A synopsis of materials and manufacturing expertise for trainee industrial designers

Pedgley O. F. , Norman E.

10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2008, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 13 - 14 September 2007, pp.167-172 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Newcastle
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Page Numbers: pp.167-172
  • Keywords: Expertise, Industrial design, Manufacturing, Materials, Training


This paper presents a synopsis of research into the expertise trainee industrial designers need to possess for choosing product materials and manufacturing processes. The motivation is to ensure good correspondence between degree courses and contemporary professional practices. Sources of empirical evidence include interviews with nine industrial designers, a design engineer, a designer-maker, and documentary data from a product design project. The primary message is that trainee industrial designers would likely benefit from materials and manufacturing curricula devised to fuse selected pragmatic and epistemological facets of both engineering and crafts domains.