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A survey of important skills and traits applicable to Industrial Designers by: Michael Roller

'Hard skills matter, but personality traits are important too, since many designers work in teams where these traits can have an impact on it’s success.'

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The Ideal (Junior) Industrial Designer:

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Hear, hear, Matthew! When I was teaching design I liked to emphasise the soft skill of engagement. (I guess this would come under Personality here though I often framed it as part of presentation skills) I've seen many great designers do badly in not being able to communicate & engage clients over their amazing idea – and many mediocre designers do well through being convincing. So I was always keen to encourage students to hone their skills around engaging others in their designs.