Engineering and Industrial Design

‘Designer’ is an extremely broad term that covers a huge range of different professional skill sets. The kind of designers used in each industry reflects the balance of technical and market risks in each. It is clear that successful furniture innovation requires different design skills than those required to design aircraft engines. Innovation is also typically a collective activity. Within their worlds, designers will happily recognise the need to collaborate with other related design specialists. The wooden furniture designer happily combines with the textile designer. The engineer creating the thermodynamic cycle of a jet engine will happily collaborate with his peer in turbine blade design to achieve the best collective output.