YD JOB ALERT: Grab an Industrial Design Internship at Electrolux!

Considered one of the biggest names in home appliances, Electrolux has, for long, had an approach that is best described as design-forward. As an organizer of the Electrolux Design Lab, a competition that encouraged innovative designers to help Electrolux envision the future of home technology, the company has always had an affinity for conceptual designs that push boundaries, resulting in products that have redefined categories. Electrolux is currently accepting applicants for its Industrial Internship program in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.


Electrolux is currently looking for two talented and highly creative Industrial Design Interns who will be part of the North American Major Appliances design team. The successful candidate will assist in creating new and innovative design solutions for the Major Appliances North America division of Electrolux. The position will be located in Charlotte, NC.

At Electrolux, design is a global function with around 200 design professionals in seven locations worldwide. We are a diverse studio with a great mix of experience and emerging talent. This Industrial Design Internship role is the perfect opportunity for any individual looking to contribute content that would include but not be limited to initial concepts though final production intent content. You will have the opportunity to work on multiple product platforms and represent our design team whilst working with a wide variety of stakeholders across the Electrolux organization. Our brands in NA include Electrolux, Frigidaire and Vintec. Our team takes a user-focused approach, acting as a strong advocate for the consumer’s needs throughout the end to end journey of the brand experience. We are looking for a passionate and energetic individual to join our ambitious and hardworking family for a time period of no less than six months.


• Able to use appropriate skills, sketching, 3D modeling, rendering, animation and video, to define and communicate product concepts
• Ability to analyze market and design trends and apply through design thinking
• Create broad differentiated and relevant scenarios/ themes/ concepts that explore potential or articulate an innovative proposition
• Communicate ideas clearly and persuasively at an individual and group level, often using story-telling to bring a challenge or opportunity to life
• Apply and define interface and interaction principles. Define and apply general usability principles (in partnership with other competencies Interaction Design, Product Graphics, CMF, etc.)
• Assist in the creation of Industrial Design documentations specifications (2D and 3D data, check point presentation material etc.) at appropriate checkpoints
• Ensure a high-quality Design output, respecting business requirements, brand values and design excellence
• Define and articulate relevant insights by applying benchmarking tools
• Build relationships, team-ship with internal & external stakeholders
• Meet internal and external deadlines according to project planning
• Support relevant involvement of consumers and expert reviews
• Able to create design specification of a product or a range of products within a category in collaboration with Design
• Manager as part of the multifunctional team
• Align and co-operate with internal / external stakeholders, other design functions, development centers, purchasers, marketing, engineering, suppliers, etc. according to design strategy
• Strive for best-in class design solutions to meet or exceed the needs of internal and external customers
• Understanding of consumer segmentation and target groups
• Create and support design quality standards in regards to appeal, usability and Fit Feel Finish from consumer perspective


• Current or enrollment in an appropriate field such as Industrial Design or Product Design
• Second Year enrollment level
• Shareable project work via web site or portfolio
• Intern must be able to work full time from July 2019 – December 2019
• Great communicator (verbal, written, and visual)
• Resourceful, self-driven, organized and able to motivate others
• A sense for design
• Solid understanding of design methods, tools and processes
• Understanding the importance of good design and brand values, and their impact on the business
• Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
• The ability to think outside of the box and look into the future
• Strong organizational abilities
• Drive, Energy & Passion
• Learning agility
• Team player, able to work effectively in a matrix organization and to build networks
• Integrity, honesty and morale


Charlotte (North Carolina), USA.


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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here

The advent of electronics had ushered in the third Industrial Design revolution but we are slowly moving beyond the realm of tangible, screen-based interactions to discover multiple new possibilities. These discoveries are the cause for which, the World Economic Forum and many other leading research agencies are deeming the upcoming trends as the fourth Industrial Revolution. In the article below, Paul Hobcraft explains what exactly does this fourth revolution entail and how will it affect the industries and hence, the world around us.

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There are twin forces at work, feeding off each other. We are facing greater disruption and an increasing innovation pace. These are constantly combining, relentlessly adding a new shape to our future. We are actually caught up in a very revolutionary period.

The days of simple product innovation are dwindling. It is through the fourth industrial revolution (also known as Industry 4.0), currently being undertaken, that technology, talent, and new innovation ecosystems are emerging – building greater complexity into our final innovation offerings. Intelligent automation and technology are fuelling this new industrial revolution. And this unprecedented, exponential pace of change is increasingly reliant on collaborative platforms to realize the result: more radical innovations.

Innovators struggle to manage in a new way

Organizations everywhere are facing mounting pressure to transform – to shift from product-centric business models to new models focused on creating and capturing different sources of new value. As a result, innovation is becoming more complex.

At the heart of this transformation is the fourth industrial revolution. Here, manufacturing is fast becoming the digital manufacturing enterprise (DME). The DME is designed to increase response rate and manage in more efficient, connected, and effective ways. There is this growing recognition that everything needs to be connected to bring a different perspective to any global value chain –one of being far more responsive and bringing manufacturing closer to the customer need.

How does your organization feel about our digitally connected world? We are all becoming more connected in the way we work, collaborate, and manage. Organizations are attempting to “fuse” different technologies to manage the existing physical world differently and are preparing themselves for the interplay between the physical and virtual world – one where this “connecting up” is promising to bring us. The ongoing investment in IT infrastructure is drawing in investments. It is changing the nature of where we will look for innovation outcomes in the future.

The fourth industrial revolution is one where we are gaining new knowledge and understanding. It is offering a very different potential for constructing new business models, products, services, and societal solutions. Many manufacturers are still in the early stages of this fourth revolution, but you have this sense of feeling that we are continuing to disrupt everything we know.

Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution

Wherever we turn in the manufacturing world, the technological revolution immerses us. The scale, scope, and complexity are things we’ve certainly never experienced. It is exposing us to exponential technologies. But what does that mean?

We seem caught up in such levels of velocity, scope, and systems impact – it is seemingly exponential, occurring at faster rates of change. Companies are radically overhauling entire systems of production, management, and governance on a constant basis of change. We have unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to various avenues of knowledge. These are being combined with emerging technology in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, material science, and quantum computing. It is creating fresh challenges and opportunities within innovation. Are we equipping ourselves to explore these?

Of course, we have faced industrial revolutions before. But, being caught up in one tends to leave us often conflicted. The first industrial revolution was based on water and steam to mechanize production. The second revolution was the use of electric power that led to the creation of mass production. Then we had the third revolution, where electronics and information technology started to deliver automated production. This fourth one builds on the third. It is the digital revolution where we are witnessing a fusion of technologies that seem to be blurring the lines between those past established borders to open up different meanings and business potential. It is truly exponential.

Confronted in multiple ways

We are looking increasingly to our engineers, designers, and scientists to unlock these new knowledge flows that bring us whole new areas of technological-based innovation. Product innovation is continually giving way to new concepts that have technology built into them. Our innovation has become increasingly complex, connected, and contextual.

Our industry value chains are being radically redesigned to accommodate “connected worlds” being more reliant on “everything” being digital. This is giving us new options for adapting quality to differently defined market needs. We are learning to respond digitally, in more dramatic and dynamic ways, to reflect pricing opportunity on increasingly opportunity marketing, so as we can appeal to wider sets of audiences or push our offerings out to explore different market potentials.

As we continue to design manufacturing to be fully connected-up, we can adjust faster, scale differently, and deliver quantities to varying cycles of demand, closer to the need of the day and more appealing to the customers. Our innovation scope changes with these new dynamics.

Today, we see a different spectrum of choice. We can order personalized clothes online that reflect the latest fashion, seen only days before. Manufacturing and delivery are taking days and not months to be available in-store or delivered to your door. We can design our own shoes. We can build complete vacation packages, designing our travel to meet our specific needs and budget. More and more, we want tailored experiences or solutions that fit our design need, not just “items” sitting on the shelf.

Mass production has given way to tailored design. We can track our orders, and we can engage directly with those that can deliver to our specific needs. Our engagement and growing relationship with customer service, our needs, and the organization’s service and response are all changing. All provide innovation opportunity to exploit.

Manufacturing is in a massive transformation

Manufacturing has progressively formed around cyber-physical product systems (CPPS) that are merging our real and virtual worlds into a seamless one. Software is optimizing every process and task, whether performed by humans or machines. These are ongoing online networks of machines connected in similar ways to our social networks that are linked through technology and digital infrastructures. Everything has become “smart.”

The revolution underway is connecting all the parts: the “internet of things” (IoT), of data, of services, and of people. We are very much still in the middle of this revolution, but it is where innovation will greatly benefit as this connecting-up continues.

We are constantly seeing progress occurring all around us. For example, we’re now more dependent on cloud processing and data storage than ever before. We are recognizing the value of having digital twins to simulate our manufacturing environment. We are designing software solutions specifically to simulate different scenarios, mirroring our real time to test options and optimize different set-ups, to reflect demand.

Our manufacturing plants are becoming far more integrated – virtually integrated. We are building industry 4.0 open standards so increasingly we can connect across manufacturing ecosystems even more, so as to reduce disruption or provide greater flexibility. We are exploring data analytics for learning and predicting, and this is placing a greater emphasis on collaboration, experimentation, exploration, and coordination from all this connecting-up.

Consequences of the 4th industrial revolution

We must reflect on all these direct consequences of the fourth industrial revolution. Where technology has combined with the physical to raise our customer expectations even further, it has given us different product enhancements that fit with our lives, one where we can contribute and collaborate more.

The customer is increasingly at the epicenter of the economy. The products and services are enhanced through the digital capabilities that boost their value and worth. New materials are making our assets more durable and resilient, and data and analytics provide valuable feedback needed to build even better services and performance for the future. All this connecting and reacting is requiring new forms of collaboration, and we are seeing new types of organizations emerging. They are far more dependent on platforms and ecosystems. Innovation is the unlocking mechanism.

We are required to alter our understanding of Innovation due to this 4th revolution

The consequences of the fourth industrial revolution can be seen in the shifts of our emphasis taking place around innovation. We are focusing more on our innovation spend on technological innovation. We are constantly looking at the changes to our existing business models to reflect these changes, and we are integrating our innovation systems to explore entirely new business models.

Source: World Economic Forum

We are connecting innovation more than ever. For example, choosing a blockchain technology requires significant collaboration and technology understanding. We are reliant on so much to generate “our”innovative solutions, far more than in the past. The interactive World Economic Forum map (screenshot shown above) is worth exploring. As you click on the links, you quickly recognize how interconnected our innovation has become. Not just in being able to produce accepted solutions but being having a ‘richer’ choice on where to focus our innovation efforts. Our innovation is becoming reliant on the fourth revolution and how it is all connecting us up, to provide our future growth through greater collaboration.

Doblin’s ‘Ten Types of Innovation’ – more relevant today than in the past

In the past, innovation was traditionally a product offering only – those within one specific domain of influence, as a one company solution. This has been progressively changing. We have been seeing innovation’s potential in exploring different combinations as outlined by Doblin’s “Ten Types of Innovation” view. It is the connecting-up of our operating environment digitally that is building this out even further.

