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Industrial Design

Career Studies: Research

Emily Zhou

on 3 September 2014

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Industrial designer
-combine creativity with technological practicality
-create items used by people every day
-e.g bottles, furniture, tools, electronics, cars
-consider aesthetics, ergonomics, and functionality
-design solutions for problems of form, usability, marketing, and brand development
Job Description
-corresponds with my skills and interests
-career involves the use of my talents
-art classes provide experience
-personal value = doing something I enjoy
Financial Reward
Approximate pay scale: $47,145

Starting salary-maximum salary: $30,000 to $150,000

To increase salary...
own or manage design firms
obtain skills in product management and development
gain experience
School Name:
Rhode Island School of Design
2 College Street Providence, RI 02903, United States
Program Name:
Industrial Design
Brief Description of Program:
Skill-based exposure to both traditional and state-of-the-art techniques for visualization. Deals with the manipulation of various materials, focusing on technology as it applies to products, form and human factors, mechanics and movement, and more.
Undergraduate degree
Length of Program:
4 years
Tuition Cost:
Admission Requirements:
Admission fee, official academic transcripts, test scores: SAT or ACT and TOEFL or IELTS, portfolio of work (12-20 examples), drawings (2 RISD-assigned samples), writing samples (2 RISD-assigned pieces), optional: letters of recommendation

Rhode Island School of Design
School Name:
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States
Program Name:
The School of Design
Brief Description of Program:
Students learn to design within three broad, externally-focused areas: 1. Design for Service 2. Design for Social Innovation and 3. Transition Design. These areas of focus represent ways of framing and solving problems that can lead to moderate (service), significant (social) or radical (transition) change.
Undergraduate degree
Length of Program:
4 years
Tuition Cost:
Admission Requirements:
Common application, application fee, official high school transcript, all required standardized testing official score reports, Secondary School Counselor Evaluation, Teacher Recommendation, Common Application essay and personal statement, portfolio review
Carnegie Mellon University
Most industrial designers work for private or trade companies, but can also be self-employed.
For example...
QNX Software Systems
-produces electronics and software
-offers product related services
-industrial designers contribute to designing electronics
-1001 Farrar Rd, Ottawa, ON
-Developed in 1982 (32 years ago)
- about 100 employees
Future Outlook
-growing industry
-not very competitive
-males dominate the industry at 82%
-therefore, less competitive for females
-3.9% unemployment rate
-a university degree in industrial design, architecture, engineering
-a college diploma in industrial design
-project management skills
-product development skills
-computer aided drafting and design skills
-demonstrated creative ability
To outdo the competition...
Action Plan
Algebra & Geometry
Probability & Statistics
Social Studies
Visual Arts
Drafting & Design
High School
-exercises social and communication skills
Extracurricular & Volunteer
-part-time jobs
-student loan (?)
Finance Plan
Potential Barriers
-start now
-re-invent work ethic
-motivate myself
-use goal as motivation
Meet Ms. Soojung Ham
I am an associate professor in the Industrial Design Department at Rhode Island School of Design. I have been working in industrial design for 22 years.
Ms. Ham
Ms. Ham
Q: Why did you choose to go into industrial design?

A: It's something I'm good at, and something I'm passionate about. That's enough for me.
Ms. Ham
-Ewha University
-BFA in painting (1988)
-Rhode Island School of Design
-BFA in industrial design (1992)
-full-time faculty member (2004)
Q: Before your teaching career, what are some things you did on a daily basis as an industrial designer?

A: My day always consisted of 3 things: designing, sharing my designs, and discussing other people's designs.
Ms. Ham
-product designer
-A.T. Cross
-design consultant
-Samsung Electronics.
Ms. Ham
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along your career path as an industrial designer so far?

A: Definitely lack of motivation, just giving up on myself. There was a time when I convinced myself that I wasn't good enough to face the competition, getting over that was definitely the hardest part.
Ms. Ham
Q: How did you overcome this challenge?

A: I told myself that I had come this far already, so even if I wasn't good enough I might as well give it one last shot. After that I just kept going.
What are you most excited about when arriving at work every morning?
Knowing that I will be helping others in their dream to pursue our common passion.
- Soojung Ham
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