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Product Design

Sector overview

  • The design of products is intrinsically linked to the economic health of manufacturing sectors, or at least the companies within them
  • Innovation is key to stimulating the development of new products
  • The economy is a key driver to the sector. Any downturn can lead to decreased spending/sales which puts more pressure on companies that manufacture products
  • Technology is also important, and design is pivotal for exploiting technology
  • Sustainability is growing in importance. Recycling, repairability and longer product lifetimes will be at the heart of product design

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Job profiles

Increasingly, designers are getting involved in a strategic or advisory capacity with clients. They are looking more at the big picture. Rather than having a tight brief to work from, they are often helping to write the brief. Understanding how people live their lives, what's relevant to them and what technology is appropriate before getting down to the technical design work.

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