Integrated Product Design

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Professional & Trade Associations

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) - "the voice of the industrial design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design."  Site has a helpful "Succeed" section for career advice, including "Getting Started in Industrial Design" and a helpful primer on "What Is Industrial Design".

Association of Women Industrial Designers - an international resource facilitating access to design talent, networking and social interaction in the design community; site contains a job board and resources.

Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) - "the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals."  Has job listings in their Career Center.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) -provides resources for professionals and companies to develop and improve knowledge, skills, and manufacturing solutions. Includes a "Student Zone."

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - home page for the national HFES with links to all the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that represent different industries concerned with HF/E, as well as a helpful Students section with information on beginning a career in the field.

Useful Links

Core77 - Since 1995 Core77.com has served a devoted global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits.  Also has a Designers Directory with information on firms, and Coroflot, a site more specific to employment and job postings.

Car Design News' Starting Out - a great jumping-off point for those interested in automotive design.

Dexinger's Design Directory of Industrial Design Firms (includes international and U.S. based organizations, such as RKS, frog, IDEO, etc.), Furniture Design Firms, Engineering Design, Package Design, Toy Design, and many others.

Product Design & Development Magazine - with a lengthy Companies list.

Industry Blogs/Web Magazines:

  • Fast Company Design
  • Yanko Design - mainly concentrated around consumer products, it also looks at technology, architecture and fashion.
  • Industrial Design Served - from Behance, features top work in categories such as product design and industrial design.
  • Design Sojourn - from Singapore, covers design strategy, design research, design management, good industrial design and design thinking
  • Design Taxi - features articles in Product Design, Architecture, Industry Talk, Art, Photography, Marketing, Illustration and more
  • EvD Media/SolidSmack/EngineerV.Designer - "We want to inspire, inform, and train people that make things. That's our mission, and that's what we work toward every single day. Product design and engineering has never rocked so hard."

LinkedIn Industry Directory with thousands of organization pages, including subcategories in:

and many others (most organization pages with careers and/or jobs sections) - consider "Follow"ing organizations of interest (please note, you must have a LinkedIn account to view).

Related "Resources by Career Field"

Aerospace
Automotive Engineering
Consumer Products
Product Design
Robotics
Sports Engineering
Start-ups
Toys