Since beginning my undergraduate education, I’ve built many of the typical “engineering” skills that most mechanical engineering students have, from CAD modeling to 3D printing to coding and electronics. Outside of the classroom, I’ve taken some classes and built skills in entrepreneurship and marketing, which I hope will help me towards my ideal career path. My dream job would be to run my own product design consulting business, or working on Kickstarter-type innovative products.
In this class, I think the principles of design will help me, as industrial design is a large part of the consumer product design process. If it’s ugly, nobody will want to buy it. Evoking emotion and desire to use the product can sometimes be as important, if not more, than the functionality of the product itself. Some low-fidelity prototypes can be just as effective as fully functional ones.
What I would like to do to help with this class and my aspirations is learn a CAD program that is more organic surface-based, like Rhino or zBrush. That would help me to truly create some products like the ones that I see around every day, that aren’t all defined by parametric dimensioning, and allow for a more natural aesthetic.