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CMF stands for color, material, and finishing. CMF Designers, then, work in an area of industrial design that focuses on incorporating these three into consumer products or architectural projects. CMF Designers handle products ranging from cars to carpets to cell phones. With their creative edge, CMF Designers help manufacturers produce consumer goods that stand out from the competition. For example, they make a vacuum not just practical but pretty.
In this position, you may work with a diverse array of clients, especially if you’re employed by a consulting firm that hires out CMF Designers. However, you can also work full-time on the staff of one company.
To gain inspiration and keep abreast of trends, you attend trade shows, browse through showrooms, and read industry publications or design and fashion magazines. The fabric of a garment you see in a fashion editorial may give you an idea for the upholstery of a vehicle.
One of your responsibilities is to manage a “materials library,” where samples of apparel, consumer packaging, textiles, and other items are cataloged for reference or use. It is important that you have extensive knowledge of the colors (iridescent, opaque), materials (leather, metals, fabrics), and finishes (lacquer, paint, powder coating) that are used in the industry; the processes (extrusion, die casting) involved; and the costs.
CMF designing requires that you roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, experiment, and bring out your creativity. Your work may not hang in museums, but you get to watch the fruits of your labor roll off the production line and fly off store shelves.