What is Industrial Design?
"Industrial design... is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer." - from IDSA's website
That means that I learned how to come up with a concept and refine it to make it work and be visually appealing. On the more technical side, I studied materials and manufacturing processes. I also took art classes to be able to convey my ideas. I studied forms and what made them attractive or ergonomic. Everything necessary to make a concept into a final product.
How does that apply to Graphic Design?
I learned how break down any design problem into achievable portions and work steadily towards a solution – and then sell that solution. I learned about
Concept sketching, marketing, teamwork, user studies - these are all skills that I learned that will help me wherever I go in the future.