Designing Success

Creativity is crucial to business and Design success. This is a little corner dedicated to the design profession.  

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Becoming a Drafter or Designer

Started by Ryan Collie. Last reply by carlos joaquin Aug 26, 2013. 4 Replies

Hello all! I am currently going through the 48 Days to the Work You Love book/schedule. I'm 37 years old, and right now, I am working in a food packing facility as a machine operator, and I know this…Continue

Going Up

Started by Tim Tindle Oct 24, 2012. 0 Replies

How does a Industrial Designer know when he/she has made it? How do you know when you have gotten there?Continue

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Comment by Sonya Forrest on December 11, 2013 at 1:17pm

Hi All - background is graphic design and currently services director for a design firm in Aus. I don't do much creative work in my role so I set up greenapplemagazine.com to unleash :) looking forward to sharing with you all.

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Comment by Tim Tindle on August 27, 2013 at 8:55pm

Hi Carlos,

Welcome, Feel free to share on a topic you like!

Comment by carlos joaquin on August 26, 2013 at 9:40pm

Hello all, I am an illustrator based out of Orange County, CA. Looking forward to contributing to this group.


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Comment by Tim Tindle on June 14, 2013 at 7:38am

Hi Dewayne,

Welcome, I went over and reviewed your work very nice. there are a few people here that are in need of a good draftsman so maybe they will have you help them.

Congratulations on your graduation with honors, that is a great accomplishment. I look forward to seeing and hearing some fresh new ideas from you in the architectural design arena.

Comment by Dewayne Havens on June 14, 2013 at 7:16am
Comment by Dewayne Havens on June 14, 2013 at 7:15am

To everyone: I am brand new to the page and excited to see what can be accomplished. I am a Architectural Designer by trade with an emphasis on energy efficiency. I also work with inventors and idea people to create 3D models and brainstorm best practices for creating a working prototype. I welcome any opportunity to get you started turning your widget into a reality.

Comment by Dianne Drinkard on May 1, 2013 at 10:33pm

That's me, sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees! I am thinking about asking people in the profession that would be using the item for input as to what they don't like about the current one, then improving on it. I have to be careful, though, in not being guilty of patent infringement. The "brain dump" is an excellent idea, thanks for the suggestions Tim!

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Comment by Tim Tindle on May 1, 2013 at 8:56pm

Hi Dianne,

Welcome, So in reading your post it kinda sounds like you are allowing the details of the item to overwhelm the development of it. It is not a easy thing to bring you ideas to life so please don't take me the wrong way. The mindmapping is to help reveal pros and cons of the ideas in words. 

I have found that a large part of developing these ideas occur as you work on various renderings.  As you work through these things don't censor the thoughts you have simply allow a "brain dump" to occur and develop the different ideas. 

Depending on your drawing abilities it may be worth your time to hit one of the local colleges that has a second or third level drawing class and try to hire one of the students to draw out your idea for you. Oh course after having them sign a NDNC agreement. 

this is where a good industrial designer earns their money. A good industrial designer is adept in providing different conceptual models of an item that fits the criteria set forth by you.

hope this helps. if you have more questions please feel free to ask away. :)   

Comment by Dianne Drinkard on April 27, 2013 at 9:47pm

I have some ideas for some inventions of my own, but am having a hard time designing it myself. The first step of any invention would be to do the mind mapping, but after that you must be certain exactly what you want it to be. What purpose would it serve? Make sure it is everything you want it to be before starting the actual drawing. After that I am stuck as well...how to get it on paper?

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Comment by Tim Tindle on October 24, 2012 at 1:40pm
Welcome Alan, I hope to have some lively discussions. Feel free to make suggestions.

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