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Product Designers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Product Designers originate and develop ideas to design, create, modify and arrange the form of products, layouts and containers for the products based on factors such as design-function relationship, knowledge of design, art concepts, market and pricing characteristics, client specifications, method and cost of production to achieve aesthetically pleasing and functional effect for the products. Their duties include determining the objectives, requirements and constraints of the design; preparing sketches of the design and evaluating feasibility of design ideas; coordinating staff in the drafting of working drawings and the fabrication of samples for finished products; recommending appropriate materials and production methods; overseeing the final production of their designs.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Art sense and creativity

Product Designers must be able to sketch their initial design ideas and create prototypes.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a higher diploma or a bachelor's degree in product design, or related field

Professional qualification

  • holding full membership of the Hong Kong Designers Association is preferable


  • usually 3 to 5 years of design experience is required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$35,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Product Designers work primarily in offices, may travel to testing facilities, design centres, or factories where the product is manufactured. They may need to adjust their workdays to meet with clients in the evenings or at weekends.


  • Computers with visual aided and drawing software
  • Digital cameras

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