designers as well as physical product designers. What should I search for when looking to find industrial designer jobs that design physical products instead of UX/UI jobs? There is a possibility of using Boolean search

— and here’s its Answer:

A: When searching for industrial design jobs that specifically involve designing physical products, you can try the following search queries on job boards like LinkedIn or Indeed.com:

  1. “Industrial designer -UX -UI -digital” This search query will exclude any job postings that include terms related to UX or UI design, and instead focus on job postings for industrial designers who work on physical products.
  2. “Product designer -UX -UI -digital” Similar to the first search query, this query will exclude job postings that relate to UX or UI design, and focus on job postings for product designers who work on physical products.
  3. “Industrial design engineer” This search query can help you find job postings that are specifically looking for industrial design engineers, who work on the design and development of physical products.
  4. “Product design engineer” This search query can help you find job postings for product design engineers, who are involved in the design and development of physical products.
  5. “Industrial design -UX -UI -digital” OR “Product design -UX -UI -digital” Using a Boolean search, this query combines the first two search queries and returns job postings for both industrial designers and product designers who work on physical products, while excluding any job postings related to UX or UI design.

Keep in mind that job titles and descriptions can vary, so it’s a good idea to try a combination of different search terms and Boolean operators to refine your search and find the job postings that match your skills and interests.

So, I’ve found out that #5 has worked well for me. It’s gotten rid of plenty of UX/UI jobs. Do you guys think this works well? Hope this helps!


OK kudos to you for experimenting and figuring that out. That is crazy.

This post touches on the topic from @Anson_Cheung on LinkedIn:

@bornduff or just:

a lot of new jobs posted on coroflot as of late!

I’ve decided I’m going to start calling myself a product stylist. Who’s with me? :wink: