Design Focused on Technology

Design Focused on Technology

Industrial design at Georgia Tech aims to fortify the designer’s role in humanizing connections between people and technology. Through purposeful integration of aesthetic, functional, utilitarian, economic, sustainable, social, and cognitive considerations, our curriculum prepares the new design generation with the tools to develop thoughtful solutions to the challenges of the 21st Century. 

As part of a top-ranked research institute, our programs offer an evidence-based approach to design and valuable experiential learning opportunities. Through eleven research labs, fabrication and prototyping shops, design studios, and multidisciplinary collaborations, students gain exposure to practical skills valuable to many industries.

Jenn Voelker and Julia Vorpahl are standing next to a red car designed by Karma Automotive.

Alumnae Forge Careers in Automobile Design

Paving Their Own Way in Automotive Industry

Women make up just 24% of the automotive industry, but Georgia Tech Industrial Design graduates Jenn Voelker (BSID 2006) and Julia Vorpahl (BSID 2018) haven’t let statistics stop them.

Both graduates paved successful careers in automotive design, and work at Karma Automotive, a luxury electric vehicle manufacturer based in California.

Industrial Design Student Wins People’s Choice Award at 2023 InVenture Prize Competition

Julia Piña's Novela Lamp won the People's Choice Award and $5,000 after a public vote during the Inventure Prize on Wednesday night, which aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Her lamp is an interactive shadow puppet lamp that allows children to tell stories using puppets and scenes. It promotes imaginative play and fosters communication skill development through creative expression. Piña's venture has already engaged the attention of toy retailers.

Piña hopes to bring the Novela Lamp to homes worldwide, providing a fun and unplugged activity for parents to spend quality time with their children while encouraging creativity and imagination in the next generation of inventors, storytellers, and designers.

Academic Programs & Student Engagement

FASET students tour Georgia Tech and the College of Design.


Our programs emphasize evidence-based design and humanize innovative technologies to solve global problems.
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From Experience Designers and Interaction Designers to UX/UI Strategists, our graduates excel as leaders in design.
A toy ball that glows. A project showing interactive lights.

Student Work

Our students specialize in design research. It's the difference that lets them innovate across "new economy" industries.
A student enjoys the Annual Pumpkin Ramble.

Student Life

We are unique on Georgia Tech's campus and so are our students. They stand out in a crowd of engineers and make an impact!
Compilation of winning MID student projects

MID Students Earn European Product Design Award Recognition

We would like to congratulate some of our Master of Industrial Design students for their winning entries into the 2022 European Product Design Award Competition.

A special thanks to Dr. Leila Aflatoony and Professor Wendell Wilson for guiding their students to develop these excellent winning entries.

Student Recognition

Image of Yanko Design webpage recognizing Lissette Romero

Yanko Design Recognizes MID Student

Lissette Romero

Image of Ethan's project Cura

2022 Humanitarian Design Award First Place

Ethan Harrington

Image of Trinity lamp

2021 LIT Lighting Design Awards Winner

Jay Burnett

Sophia Prater, School Alumn, and 40 under 40 class of 2022

Sophia Prater, BSID 2006 Alumn

40 Under 40 Class of 2022

Congratulations to industrial design class of 2006 graduate, Sophia Prater. Sophia is the founder and lead UX designer at Rewired and the chief evangelist of Object-Oriented UX. She is the host of the OOUX Happy Hour meetup and the OOUX Podcast.

She brought the complexity-untangling magic of OOUX to companies such as Facebook, Google, Mastercard, Macy’s, Hubspot, Intercom, Delta Airlines, Adobe, Microsoft, CNN, and many more.

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Take a Virtual Tour

Ready to experience what it's like to be an industrial design student at Georgia Tech? Whether you want the large-scale feel of a virtual campus visit or the close connection of a one-on-one meeting, we're committed to providing an experience that's customized just for you.

Have a VR headset or Google Cardboard? You can use these devices to take the tour on your mobile device.

News and Events

Group of professors at a cord-cutting celebration inaugurating the new Craft Lab.

Furthering ID Crafting Skills Through Craft Lab

Georgia Tech's newest maker space is a one-of-a-kind space for creators to combine technology and making.
EunSook Kwon’s appointment as chair of the School of Industrial Design

EunSook Kwon Appointed Chair

The College of Design is proud to announce EunSook Kwon’s appointment as chair of the School of Industrial Design.
Molecule Forest, by Mika Munch, Chris Chen, and Kelsie Belan, is an interactive, immersive environment where kids can create molecule structures larger than life.

Designing for a Child's Curiosity

ID students team up with the Children’s Museum of Atlanta to bring about ideas for six exhibits.
Lisa Marks shows off different phases of the Algorithmic Lace project.

Saving Hand Crafts Through Algorithms

With a better tomorrow in mind, Lisa Marks’ design gives women an optimistic start in their new beginning.

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