Commercial and Industrial Designers
On the Job
Commercial and Industrial Designers develop the concepts for a variety of manufactured products, such as cars, appliances, or toys. They combine their artistic talent with research on how products will be used in order to make products that work well and are appealing.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Collaborate with others to develop or refine designs.
- Conduct market research.
- Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.
- Develop promotional strategies or plans.
- Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
- Monitor current trends.
- Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
- Estimate costs for projects or productions.
- Present work to clients for approval.
- Coordinate construction or installation activities.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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