Product Designer

As a product designer, you will design products for everyday use by conducting user research and user testing to enhance people’s satisfaction with the product.

What do Product Designers do?

Product Designers will design products by taking broad, conceptual ideas and turning them into things useful and valuable for the users. They are also required to work with graphic designers to create logos, packaging layouts, photos, and colors for packaging, instructions, displays etc.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Analysing the trends and requirements of the consumers
  • Checked Meeting the clients and making the samples
  • Checked Developing initial design of the product and discussing it with the clients
  • Checked Supervising the complete process starting from selecting the raw material to processing and manufacturing the product
  • Checked Evaluating the quality of the product and taking measures if there is any discrepancy

How to become a Product Designer?

Step 1
Take any stream in 12th

Candidates who have chosen any stream at the plus two level are eligible for higher studies in designing.

Step 2
Take a Bachelor's’ Degree in Designing

To build a career in Product Designing, you can either opt for a bachelor's degree in any discipline or opt the course B.Des which is offered at the UG level in the field of designing. The duration of these bachelor’s programs are usually 4 years.

Step 3
Take a Master’s Degree in Designing

Choice of a reputed institute for designing courses sometimes plays a great role. To specialise in product designing, it is advised to take a Master’s Degree in Designing (M.Des.). Top institutions offering this course in India include National Institute of Designing (NID) and National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The duration of the course is usually 2 - 2.5 years.

Product Design Colleges

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Requirements for Masters in Product Design

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For admission into M. Des.Product Design at the National Institute Design, Ahmedabad)

  • A 3 Years Bachelor degree of in any specialization
  • A Full-time Diploma of minimum 4-year duration in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture
  • Based on NID DAT (Design Aptitude Test)
  • On the basis of personal Interview

Foreign (For admission into MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom)

  • An undergraduate degree or its equivalent in an area of design
  • English language proficiency : an overall IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6 in writing or a score of at least 93 in TOEFL with an additional writing test score of 24
  • A Portfolio - containing your abilities in design, presentation and innovative thinking
  • On the basis Interview (In some cases admissions are offered without the interview )

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Skills Required

Creativity

Product designers should be creative as they have to be able to innovate and create new designs.

Attention to detail

Attention to detail is very important as product designers are required to pay attention to even the finest details of a product that is being developed. They have to supervise the manufacturing process and immediately rectify if there are any problems or mistakes.

Technical knowledge

Product designers should possess good technical skills as they have to work with computers and handle various software while designing the product.

Communication skills

Good communication skills are highly required as they have to negotiate and communicate with clients as well as their co-workers.

Analytical skills

Product designers should have good analytical skills as they have to study and analyse the current market trends.

Industries

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Top Companies

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