An industrial designer designed every product you use in your home, office or in school. It’s an amazing field and one that if you go to college and major in it, will allow you to learn the skills to actually make the inventions you think about. Some schools will call it “Product Design”, or be even more specific with titles such as “Furniture” or “Toy design”. Look for programs who participate in design competitions, and have internship or "Co-Op" programs available.

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  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
  • Many have student chapters you can join while in college
  • Many offer internships, scholarships, and opportunities in the major

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The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the voice of the industrial design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design. IDSA creates value through publishing Innovation, the quarterly of industrial design practice and education in America; organizing a joint national conference and education symposium each year, hosting five district conferences annually; conducting the annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in conjunction with BusinessWeek magazine; providing Visit
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