Industrial design is a discipline dedicated to creating and improving products and materials by covering their entire process of conceptualisation, mass production, use and end-of-life.

I decided to study it a bit blindly. I knew I would opt for an engineering degree, but I wasn’t sure which branch to choose. Then, when I discovered the degree I liked its ideas and what it was about, and although it is true that it has some shortcomings, it provides numerous resources to be able to move in the world and look for your speciality.

The degree came to Spain a few years ago, and it covers, on the one hand, subjects of compulsory knowledge for all engineers (mathematics, physics, etc.), and on the other hand, the different phases of the design process. Let’s take a closer look at them:

1. Strategic definition: What need do we want to satisfy? What is already on the market? Who is the target audience? In the first phase, a lack or possible improvement in society is detected, or even a new need is created (a great example we studied was AquaService, generating a new market for water dispensers that did not exist before). A market analysis is therefore very important.

2. Concept design: By means of different creativity techniques and appropriate software such as 3Dmax, possible product solutions are arrived at, and the concept is chosen according to its feasibility, its effectiveness and the opinion of possible users, among others.

3. Detailed design: The chosen concept is developed precisely with plans and corresponding software (Rhinoceros, Solidworks, AutoCad…). Models and prototypes are of great help.

4. Verification: Preparation for market launch: Standards, testing, usability testing, etc.

5. Mass production: Quality control, supply chain optimisation…

6. Market: The product is marketed and checked for proper distribution and development. It must also be marketed accordingly.

7. End-of-life: This is the recycling or reuse of the product, either in its entirety or in some of its parts. It should be planned and as optimal as possible.te tabla:

It seemed little, didn’t it? The subjects in the degree course deal with each part of the process, or tools for various parts. Many of them are listed in the table below:

Finally, in the Final Degree Project I decided to explore the topic of digital marketing further, to learn more about a field with great potential and interest. Thus, I developed a launch plan for the stool in the first image.

All in all, my final assessment of my career can be summarised in these points:

– The career provides valuable tools to create a large part of products

– It facilitates specialisations through the mentions, although it requires additional training and in-depth study in some of its sectors.

– It is very practical: although there are theoretical subjects with study exams, many of them are assessed through projects or practical exams.

– These projects, although not as accurate as a real one, teach and give an idea of what a designer’s work is like.

– It significantly develops transversal skills, which are very important in today’s world: critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, etc.

I am quite happy with my choice, and it has helped me not only to learn a lot about design, but also to have resources and skills that are very transferable to other sectors.

For all these reasons, I concluded that after finishing my degree I decided to take a year off to get closer to the working environment and to study things independently, while deciding on my future plans and specialisation if necessary. I am convinced that it was the right decision. I can’t wait to find out what my future career will bring – thanks for reading!

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