Thanksgiving Dinner Table Discussion Topics for Industrial Designers, Part 2: If Other Industrial Designers are Present

It’s rare, but possible, that you’re spending this Thanksgiving with a bunch of other industrial designers, rather than non-design-savvy family members who don’t really get what you do. If that’s the case, then you have a rare opportunity to have long, drawn-out discussions about design with your peers in a non-office setting. The addition of alcohol can make the discussion more lively.

Here are some topics to get you started:

1. If Dieter Rams were to “sell out,” which organization or product should he do a cross-licensing deal with:

A. The L.A. Rams

B. The All-New 2019 Dodge Ram

C. Mola Ram, antagonist of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” for the 35th Anniversary DVD set

D. Battering Rams: A new set of pancake and crepe-making tools to be produced by Braun

E. Dieter RAM: A series of flash drives with modernist designs

2. Fact: Most experts agree that Industrial Design is the best of all design professions. Rank these other fields in order from second-best to worst.

– Architecture

– Fashion Design

– Graphic Design

– Interior Decoration

– Interior Design

– Mechanical Engineering

– Sewage Sluice Gate Maintenance Technician

– Living life as a rabbit

3. What was Apple’s best product?

– The original iMac

– The original iPod

– The original iPhone

– The original iPad

– That cube-shaped computer

– The titanium PowerBook

– The Macbook Air

– The Mac Pro

“All of Apple’s products are awesome–no YOU shut up. I will kill you”

4. What was Apple’s worst product?

– The original iMac

– The original iPod

– The original iPhone

– The original iPad

– That cube-shaped computer

– The titanium PowerBook

– The Macbook Air

– The Mac Pro

– “All of Apple’s products suck–no YOU shut up. I will kill you”

Random Short Topics

– Stuffing: A payload system for gravy

– Which Thanksgiving foods have the best and worst UX?

– Shop applications for electric carving knives

– If redesigning a turkey from scratch, where would you start?

– What series or line of products could be named after root vegetables and still gain consumer acceptance?

– In an end-of-the-world zombie-type scenario, which common studio tools would make the best survival weapons?

Bonus Minefield Question:

“Women are underrepresented in Industrial Design because ___________. The best way to reverse this would be _____________.”


Source: core77

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