The configuration, offering, and experiences are being pushed further by the growing impact of Industry 4.0. By integrating, exploring cross-disciplinary engineering, exploring the extended value chain, and through greater understanding of product function, customer experiences and managing innovation throughout the total life cycle are giving us a more expansive innovation canvas to work with. The shift in where to place your innovation efforts comes more and more from both horizontal and vertical solutions not previously imagined without this connected world.

Industry 4.0 has required us to advance our core skills and capabilities

We need to appreciate new digital business models and their impact. We are increasingly reliant on digital engineering and science. Our operations are yielding more innovation growth creating potential in end-to-end management, having available a digital factory that can respond, a greater reliance on so many things digital, ones that can lead to radically different innovation opportunities.

In products, there are so many variations of product extension, of how to position them and operate within multiple business models. There is scope to have radically different product development and processes to manage these. These are multiplying by this rate of industrial change.

Equally, the traditional supply chain has a very different potential when factories and operations become highly connected and start operating as Industry 4.0 entities; in the way they can be operated, responsive, in the supply networks and logistical integration opportunities, and in responding through different levels of automated planning and inventory management. All require different management.

As we connect more, customer experiences can hugely benefit. We can target, sell, and market on greater connecting knowledge. We can understand channel choice and connectivity better and provide more tailored pre- and post-sales support to manage the entire lifecycle as we continue to build the connected industry 4.0 environment.

The innovator is being challenged

So, what must we do as innovators? By recognizing and delivering on the fourth industrial revolution, we can start to think outside our classic product innovation boxes. We can shift our often-linear thinking as Industry 4.0 is the revolution that connects all the parts. Recognizing the transforming potential will revolutionize how we manage innovation going forward. It shifts our thinking and the management of innovation dramatically.

Innovation is fundamentally undergoing a radical change. Where is the front-end in all this? Is it simply just in an idea plucked from random connections, or is it found through all the digital connections we are continually making, brought about by the fourth industrial revolution? Are we capitalizing and capturing these as well as we should be? I feel we should explore this further in future posts. What do you think? Would that be valuable to you?

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The original write up by Paul Hobcraft published on Hype can be found here.

Top 5 Job Openings at YD Job Board for this week

As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. This week brings you openings at the giant of all eyewear brands Luxottica (of the Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many of the top fashion house brands fame…), backpackers dream manufacturer Osprey, Johnson & Johnson and even a chance to design a boat with the White River Marine Group Company among other options!

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Sr. Eyewear Designer at Luxottica (Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many of the top fashion house brands…)

Luxottica is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Our wholesale network covers more than 150 countries and our retail presence consists of over 7,200 retail stores across the globe. In North America, our wholesale business is the home to global brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many of the top fashion house brands. Our leading retail brands include; LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sears Optical. We are also home to EyeMed, the fastest growing vision care company in the United States. Supporting over 4,500 retail stores in North America, a career in our retail headquarters allows us to stay in touch with the end customer and use their ever-changing behaviors and preferences to shape our offerings of the best eyewear and services.

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Product Designer – Travel at Osprey Packs, Inc.

Many of us live in southwest Colorado near Osprey’s headquarters in Cortez. Nestled at the corner of the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country, this landscape provides us with constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for our packs. Our mission is to create innovative high-performance gear that reflects our love of adventure and our devotion to the outdoors. We succeed when we meet the demanding expectation of our most discerning customers and they are proud to use our packs. Osprey Packs is seeking a dynamic team player to join our Design Team in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Product (Travel) Designer’s focus is to deliver innovative seasonal gear-carrying solutions and special designs, ranging from packs to hard-sided, soft-sided, and hybrid wheeled travel & luggage, and accessories. The Product (Travel) Designer is responsible for delivering all aspects of the design from concept to pre-production via prototyping, testing, sourcing, color/fabric/trims processes, and specification packages (tech-packs).

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3D Digital Media Designer at Knoll, Inc.

Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Our internationally recognized portfolio includes furniture, textiles, leathers, accessories, and architectural and acoustical elements brands. These brands – Knoll Office, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck | FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, DatesWeiser and HOLLY HUNT – reflect our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high-performance workplaces and luxury interiors. A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian`s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workplace certification. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

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Senior Human Factors Engineer at Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Caring for the world, one person at a time has inspired and united the people of Johnson & Johnson for 125 years. We embrace research and science — bringing innovative ideas, products, and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The more than 250 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employ approximately 119,000 people in 60 countries throughout the world. The Johnson & Johnson Design team is a diverse and collaborative strategic function, spanning across the enterprise, striving to unleash the power of innovation and design thinking to deliver exceptional user experiences for the doctors, nurses, and patients, mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services.

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Industrial Designer at White River Marine Group Company

Spanning destination retail, boat manufacturing, and award-winning resorts, Bass Pro Shops/White River Marine Group is an innovative pioneer in connecting everyone to the great outdoors. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting with more than 100 retail and marine centers that host 120 million people annually. White River Marine Group, part of the Bass Pro family, is the largest manufacturer of boats in the world by volume offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands including TRACKER®, SUN TRACKER®, NITRO®, TAHOE®, REGENCY®, MAKO®, RANGER®, TRITON®, STRATOS® and ASCEND®. The company also operates Big Cedar Lodge – America’s Premier Wilderness Resort, along with other restaurants, nature-based attractions and resort destinations. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is committed to inspiring everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. The company is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and connecting families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

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YD JOB ALERT: NewDealDesign is looking for an Industrial Designer to join their team!

NewDealDesign, founded and headed by Gadi Amit, has always been on our watchlist for creating some of the most game-changing products for practically household companies. NewDealDesign helped design the first Lytro camera, a large part of Fitbit’s product catalog, and even created the blueprint for Google’s modular Project Ara phone! The company, for long, has had an obsession with the intersection between design and technology, and has shaped how we perceive these new, revolutionary technologies by literally designing around them, to make them beautiful, useful, and human-centric. NewDealDesign is looking for a passionate design-loving, tech-loving Industrial Designer to join their team in San Francisco, California.


