The industrial design profession has gone through a number of changes over the past 50 years. At each stage it has increased its value to business, end users and society. We are on the cusp of another transformation of the profession. I’d like to discuss what’s next. We can refer to a graphic shown below to describe what we have been through, where we are and what’s next.
The Industrial Design Program at NCSU conducts a suite of programs designed to get students out of the studio and into the community. By working with community members, the students learn that their design skills can make a difference in the lives of those around them.
You’ve worked hard developing your skills as a product or industrial designer. Now’s the time to put them in to practice. As a world innovation leader, 3M offers interns real-world work experience in their field of study, including industrial and product design.
What feels like a life-time ago we asked you to ‘Share your thoughts and ideas’ in reflection of this past year. We had a total of 100 responses from the design community, a good mix of students, faculty, administrators and practitioners.