On a basic level, the design is an artform just like any other. While artists have to convey an abstract, general message through their art, designers have to create products which are both functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Another difficult task designers have is to bring closer the interests of the final user and the manufacturer at the same time. They have to satisfy the needs of the consumers while making it cheap and easy product to manufacture.
Beat your first obstacle – your customer
Believe it or not, your worst enemy is your customer. Being an industrial engineer is tough because you have to balance your creativity with the demands of the science. Being practical and imaginative at the same time can be a very demanding job. Sometimes it is exhausting, and it requires a lot of thinking. You can spend nights trying to put these specifications together. On the other hand, you need to make your customer satisfied. If you want to succeed in this, you need to give your customer what he or she needs, not what they want. The reason why this often happens is the fact that they are not aware of their product possibility. The same problem developers have with their customers.
Start from practical and then improve it with design
You will achieve nothing if you make something that is useless.That is why the first requirement you need to treat as your first step is functionality. After you’ve done with it, you can think about design. Here it is very important to try to make it simple. Sometimes this can be the hardest part especially if your customer does not know that he wants. As you have sometimes noticed everything is about your ability to persuade people that their idea of the future product is not the best one. Here you need to be well-skilled in communication with people. You need to be assertive and still not to give in to client’s desires. You need to be very flexible and resourceful.