What we do and how we're different
Georgia Tech is one of the nation’s top destinations for students interested in technological innovation—that is also what makes our Industrial Design programs right for students interested in the creative potential of design. In the School of Industrial Design, we push the boundaries of design beyond the typical into the innovative.
While Industrial designers typically design the objects that people use every day: telephones, toothbrushes, chairs, and cars, the technology age offers more possibilities and opportunities. Recently, industrial designers have become trend-setters in wearable electronics, smart products, appliances and medical equipment, sustainable systems, and universal and assistive products and technology.
The world's needed objects, environments and futures not yet imagined or made, will be formulated by the next generation of Industrial Designers. They will be the ones assessing technical feasibility, evaluating commercial viability, and bringing these things into being. Industrial Designers see things others don’t, they ask questions, solve problems, make stuff, envision new uses; they transform problems into opportunities and initiate change.
Flexibility with focus
To align our curriculum with cutting-edge directions in the Industrial Design profession, we have identified three tracks from which students select studios and/or professors to explore one or more of the following concentrations:
Product Development and Innovation
This track applies advanced design and manufacturing methods combining rapid prototyping, laser cutting, parametric modeling, 3D scanning, and CNC machining to develop innovative new concepts for a broad range of traditional product design applications. Projects students work on include furniture design, tools, appliances and other user-friendly products.
Health and Well-Being
This track focuses on a pro-active approach to the application of design research, universal design and iterative design methods to develop new innovations in medical and health-related products and/or address the shortfalls of our current healthcare system. Students working in this track have tackled healthcare design problems such as ER equipment redesign for efficiency, assistive technology and disability solutions, medical dispensing systems, and new products to support healthy lifestyles.
Interactive Product Design
This track leverages advances in microelectronics and sensor-based technologies to explore opportunities to design and develop state-of-the-art applications of ‘smart’ products, systems and services ranging from portable wireless handheld devices to the latest in wearable technologies linked to the ‘internet of things’. Using our interactive product design lab resources, students focus on smart technologies and collaborate with engineers and computer scientists on wearable technologies, and interactive games.