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What Is Industrial Design

Industrial Design is the professional practice of designing products used by millions of people around the world every day. Industrial designers not only focus on the appearance of a product, but also on how it functions, is manufactured and ultimately the value and experience it provides for users. Every product you have in your home and interact with is the result of a design process and thousands of decisions aimed at improving your life through design.
Emerging as a professional practice in the early 19th Century, industrial design has come a long way since its early inception and is thriving as a result of an expanded awareness of design in business, collaboration and critical problem solving. Pioneers like Charles and Ray Eames, Henry Dreyfuss and Dieter Rams paved the way for modern industrial designers such as Jony Ives, Yves Béhar, and Pattie Moore, FIDSA, to stand at the forefront of modern industrial design.
In professional practice, industrial designers are often part of multidisciplinary teams made up of strategists, engineers, user interface (UI) designers, user experience (UX) designers, project managers, branding experts, graphic designers, customers and manufacturers all working together towards a common goal. The collaboration of so many different perspectives allows the design team to understand a problem to the fullest extent, then craft a solution that skillfully responds to the unique needs of a user.
Industrial Designer Job Duties
Industrial designers are responsible for the look of many of the products bought, used and consumed every day. It is the job of an industrial designer to create, plan and style manufactured goods, including automobiles, household products, food packaging, consumer electronics and medical equipment.

An industrial designer considers the usability, ergonomics and aesthetics of common mass-produced items and works to improve the design, function, engineering and marketing of these items. Industrial designers are responsible for the familiar look of brands and products like Jeep, iPods and the Coke bottle.

Job Description
Industrial designers work with many different specialists, like materials scientists, engineers, marketers and accountants, to create new products. When beginning a project, industrial designers may start with a client meeting in which they advise the product planning team on how existing products can be improved and new ones introduced. They also work with the market research department to assess the product performance characteristics required by consumers and establish visual characteristics that will give the sales team an edge in the marketplace.

Next, the designers may create and sketch several different design ideas and present these options to the client. After the client has decided what ideas are to be pursued, the industrial designers go to work creating computer renderings with CAD programs and graphic design or photo imaging software; they also create 3-dimensional mock-ups to help clients visualize the final results. After the client decides on the final product design, the project moves to the engineering department for the manufacturing process.

A bachelor's degree in industrial design, architecture or engineering is essential for this career. In addition, an internship and work portfolio are beneficial for securing entry-level positions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (, many industrial designers go on to earn a master's degree in business administration because the industry is increasingly emphasizing strategic design and products that suit the client's overall business plan. Industrial designers with knowledge of accounting, marketing, quality assurance, strategic planning and project management may be more attractive to employers.

Career Skills
Industrial design is a combination of art and engineering; drawing skills, creativity and technical knowledge are critical. Industrial designers must have a good sense of color, balance and proportion, as well as good verbal, visual and written communication skills.

Industrial designers usually choose to work on products in a specific industry, such as the medical, automobile, or technology industry. Successful designers know how to combine art and engineering, and incorporate sustainability, usability and aesthetics. An understanding of marketing, quality assurance, and project management can be helpful for an industrial designer to attract more clients.

What Can I Become If I Study Industrial Design?

A degree in Industrial Design teaches you how to develop and design any kind of product, from mobile phones, to bicycles, furniture and even fashion magazines or videos. Industrial designers are the ones that imagine how consumers might use a product and test different designs for them to see which is the most user-friendly. 

That’s why during your industrial design studies, you will learn how to develop design concepts, taking into account social, environmental, functional, financial, and aesthetic aspects. You will also develop IT skills including graphics modelling, multimedia, and web-design.

The next unique product on the market might be yours...

In a nutshell, designers are the brilliant minds that combine the artistic view with IT skills on a daily basis. If you fancy a career in industrial design, then start looking for degrees in the field. A Bachelor’s degree is usually the only requirement for an industrial design career.

However, Master degrees are becoming more common in the field and are recommended since industrial design is increasingly turning into a more competitive industry.

