Engineers as designers

aerial view of three people at a desk looking at a set of construction drawingsIt seems engineers might have a reputation for going their own way on projects. Dame Julia King has some comments for engineers about design. “All engineers should be taught elements of design, marketing and psychology as part of their course,” she says, “as it is absolutely critical that they can communicate with other specialists and work with them in teams.” In an opinion piece by Faith Archer, King explains that the engineering discipline rarely uses words like imagination and creativity. She goes on to say that companies should combine engeering with user-centred design to drive success. Apparently engineers don’t get to interact with the users of designs. King cites Apple and Dyson where some of the best outcomes have come from people who have come from a design background and developed a passion for engineering. You can read more about King’s thoughts.