The Commercial Designer develops and designs manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children’s toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Tasks for Commercial Designer
- The Commercial Designer prepares sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.
- The Commercial Designer directs and coordinates the fabrications of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches.
- The Commercial Designer modifies and refines designs, using working models, to conform to customer specifications, production, limitations, or changes in design trends.
- The Commercial Designer coordinates the look and function of product lines.
- The Commercial Designer confers with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluates design concepts for manufactured products.
- The Commercial Designer presents designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval, and discusses need for modification.
- The Commercial Designer evaluates feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
- The Commercial Designer reads publications, attend showings, and study competing products and design styles and motifs to obtain perspective and generate design concepts.
- The Commercial Design research production specifications, costs, production materials and manufacturing methods, and provides cost estimates and itemized production requirements.
- The Commercial Designer designs graphic materials for use as ornamentation, illustration, or advertising on manufactured materials and packaging or containers.
The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and technology. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. The Commercial Designer needs knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance.
Work Activities for Commercial Designer
- Getting Information- The Commercial Designer observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources.
- Interacting With Computers- The Commercial Designer uses computers and computer systems including hardware and software to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Thinking Creatively- The Commercial Designer develops, designs, or creates new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge- The Commercial Designer must keep up to date technically and apply new knowledge to your job.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates- The Commercial Designer provides information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events- The Commercial Designer identifies information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems- The Commercial Designer analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships- The Commercial Designer develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment- The Commercial Designer provides documentation, detailed instructions, drawings or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.