Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Engineering design, industrial design, marketing

If manufacturing can be made to survive in Canada for a few more decades then there are some extremely interesting careers to be had in it. The introduction to this Open University “Learning Space” called Manufacturing (T173_2) does a fairly good job of clarifying the roles and interactions of engineers, industrial designers and marketers in the manufacturing industry. The main point I would disagree with is that there is no room for employing industrial design expertise in differentiating (apparently simple items like) screwdrivers! As a matter of fact, whenever I buy hand tools like these there are lots of factors that I consider.

If you’re curious about industrial processes this is a good place to start reading about those too.