We are NewDealDesign, an award-winning technology design firm and the 2013 National Design Award honoree. With over 100 awards under our belt, we work on the coolest projects in tech, from advance concept assignments with industry giants to the latest creations for hot start-ups. We team industrial, graphic and interaction designers with strategists and engineers to create delightful objects and experiences. Come and join us!

NewDealDesign is looking for a passionate and talented Industrial Designer to join our downtown San Francisco office. This is an outstanding hands-on opportunity to contribute and grow with a leading design firm.


• Contribute a creatively adventurous outlook to bring bold, new ideas to the table.

• Deliver a sophisticated aesthetic approach that balances an understanding of user experience and an awareness of emerging trends.

• Convey a personal commitment to hard work and effective time management.

• Collaborate proactively within multi-disciplinary teams to generate innovative solutions appropriate to the project needs.

• Support project communications with proficiency in presentation techniques and a strong attention to detail.

• Create form studies and prototypes with confidence in working with your hands.

• Build 3D CAD models to support form development, design detailing, and prototyping.

• Understand the value of color, materials, and finishes as it applies to product design.


• Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or equivalent.

• Must have 1-3 years of recent and very relevant industrial design experience.

• Competency in relevant digital tools – Adobe CC, 3D CAD, rendering software.

• Excellent hand sketching and form development skills.

• Great problem solving and communication skills.

• International candidates must have a valid United States permanent resident visa.

• Must have a portfolio that showcases a thoughtful creative process (sketches and models).


San Francisco (California), USA.


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Things to know once you start Design School

Congratulations, you joined a Design School! It feels like you have conquered the world and you want to sample and learn all of it right away. But do keep in mind, these years can slip by faster than you can believe, and before you await your graduation, wondering where the time ran away, the tips below by Mydee Lasquite will teach you how to reflect, respond and absorb the max of your design schooling.

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The most important thing a design student should learn and value is staying organized at all times, in all areas of learning. Calendar management is one. An ordinary calendar can serve as a planner. Detail everything on your calendar to help you keep track of everything you need to accomplish for each day, week, month or semester.

Use the calendar to keep track of deadlines and your project progress. Today’s smartphones, tablets, and computers come with calendars you can adjust to your personal preference. You can also download calendar applications and task reminders to help you make the most of your time.

You can end up falling behind and missing important assignments if you don’t list your deadlines in chronological order. Use your calendar to list assignments and their deadlines to get a better idea of how much time you need to set apart for each project.

Learn to stick to your deadlines and make it a point not to miss any assignment as this reflects your ability to meet expectations later on in your career.

Learn to Prioritize

Knowing when to study and when to party is a survival tip for any student. Think of it this way: You should have twice as much time for working on projects or assignments as you do for social activities. Design is a demanding area of study but also a rewarding career.

Learn to prioritize. This also applies to project and subject management. If you can determine which subjects needs more of your attention, then you can focus on those. Following this tip will also free up time for improving your performance in other classes.

Master the Art of Overestimation

Design requires time. A student in design should know early on that every project or assignment that will be required during the course of study cannot be done overnight. Most often than not, projects will be assigned ahead of time and will require days or even weeks and months to complete, depending on the difficulty of the subject matter.

Train yourself to overestimate the amount of time needed for each project.  An important tip for design students is to never eyeball the amount of time you think you will need. If by chance you finish the project before your estimated time, then you will have extra time to do other things or review and improve what you have just completed.

When you land a career in design, you will find that overestimation will save you time, allow you to be detail-oriented and be more efficient in your responsibilities.

Establish Your Network

Design has various specializations. When you start working, you will find yourself needing the expertise of professionals from other areas. As of now, you can start reaching out to potential partners, friends and fellow designers who can assist you when you get your degree and establish your career.

Be friendly and make sure you get connected to people who in the future might be working for other agencies or specializing in other fields. Establish real connections, both for personal growth and your professional future.

Keep the Passion and Momentum

Design work is demanding and at some point may become frustrating. You can survive your studies by being passionate about your course work and enjoying every challenge. Passion fuels creativity, which is the most important requirement of design.

Ask yourself every now and then why you entered design school and keep reminding yourself of that reason.  This will enable you to complete your studies with enthusiasm and become successful in your field.

Be and Stay Creative

In this post on tips for design students, we mentioned that the most important requirement is the ability to remain creative throughout your career. As a designer, your creative ability will be reflected in anything you produce. There may be times you will find your creativity will wane, but, there are ways you can maintain and improve creativity. You should be aware of this and never be afraid to accept that you are in need of inspiration and help coming up with ideas.

In the world of design, ideas are currency and without them, there is nothing you can offer. Always offer your ideas. If they are not welcomed, don’t get disappointed just yet. The world of design is as erratic as the world of marketing is, so keep those ideas flowing, store them and you may just need them in the future.

Be an Avid Learner

Learn as much as you can. Digest everything. Make the most of your time as a student in design. Learn from your classmates, team members, and your teachers. Get some inspiration from your peers’ ideas and store up everything you see and hear in your creativity arsenal–you never know when you might need it in the future. Use the Internet, your books and every situation you encounter. Explore and learn. Experience everything around you, including success and failures, and learn from them.

Never refrain from learning something new every day. Experience is the best teacher, and we can only be a failure if we stop learning what we fail to understand.

