Product Designer Duties & Responsibilities

The role and function of a Product Designer includes the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Consult with clients to determine requirements for designs
  • Research who will use a particular product, and the various ways it might be used
  • Work with other specialists such as mechanical engineers or manufacturers to evaluate whether their design concepts will fill a need at a reasonable cost
  • Sketch out ideas or create renderings, which are images on paper or on a computer that provide a better visual of design ideas
  • Create physical prototypes of their designs
  • Present designs and demonstrate prototypes to clients for approval
  • Examine materials and production costs to determine manufacturing requirements
  • Use computer software to develop virtual models of different designs
  • Evaluate product safety, appearance, and function to determine if a design is practical

Note that this is not an exhaustive list of Product Designer duties and responsibilities. Job functions for specific Product Designer roles may vary, depending on the industry and type of employer.

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