Understanding a problem and distilling the many possible directions into viable solutions is key to actually helping people. Many tools are needed to achieve that solution and industrial design is a way to use every tool to solve a problem.
I have always excelled in the areas of physical and 3D modeling as I feel getting a prototype in the hands of potential users to see what it’s able to do and what it’s like to use can reveal the most about the user experience. I appreciate an iterative prototyping process as I can go in and out the shop, back and forth to the computer and pencil until the best design evolves.
3D modeling always helps a design evolve and quickly became one of my favorite tools for design. Primarily I use Solidworks and Rhino for modeling and while these tools refine form, they still require proper consideration of physical properties of the material and manufacturing methods being used.
Rendering a concept can employ skills from multiple media avenues, 3D modeling, ray tracing software, video editing, photography, and of course Photoshop may all be used in a typical rendering to create a photo realistic view.