What is an Industrial Designer?

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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What are Soft Goods?

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 and principal designer at Interwoven Design Group, a design consultancy in Brooklyn, NY. She has over 25 years of 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 and innovation. In this issue she answers the question, what are soft goods?

Watch the video or read the transcript below for Rebeccah’s definition of an industrial designer, then check out our Insight article on this topic for a more in-depth explanation.

What are soft goods?

Hi, I’m Rebeccah from Interwoven Design Group. I’m back again for another Ask Me Anything. Today’s question is, what are soft goods? So soft goods are basically products that are made with textiles. They’re smushy and soft, and they can be anything from outdoor gear to a backpack to stuffed animals or furniture. What we do at Interwoven is wearable technology, products that are worn on the body. 

If you’re curious about what we do, you can get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Follow us on Instagram or come to our website, getinterwoven.com.

Still curious?

Soft goods are a specific subcategory in the design industry that includes products made with primarily but not exclusively non-rigid (soft) materials. It is a major category that makes up a significant part of the US consumer market and is driven by innovation, form, and aesthetics. Please check out our article on soft goods design to understand this topic further.

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What is Wearable Technology?

Design is a broad, complex industry that isn’t well understood in mainstream culture. Industrial design, our specialty, is especially vast. In our new AMA (Ask Me Anything) series, industrial designer Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman answers questions about design and process from Instagram and LinkedIn. Do you have any questions about design? Let us know!

Rebeccah is the founder of Interwoven Design Group (that’s us!), an interdisciplinary design consulting practice that creates innovative, thoughtful and efficient products. 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, is one of the founding partners of Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch+), and speaks internationally on design, innovation and the future.

Watch the video or read the transcript below for Rebeccah’s definition of wearable technology.

What is wearable technology?

Hi, I’m Rebeccah from Interwoven Design Group, and today you can ask me anything. The question that we’re going to work on today is: What exactly is wearable technology? 

Wearable technology is basically anything that you wear on your body that’s not necessarily clothing. It could be anything from your glasses to your smartwatch to something that’s going to help you improve your performance. I call it designing a superpower. 

If you’re curious about what we do here at Interwoven, you can get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. You can follow us on Instagram @interwoven_design or you can go to our website at getinterwoven.com.

Want to know more?

Here at Interwoven Design our design niche is the intersection of soft goods and wearable technology. We explained what soft goods design is, and you can check out our Insight article on wearable technology to learn more about that aspect of our work.

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