AMA - 09/23/22

What is an Industrial Designer?

2 min

By Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

In our AMA (Ask Me Anything) series, industrial designer Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman answers questions about design and process from Instagram and LinkedIn. Rebeccah is the founder of Interwoven Design Group, a design consultancy that specializes in soft goods design and wearable technology. She has over 25 years of corporate design experience and has held positions as Design Director for Fila, Champion and Nike. She is the author of Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics, and speaks internationally on design, innovation and the future. In this issue she answers the question, what is an industrial designer?

Watch the video or read the transcript below for Rebeccah’s definition of an industrial designer.

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman answers the question, What is an Industrial Designer?

What is an industrial designer?

Hi, I’m Rebeccah, I’m an industrial designer, and I’m the brains behind Interwoven Design Group. I’ve been designing and making things for a long time. Today, you can ask me anything. We’ve been gathering questions from our social media and today I’m going to start with a question that we’re asked a lot. Exactly what is an industrial designer?

The way that I like to answer this question is: most people know what an architect, an interior designer, and a fashion designer are. Well an industrial designer is basically everything else. We create the things that you use every day. We can design everything from consumer products to household items, furniture…
And here at Interwoven we specialize in wearable technology and soft goods. If you’re curious about what our work looks like, get in touch. You can follow us on our website or on our Instagram @interwoven_design.

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Industrial design is a field that is not yet well understood in mainstream culture. It encompasses hundreds of market sectors and overlaps with many other fields.

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