Industrial Design Defined by Mako | MAKO Design + Invent

Defining the Field of Industrial Design

November 6, 2012

Industrial design exists all around us and pervades our daily lives. It’s not physical, but it leads to tangible results and its essence is captured in the products and technologies it gives birth to. Countless items; from basic kitchen utensils to full-blown space stations, lend their existence to industrial design.

In its most basic sense, industrial design is a procedure that starts with an idea and ends with the manufacture of a product—not unlike the invention process. In fact, industrial designers work independently, or with clients, to develop and improve upon inventive and innovative solutions to everyday problems. They play a major role in conceptualizing product ideas, but their particular expertise lies in coming up with design solutions.

A product’s design encompasses its form, function and salability, all of which are addressed by industrial design. It is a practice that combines the realms of art, technology, engineering and business, and covers every aspect of product design, including; structural design and composition, overall usability, aesthetics and marketability.

An industrial designer begins a project by collecting data based on a product idea that requires developing. Next, the designer analyzes this data and draws from his/her individual bank of knowledge to come up with a design that considers both the product’s user and its manufacturer. By keeping both parties in mind, industrial designers give equal precedence to satisfying human and market needs. They pay special attention to human characteristics and closely follow market trends, which enable them to come up with all-around successful designs. The final product design is expressed using a series of detailed sketches and, perhaps, a virtual model.

These days, industrial design is fundamental to the product production process. Industrial designers, themselves, possess the creativity and expertise that is needed to improve upon existing products and novel solutions, thus setting a bar in the industry.

Moreover, because these products directly affect our economic and cultural exchanges, as well as the ways in which we interact with our surroundings, their design has innumerous and widespread implications. Our world relies on industrial designers to deliver highly effective, appealing, and sustainable solutions to common problems; and in doing so, it challenges them to enhance our standard of living.

About Us: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to small businesses, startups, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry’s leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Feel free to Contact Us anytime for help with your project.

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