For 2013 we rolled out a new section, one that's quickly become a reader favorite: True I.D. Stories, where industrial designers in our readership stepped forward (albeit anonymously) to tell their tales. What can go wrong for an industrial designer? The short answer is, lots.
First, "Newbie Designer" sounded off with "Off the Grid," the tale of his first ID business trip. The newly-minted exhibit designer was flown across the country to oversee a store installation, and the trouble started nearly as soon as he got to the store.
Then we got into epic tale territory, as "Good Ol' Boy" took us through his multi-part adventure of going from useless, unskilled design grad to getting his dream ID job. It was by no means a straight line—this tale has more crazy twists and turns than a spy novel!
Lastly, and by no means leastly, "Family Man" gave us an epic story to rival "Good Ol' Boy's." It starts off with him landing a supposed dream job designing Batcopters for Liberace, but the cross-country move—and his new employer—has a rather unexpected, and unwelcome surprise in store for him.
Folks, these stories don't come out of thin air--we need you industrial designers, ID students, or even design interns to step up and provide them to us! We'll anonymize you and all clients involved, as you can see we've done in every one of the 16 installments we've aired so far. (You didn't really think there was a Liberace Batcopters, Inc., did you?) So please drop us a line with your True I.D. Story and help us keep the section going.