So far, my design career has been somewhat unorthodox. My last internship was with Forest City Enterprises; as part of their HR department, I helped create materials to encourage FC associates to use the online learning courses FC had purchased. I interacted with human resources on a daily basis- not other designers. Now, at my third internship, I work with MAGNET and Process Technology, using design to directly support an Ohio manufacturer sell high-quality manufacturing equipment to international markets. Not your typical flyers-brochures-business cards gig.
Process Technology is in Mentor, OH, while MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network; the non-profit who assisted Process Tech in finding an intern from Cleveland State) has offices and a machine shop on the northwest corner of CSU. Being a lot more convenient for me, it was agreed that I could work at the MAGNET offices, where again, I do NOT work alongside other designers. At MAGNET, I work among engineers, a highly creative and practical group that I see constantly producing results. I have a lot of respect for engineers, and I’m really enjoying the work environment.
This rather long-winded introduction is really just to share 10 principles as detailed by the German industrial designer Dieter Rams. I found them at MAGNET, pinned to someone’s wall. They must’ve thought these principles were worth being reminded of, and after reading them, I think so too. Check them out here.