How often as a consumer have you wished you could tell a company what products it should make? Imagine if Apple, Crumpler or Nike said “Here’s a bunch of products, you can now have a say in which ones we actually produce”. Or maybe you are a frustrated young designer, who has a great concept, no money and is unable to find a manufacturer willing to take a risk on your product.
You’ve been working your way through your Industrial Design Degree and you have just landed your first paid freelance industrial design gig. Its probably not cutting edge innovation or design – its more likely that its along the lines of a bit of drafting, designing rip offs of the latest air freshener or some sort of simple mechanism. Whatever the case, you’re ecstatic. You can certainly do the technical side of the work, however you are suddenly faced with a new set of problems. How much do you charge, how do you act professionally and make sure it all turns out well in the end?