Industrial Design: Success

MIAD graduates are individuals whose lifelong passions have become lifelong careers. Many MIAD alumni have pursued directly related to their academic program, while others have taken their culmination of skills in many areas and them to interdisciplinary projects and professional opportunities. For many of our graduates, their degree has led them to places they never expected, and they have redefined the role of artist or designer to contemporary society.

Explore this small sampling of the many paths our graduates have followed.


Common Industrial Design Job Titles:

  • Industrial Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Display Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Model Maker

Types of Industrial Design Projects and Work:

  • Appliances
  • Clothing accessories
  • Computer equipment
  • Electronics
  • Entertainment products
  • Furniture
  • Housewares
  • Lighting
  • Medical products
  • Models
  • Office products
  • Scientific products
  • Sports products
  • Tools
  • Toys
  • Vehicles

Types of Businesses Hiring:

  • Display/exhibit design firms
  • Furniture
  • Manufacturers:
  • consumer products
  • medical and scientific
  • office products
  • transportation
  • Model making
  • Product (industrial) design firm

MIAD industrial design graduates have worked for the following companies:

Allsteel Inc.; Muscatine, Iowa
manufacturer, contract furniture

Bit 7
industrial design firm

Brooks Stevens Design Associates, Inc.
industrial design firm

Buell Motorcycles
sport motorcycle design

Daewoo Electronics Corporation; South Korea
manufacturer, consumer electronics

DCI Marketing
display, point-of-purchase design; marketing

Derse Exhibits
exhibit design

Discovery World Museum

Fiskars Manufacturer
office products

Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.
point of purchase, display design

GE Medical Systems
manufacturer, medical equipment

General Motors Design Center; Detroit
manufacturer; automobiles

GM Powertrain Europe; Germany
manufacturer; automobiles

Harley-Davidson Motor Company
manufacturer; motorcycles

Huffy Sports
manufacturer, sporting goods

Johnson Health Tech. NA.
marketing, engineering, industrial design

KI - Krueger International
manufacturer contract furniture

Kohler Company
manufacturer, durable plumbing

Koss Corporation
manufacturer, stereo headphones

LEGO Company; Denmark
manufacturer, toys

Master Lock Company
manufacturer; locks & security products

Maytag Appliances; Newton, Iowa
appliance company

Milsco Manufacturing Company
manufacturer; motorcycle components

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
manufacturer; electric tools

Motorola; Chicago
manufacturer; communication electronics

Patch Products, Inc.
toy development, design

Porsche; Germany
manufacturer, sports car

Renquist Associates, Inc.
industrial, graphic design firm

Rockwell Automation
industrial electronic automation products

S C Johnson & Son Inc.
commercial and home cleaning products

Sram Corporation; Chicago
manufacturer; bicycle specialty

Target Corporation; Minneapolis
corporation; retail

Trek Bicycle Corporation
manufacturer, bicycles

Veterans Administration
government; veterans assistance

Whirlpool Corporation; Benton Harbor, Michigan
manufacturer; appliances

Ziba Design; Portland, Oregon
product design & development firm

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