Industrial Design : Office Essentials

In order to fulfill the dreams of our clients, and create timeless product, we need all the right equipment suitable  for industrial design. Even down to the players, but that’s another story.

We’ll talk about desk essentials and industrial design secrets. What exactly is it that allows industrial designers to fruition three dimensional files?

It’s the understanding of lines, shapes, systems that optimize function, value and appearance for the mutual benefit of user and manufacturer, often thru computer-aided software such as the entire Adobe suite.

But many times, designers decide to go back to traditional forms of content creation : pen and paper. If a picture can say a thousand words, then an industrial sketch must draw more.

What sets apart an Industrial Designer from any other designer? Simple. It’s the basic discipline that applies principles of engineering, physics, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems.

So what is it that a professional, industrial designer needs at their desk? A protractor? Nah. What is this grade school?!

 A french curve, or, a straight edge? Yes. 

Much of the credit is often given to the software used, but as we find out, many designers aren’t as revered about sketching digitally. Albeit, the essential knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator are core components.

Sure, a tablet and a pen / stylus have become office essentials, but there are always alternatives (there was a power circuit recently and one of our IDs sketched on his iPhone).


The most common answer : your work space is your own. 


“Once I started sketching on a tablet, I couldn’t go back to pen and paper” – Lucas 


suggested innovation : PIXO – Magnetic tablet mount for desktop computers

At an initial glance of lead designer, Andrew‘s, desk, you’d think he is one of the tablet contemporaries in the office.

But according to him, “Lately, I’ve been getting fed up with sketching on a tablet.”


Andrew recently acquired a pretty sweet Batman sketchbook, so ya’ can’t blame him for preferring to sketch in that. 

suggested innovation : Moleskine Notebooks and Livescribe Smartpens


Wait. Hold up. Then, how else can you work on conceptualization if not digitally? 
Well, it eventually has to become digital. Half of our design team feels most comfortable sketching on paper, and then digitally enhancing afterward.

Industrial designers Vic & Rian both agreed simultaneously : COPICS !




Rian : “Honestly, sometimes I find that a regular BIC pen works best for sketching on paper. It’s CHEAP and you can control line weight unlike other expensive fine points, etc.

But there is a downside…It has a tendency of smearing.”



suggested innovation : Ten One Design 

You’ll figure out how to best utilize your materials. 


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