Product designers work with businesses to develop new industrial or consumer products or modify existing products to enhance performance, improve quality, or reduce production or maintenance costs. They take into account the relationship between the user and the product, the method and materials used in manufacturing, maintenance and disposal at the end of product life.
Product design brings together many different disciplines including engineering, market research, production engineering and packaging. The product designer prepares models, prototypes and other representations of the finished product, then progresses the project to the pre-production stage, managing the input of other specialists. Digital technology means that much of the development and 3-dimensional work is now carried out using computer-aided design (CAD).
Related disciplines Engineering design, packaging