Invest in Your Portfolio

Invest time in building your portfolio. Learn how to handle your weaknesses and strengths. Collate your work and understand the reason why you have chosen certain pieces to form part of your portfolio. Knowing why will make it easier for you to answer why you have chosen a particular piece to showcase.

Be Open to Criticism

You are in design school for a reason: to learn. Expect your professors and peers to critique your creations. Sensitivity has no place in learning. Criticism is given to help you make better choices and come up with better ideas while you perfect your skill.

A critique is not a personal attack, but a meaningful way of telling you there is a room for improvement and that you can do better. A particular person’s opinion about your work is not the end of the world, nor does it make you a bad designer.

Avoid getting defensive when being given suggestions and feedback. Be open to what others have to say on how you can improve your work. Again, you can learn a lot from others.

Your work is created not only for your satisfaction but for your audience’s appreciation, hence it should be effective and beautiful in their eyes, even if it means disregarding your personal point of view and stepping out of your comfort zone.

Stay Up to Date with Design Trends

There are rules in design that are so basic that they still exist and are implemented to create harmonious and well-balanced creative projects.

And yet there are means and methods that are already classified as overused or ineffective. In a post on most overused design elements, we have provided a list of some of the most commonly used elements and techniques in design. They may still be good to use but in a rapidly and constantly changing world of visual design, one needs to learn new things and master their implementation to give a fresh and more contemporary presentation of visual elements and design.

Believe in Yourself

You can’t ask other people to value your work more than you do. How you see yourself will be reflected in your creations. It will also affect how you sell your work. If you don’t believe in yourself, you don’t believe in what you do and what it can produce, you will fail to sell it to others.

You have to understand that your time and effort is worth the price of your work. If you believe in yourself and value what you do, you will never be the prey of intimidation, and you will not be shaken by demeaning criticisms. Design is a competitive industry and you need to know how much you are worth and take pride in it so that other people will see and respect it.

Breathe and De-Stress

The design business is hectic. Stress and anxiety are normal emotions most people experience in this field.  When you find yourself stuck and unable to generate ideas or find inspiration, take time to relax and calm yourself. Free yourself from overwhelming feelings and do whatever is necessary to get out of the funk. When you’re a student, you can push yourself to beyond your limits but take a break when something feels wrong or is not working right. This will help you regain peace of mind and give you a fresh eye. It can also offer a new perspective.

Designing is stressful, and you need to de-clutter and de-stress to give your creativity a chance to flourish.

Keep these tips for design students in mind while you are in school and it will make your studies much easier to complete.  You will have more time to accomplish everything and have better chances of performing better and even graduating with honors. With these accomplishments, you will have a better chance of showcasing the quality of your work, standing out among your peers and landing a good job.

YD’s endeavor is to increase efficiency by connecting employers to their ideal candidates. Yanko Design has curated industrial design followers for the past 15+ years, and we know these are the best match for your company. To recruit now, post a job with us!

The original write up by Mydee Lasquite published on Visme can be found here.

Top 5 Job Openings at YD Job Board for this week

As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. This week brings you openings at the parent of multiple kitchen-appliances based brand LifetimeBrands (KitchenAid, Farberware…), outdoor giants YETI, UberEats and a chance to work on a jet with Dassault Falcon Jet among other options!

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Industrial Designer at Lifetime Brands Inc. (KitchenAid, Farberware, chef’n, Food Huggers…)

Lifetime Brands is a leading global provider of kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home. We offer brands you trust, value without compromise and an unwavering commitment to innovation. Our products make it easier for you to prepare food, serve meals, entertain guests, and decorate your home. We market products under well-known kitchenware brands, including Farberware, KitchenAid, Sabatier, Amco Houseworks, Chef’n, Chicago Metallic, Copco, Fred & Friends, Houdini, KitchenCraft, Kamenstein, Kizmos, MasterClass, Misto, Mossy Oak, Swing-A-Way, Taylor Kitchen and Vasconia; respected tableware and giftware brands, including Mikasa, Pfaltzgraff, Fitz and Floyd, Creative Tops, Empire Silver, Gorham, International Silver, Kirk Stieff, Rabbit, Towle Silversmiths, Tuttle, Wallace, Wilton Armetale, V&A and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; and valued home solutions brands, including BUILT NY, and Taylor. We also provide exclusive private label products to leading retailers worldwide. Our products can be found in specialty stores, department stores, national chains, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, home.

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Industrial Designer at Dassault Falcon Jet

Dassault Falcon is the recognized global brand for Dassault business jets which are designed, manufactured and supported by Dassault Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 90 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,400 Falcon jets have been delivered. Dassault offers a range of six business jets from the twin-engine 3,350 nm large-cabin Falcon 2000S to its new flagship, the tri-engine 6,450 nm ultra-long range Falcon 8X. About Dassault Falcon Jet Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America and South America. Dassault Falcon Jet one of the most sought after brands in business aviation is hiring an Industrial Designer in our Little Rock Completion Center. This role is the focal point for all aspects of industrial design and style expertise for the design and manufacturing teams of the Little Rock completion center.

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Sr. Industrial Designer at YETI

YETI Coolers created and leads the premium cooler category by making ridiculously tough (bear-proof) coolers that keep things cold for an absurdly long time. We are looking for somebody to help us change the game again… and again…. and again… in coolers and beyond. We’re on a rocket ship. You can find us on “Fastest Growing Company” lists, and our sales have on average doubled every year since our founding in 2006. We are probably bigger (in sales, staff, resources) than you think we are, but still small enough for you to meaningfully help build and shape this growing brand. We believe in making great products without compromise and are not afraid to charge more for the best materials, construction, suppliers, and manufacturing processes. We’re headquartered in Austin, Texas, which is one of America’s fastest-growing cities for a reason: it’s a pretty great place to live. As a member of the YETI Industrial Design Team, this successful candidate will possess a deep understanding of the YETI brand and what it takes to deliver great design. The Sr. Industrial Designer will champion industrial design efforts of new YETI products through understanding consumer wants and needs, creative problem solving, and communicating their ideas with the larger organization. A high level of teamwork and collaboration is paramount to the success of our organization, “No One Succeeds Alone!”