You’ll likely have to showcase your work to impress future employers so remember to develop a strong, original portfolio. Take internships during your studies and take advantage of the opportunity to learn from professionals.

Choose a degree in Industrial Design and use your innovative thinking to transform plain products into mesmerising artefacts. You might just be the next Marc Newson or Takeo Kikuchi!



Eligibility Criteria for Applying for B.Des through UCEED:

To apply for admission, an applicant is required to fulfill the following 3 criteria

The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1994 if belonging to the OPEN or OBC-NCL category and, on or after October 1, 1989 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.

The candidate should have qualified, i.e., obtained a rank in UCEED 2019.

The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2018 or 2019. Those who appeared for the first time in their qualifying examination in 2017 or earlier are NOT eligible.

Candidates from the Science Stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects are eligible to apply to all the four institutes. Candidates from any other stream (Science without Maths or Physics or Chemistry, Commerce, and Arts & Humanities) are eligible to apply to only IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad and IIITDM Jabalpur.

The candidates appearing for their qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2019 should ensure that, (a) all parts of their final examination are completed by the date of registration in respective admitting institute, and (b) proof of having passed the qualifying examination with required eligibility is submitted by September 30, 2019 to the admitting institute.

If a qualifying examination Board awards only letter grades without providing information on the passing grade on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the passing grade and upload it along with the grade sheet. In case such a certificate is not provided, the decision taken by the B. Des Admissions Committee will be final.

The criteria, as specified above, is applicable “in toto” to all the applicants including foreign nationals. Applications from foreign nationals including OCI (Overseas Citizen of India)/ PIO (People of Indian Origin) card holders are considered under the open category and they are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories. Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary. However seats allotted to OCI/PIO candidates are not supernumerary.

Participating Institute Accepting UCEED Scores (Link)



The CEED examination will be conducted in two parts. All candidates must answer both the parts.

Part A is a computer-based screening test. It evaluates visualization and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language and creativity, observation and design sensitivity. Candidates who are shortlisted in Part A using the method mentioned in the brochure will qualify for the evaluation of Part B.

Part B evaluates drawing, creativity, communication skills and analytical and problem solving skills. Part B scores will be calculated using the method mentioned in the brochure.

The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part A marks and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part B.



The primary aim of the programme is to foster wholesome design experience through an interdisciplinary process of teaching and training. Theoretical, technological and managerial inputs, which are dealt with through various courses, seminars and workshops are all directed towards this central goal. The determination to take professional design approach to the interpretation of culture and to use design as a tool for cultural enrichment is the focal point of the programme. Academic exposure while concerning itself with broad phenomena such as sustainability, etc. is at the same time highly relevant to the urgent issues concerning technical, manufacturing and marketing aspects of the industrial world of today. The programme maintains close links with the industry, both in order to keep in touch with the latest developments in industrial processes, and to ensure that the course remains relevant and comprehensive.
Career opportunities for the students passing out of this programme are varied. It includes working for the industry, design or architectural studio or setting up an independent practice in design and architecture.

M.Des ( Industrial Design) From UPES , Dehradun


The course of M.Des ( Industrial Design) From UPES , Dehradun is well built to create a critical mind that has basic design, communication and engineering skills. Students learn through free hand sketches, computer aided design (using Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Alias Design, Sketchbook Designer, RHINO 3D etc.) various studio workshops (Metal, Plastic, Automotive Clay, Wood, Paint etc.), visiting lectures, practical hands-on working with the materials (understanding various Colors, Materials, Finish etc.). It encourages students to learn not only from the course material but also from the various disciplines related to the same, including the environment and the nature.


World University of Design (WUD) joins CEED 2019 as one of the Result Sharing Institutes. WUD will admit students through CEED score to its M.Des. Programmes for 2019-2020.

Eligibiliy Criteria: degree or diploma of min 3 years (after 10+2). For more details visit their website.

Online Registration: CEED 2019 application process has begun. The online registration portal is now open. The last date of online registration with regular fee is Friday, November 9, 2018.

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