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Senior Industrial Designer at Shopify

Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform used by small to medium-sized businesses and global brands alike. We believe entrepreneurship should be accessible to everyone. We are powering the future of commerce by removing barriers to enable anyone anywhere to build, grow, and scale a business, both online and offline. Shopify currently powers over 800,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries. Our industrial designers are exploring the future of Retail and they take ownership over the entire physical product development process. They collaborate with a variety of experts internally as well as with outside agencies and vendors in order to design and prototype new products and experiences, helping to shape the strategic direction for Shopify hardware.

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Sr. Product Designer at Uber Eats

Uber Eats is looking for great design thinkers and problem solvers for a brand new team that will transform how people get their groceries. As a Product Designer on the grocery team, you’ll take on tough interaction and service design challenges, and you’ll work on big new ideas that will transform how people eat.  You’ll collaborate with design-oriented engineers, product managers and some of the world’s best designers and researchers on our fast-paced, rapidly growing Toronto team. You’ll make magic by crafting and shipping delicious and delightful experiences for people around the world. Responsibilities include owning design problems end to end, from initial concept through shipping and beyond, creating wireframes and prototypes to solve difficult UX problems, to obsess over the details of visual and motion design, and design systems to make simple, elegant experiences based on our complex logistics and machine learning technology.

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YD JOB ALERT: Join Fuseproject as an Environmental Designer

fuseproject, a studio started by Yves Behar, is looking for an Environmental Designer to join their team in San Francisco, CA. fuseproject has been responsible for the designs behind many winning brands like Jawbone, Sodastream, Tile, WD, Paypal, August Systems, and many more. With their signature approach to design intervention, fuseproject has been one of the most influential design studios the world has ever seen, providing award-winning services that span across innovation, strategy, industrial design, brand design, and even digital design!


We are looking for an Environments Designer who really knows their way around a sketch pad, model shop and computer. You should be up to date on the latest trends and styles. You have a passion for unique contemporary solutions. On top of having the design chops, you have strong communication skills, proven collaboration skills with large project teams and the ability to collaborate in order to deliver exceptional results.

Founded in 1999 by Yves Béhar, fuseproject is an award-winning, integrated design agency. Taking a long-term approach to developing products, experiences and brands, fuseproject works globally and across a wide array of industries as diverse as technology, furniture, fashion, environmental design, and consumer goods.

We fuse together design disciplines including design strategy, industrial design, brand, packaging, experience design (UI/UX), and environmental design for corporate clients and startups such as Herman Miller, Samsung, USAID/DFID, PayPal, Movado, Kodak and many more.

In order to apply you MUST submit a portfolio.


• Deliver core interiors and environmental design expertise to multi faceted design projects at a world-leading product design, strategy and brand-building firm.
• Support the delivery of comprehensive design submissions to clients in a timely manner.
• Present to client and internal stakeholders with full confidence and knowledge of project scope and direction.
• Demonstrate creative abilities and applied problem-solving skills.
• Self-manage and demonstrate high level of professional maturity.
• Be quality minded and self-motivated.
• Partner with Strategy, Industrial, and Experience Design teams within fuse to execute and deliver uniquely strong, world-class, game-changing designs, and outcomes.
• Assist in the development of designs, immerse yourself in project development and the production processes, and have an ability to work cooperatively within the design team.
• Ability to travel internationally on a regular cadence.


• A degree in Architecture or Environmental Design.
• Experience in retail, environmental design, pop-ups, commercial interiors, or trade shows.
• Demonstrated experience interfacing with contractors and fabricators; experience overseeing custom fabrication and on-site implementation.
• Minimum three years practical experience across all phases of design: conceptual design/sketching, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration.
• Excellent 3D Visualization skills.
• Experience integrating merchandising, signage, video, and print graphics into environmental design work.
• Contemporary, internationally-savvy design sensibility.
• Strong portfolio of completed, well-documented projects.
• Proven collaborator on large project teams. The ability to ‘lead and follow’ within internal project teams.
• Strong organizational and communications skills. Excellent client presentation skills, experience presenting to senior clients and groups, and ability to assemble visual presentations.
• Leonardo Da Vinci-level sketching abilities.
• Software skills: e.g. Sketch-Up, InDesign, AutoCad, Keynote, +Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Rhino, Keyshot, V-Ray and 3DMax, core business productivity suites.
• Ability to deliver against aggressive deadlines, on-time.
• Understanding of building, fire, and life-safety codes.
• Understanding of typical fabrication detailing and processes.
• Proficient in researching and proposing FF&E and sustainable selections while working within budget limits.
• Expert in CMF (color, materials, finishes).
• Knowledge of current vendor resources in floor and surface materials and finishes, glass systems, lighting systems and controls, fabrics and coverings, seating, desking and offices systems, furniture, A/V integration.
• Uncompromising passion for unique, crisp, and distilled contemporary solutions.


San Francisco, USA.


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Transitioning from Industrial Design to User Experience Design

User Experience Design. The past decade has been stormed by this latest (although it has been an integral part of Industrial Design for years) field of design! Simply speaking, user experience design is about transferring our existing process and applying it to a digital medium. But as the technological advancements have grown, this nascent field has come up with its own sets of rules and preferences, which are also evolving as the medium evolves. To understand more about transferring the knowledge from Industrial to UX Design, the write-up by Jake Deakin takes about his personal journey as he becomes a User Experience Designer.

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The Beginning — My Story

I’ve made a career out of pushing myself to do things I was totally unqualified for. I graduated from university with an honors degree in industrial design. At the time, the scene was rough – not much was happening for any industrial designers, let alone graduates. I took a risk and decided to drop industrial design and try working purely as a user experience designer (UX)… Fast forward, I’m now working as a product designer at MYOB in AU.

Why UX? In my final year of uni, I completed my thesis on a human-centered design approach to the patient experience of a healthcare center. This project had a large digital component to it, and during that time I was introduced to the famous ‘UX team of one’ book, which opened my eyes to the field of UX. To me, it was the digital equivalent of industrial design, but it focused more on the user than the product — something that in my opinion industrial design lacked.

Earlier I mentioned dropping industrial design… well, that’s what I thought I was doing at the time. Since my career pivot, I’ve noticed many interesting parallels between industrial design and product design. Although the outputs are different, it’s amazing to see how many of the design principles and processes are the same, even some of the tools I’ve carried between industries.

I hope you find this post both interesting and useful. Hopefully, it helps an early, or even late career industrial designer decide whether UX is a path worth exploring.

The similarities I’ve found along my journey — ID & UXD

There is a number of overlaps I’ve found between both industries. This not definitely not a comprehensive list, but merely an overview of the most common parallels.

  1. Research
    In both fields we utilize research methodologies like ethnography, storyboarding, user journey mapping, interviewing, surveying, diary studies, observation etc. We have the same research goal; to learn as much about the end user as possible. User research offers both fields the opportunity to design experiences that satisfy the user’s true needs, leaving them with an experience that exceeds their expectations and creates long term engagement.
  2. Ideation
    In both fields, we generate, develop, and communicating new ideas. Ideation in both disciplines comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation to development, to actualization. As such, it is an essential part of the design process. I’ve found in both fields that I have ideated through journey maps, sketches, mood boards, prototypes, and similar artifacts.
  3. Evaluation & validation
    In both fields, we evaluate and validate customers (do we have a customer?) problems (does this problem actually exist?), concepts (does this solve the problem?), experiences (does this solution present any problems?) and technical validation (code/manufacturing). In both fields, this can be done with user interviews, observation, sketching, prototyping and testing.
  4. The end goal
    In both fields the end goal is the exact same, we want to create a great product that satisfies our user’s needs. The medium we use to achieve this may be different, but the goal remains the same.

The differences & my suggestions for adapting

There are also a variety of key differences between these two fields. For me, these differences were unavoidable challenges I had to overcome. At the bottom of each subject, you’ll find my suggestion on adapting to these differences.

  1. Physical vs. digital… Tangible vs intangible
    There have long been physical products with digital components, as our world becomes smarter, the overlap of will only increase making this pointless of a difference and more or a similarity. However, the most obvious difference between the two disciplines is that industrial design addresses tangible products and UX primarily focuses on intangible products. As an industrial designer, whether you work on automotive, homewares or POS, as the outcome is tangible it requires three-dimensional rationale during all phases all the design process. Juxtaposed to this, as UX is mostly intangible, you’ll be applying your skills in two dimensions. Whenever I crave creating something tangible, I do it… There are many ways you can create tangible artifacts in UX design. However, you will miss creating 3D products.
  2. Teams
    While working in industrial design an average day was spent alongside a design manager, a few senior/midweight designers, customers and possibly a manufacturer. In UX it’s completely different (subject to where you work). In my current role on an average day ill spent my time alongside a design manager, multiple senior/midweight/junior designers, business analysts, product managers, developers, a data scientist, and customers. In my experience, UX teams tend to be bigger, and paired with many other roles. My suggestion is to learn about working with these roles and see if it interests you — in my case, it did. I enjoy having the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of thinking.
  3. Tools
    While working in industrial design I spent most my time in Solidworks, 3DSMax, Keyshot and the Adobe Suite. However, in UX my tools of choice are Sketch, Invision, and Principle. No matter the industry, as technology evolves, tools will continue to change throughout our careers. My suggestion for the transition is that you forget about it. Instead, you focus on constantly stay up to date with the fundamentals of design (elements/principles) and they’ll be transferrable to any tool you’ll use.
  4. Manufacturing vs Development… Perfection vs Imperfection
    Manufacturing requires perfection, without perfection the product will not work as intended. In development, you face the problem that perfection never ships (get released to the public), it gets stuck in an endless loop of always being improved. Unfortunately, the only way to successfully ship a product is to ship the imperfect product (something I didn’t want to accept). The good news is, in UX you’ll get the opportunity to constantly work on improving the product based on user feedback. I don’t have a suggestion for this, it’s just something you’ll need to accept.

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The original write up by Jake Deakin published on Medium can be found here.

Top 5 Job Openings at YD Job Board for this week

As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. This week brings you openings at the leading Motorola Solutions, home appliance innovator Bosch and kitchen goods transformer -Tupperware along with other interesting opportunities!

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Industrial Designer at Motorola Solutions

At Motorola Solutions, we create technologies our customers refer to as their lifeline. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video, and services help our customers work safely and more efficiently. Whether it’s helping firefighters see through smoke, enabling police officers to see around street corners, or reliably keeping the lights on in homes and businesses around the world, our work supports those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Bring your passion, potential, and talents to Motorola Solutions, and help us usher in a new era in public safety and security. 28Labs is the Chief Technology Office and innovation engine for Motorola Solutions. We are user-focused and outcome-driven, identifying problems and creating solutions based on research and engagement with our customers. Considering our customers’ unique “jobs to be done” is a foundational principle of 28Labs. Based on their needs, we create solutions by applying our experience in user experience and design, advanced wireless communications and solutions, cloud & mobile application architecture, cybersecurity, user & human factors research, imaging, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Product Designer at Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation (“Tupperware”) is a global company with headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Tupperware is one of the world’s leading direct sellers, supplying premium food storage, preparation and serving items to consumers in over 75 countries. The Designer will be part of a multidisciplinary team that develops the new Tupperware products that are distributed in the whole world. This development team is composed of young (average 29) and enthusiastic designers, engineers, and marketers. Our European development center is specialized in the development of the “kitchen preparation” part of the Tupperware product portfolio. Thus, the successful candidate can be expected to develop all sorts of kitchen accessories such as utensils, knives, cookware, manual food processor and so on. The designer will work in close cooperation with the local markets and the operation team on innovative solutions, which meet real customer needs and Tupperware’s high-quality standards.

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Industrial Designer Intern at Bosch Home Appliances

BSH Home Appliances Corporation Operating in the United States under the brands, Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau, BSH Home Appliances Corporation is highly regarded as a market leader for innovation in home appliance technology. As an international group with over 12.2 billion in annual sales, we continually strive to engage our dedicated customers around the world through intelligent engineering, streamlined design and distinct ease of use. As the Industrial Design Intern, you will work closely with other designers on an array of real-world projects across all major categories and brands. You will be immersed in our creative process, with responsibilities including assisting the design team on current projects, performing competitor and trend studies, brainstorming future home appliance concepts, creating 2D sketches, 3D CAD, and renderings of products, building physical mock-ups and prototypes and presenting ideas to Marketing, Brand, and Engineering teams.

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Packaging Design Intern at Henkel

Henkel is the name behind well-known consumer and industrial brands including Schwarzkopf hair care, Dial soaps, Right Guard antiperspirants, professional hair care brand Sexy Hair, Persil, Purex, and all laundry detergents, Snuggle fabric softeners as well as Loctite, Technomelt and Bonderite adhesives. Our local business success is directly attributable to over 9,000 employees located in 70 facilities across the U.S. and Canada. We employ passionate, enthusiastic and innovative people and offer them an empowering, challenging work environment to make the best use of their talents and ambition. We want to be the best in everything we do. Our corporate culture is characterized by entrepreneurial thinking and continuous readiness for change. Innovations create real value for our customers. A commitment to sustainability has always been an important factor of our success. Workplace variety, which also becomes evident in the preferences, knowledge, and skills of our employees, is an important value and competitive advantage. That is why we support our employees in their individual development.

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Senior Industrial Designer at Hunter Fans

At Hunter, we’ve set the standard in quality and craftsmanship for more than 130 years. Sure, we invented the ceiling fan — but every day, we find new ways to perfect it. Innovation isn’t just a buzzword around here, it’s our challenge and our passion. We’re able to stay at the forefront of the industry, incorporating the very latest trends and technologies into our fans, then rigorously testing them beyond established standards to ensure a lifetime of whisper-quiet performance. The Senior Industrial Designer must be highly organized and self-motivated. Must be able to handle multiple ceiling fans and ceiling fan accessory designs, as well as, assist the Industrial Design Manager in the supervision of Junior Industrial Designers.

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YD JOB ALERT: Grab an Industrial Design Internship at Google’s Hardware team

Google Pixel, Google Home, Pixel Buds, Chromebook, Pixel Slate, Daydream VR, Nest, Waymo… these are just a few of the tangible products that come from the Alphabet company, Google’s parent. A lot of them tie in Google’s services, and make use of skilled industrial designers who capture the company’s fun-yet-superior avatar and signature usability and bring them to the product domain. Google’s Pixel is remarkable to look at, the Google Home device’s fabric clad makes it a wonderful piece of decor, and Google’s Chromebooks are increasingly becoming popular in schools. Google’s hardware beautifully complements its software and results in a product that holistically looks at the tangible and intangible to create an experience that’s unique, and innately Google. The company is looking for an Industrial Design Intern to join their Hardware division in Mountain View, California.


Designers at Google contribute creatively to multiple programs at times, while working with other designers and outside collaborators. You are able to present different points of view through visual and verbal skills. In addition to collaborating on design, you have the ability to meet the schedule and company goals and support other design teams, as needed.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our Hardware team researches, designs, and develops new technologies and hardware to make our user’s interaction with computing faster, more powerful, and seamless. Whether finding new ways to capture and sense the world around us, advancing form factors, or improving interaction methods, our Hardware team is making people’s lives better through technology.


Minimum Qualifications
• Currently pursuing a BA/BS in Industrial Design or a related technical field.
• Available to work full-time for the duration of the internship (3 or 6 months).
• Experience with 3D CAD (Alias, Catia, NX, Rhino, Solidworks and/or pro-engineer), concept generation and rendering.
• Original portfolio of work (to be included with your resume, either linked or as a separate attachment).

Preferred Qualifications
• Currently pursuing an MS degree in Industrial Design or a related technical field.
• Available to start on May 28, June 17, or July 8, 2019 and returning to a degree program after the internship ends.
• Experience with one or more of the following: animation, color/material/finish design, model making and/or prototyping; 2D experience via sketching, Illustrator, Photoshop.
• Understanding of global trends, technology and fashion.
• Strong communication/visualization and storytelling skills and techniques.
• Authorization to work in the United States.


• Express ideas and concepts through strong visual/verbal communication skills.
• Communicate and present through sketches, prototypes or models, and 2D/3D renderings, with strong attention to detail.
• Contribute to ideation as well as proper implementation of ideas.
• Support multiple projects at very different levels of involvement.


Mountain View (California), USA.


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