The Top 30 Industrial Design Firms & Company List

Industrial Design Firms and Company List

In every industry, there are the big players who’ve made a recognizable name for themselves. These tend to be multi-national design firms in the design industry, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes smaller, family-run businesses can offer clients more flexibility and niche expertise.

This list of industrial design companies includes our leading competitors, and we encourage clients to compare their estimates with our project quotes. Clients usually find that our community of 60,000 engineers and CAD services pros has equivalent industry expertise at a fraction of the total cost.

Here are the top 30 international design firms worldwide (in no particular order).

Cad Crowd logo1. Cad Crowd
Cad Crowd is a marketplace for CAD drafting services, 3D modeling, contract manufacturing, and 3D rendering. We help clients connect with freelance product development and design services. We allow you to leverage freelance talent on a part-time or full-time basis.

parafina industrial design2. Pininfarina
Founded in 1930, Pininfarina is one of the world’s leading design firms for the automotive industry. Headquartered in Turin, Italy, Pininfarina specializes in luxury and grand luxury vehicles with a focus on modernization and aerodynamics. The company has been in a partnership with Alfa Romeo for nearly 70 years.

Shh london design3. SHH
SHH is an architecture and interior design firm based out of London. The multi-award-winning company was founded in 1991. With projects in both the hospitality and residential sectors, SHH works on the premise that spaces should be elegant, comfortable, functional, and fun. While design is the focus of their work, completing projects on time and within budget are the foundations the company stands on.

Ideo industrial design4. IDEO
IDEO is a California-based design firm. Global business leaders have ranked it as one of the “most innovative companies” in the world. IDEO is a versatile design firm with a hand in aspects all over the tech industry. IDEO’s process has been featured on primetime television and is still used in schools to educate students on design-centered thinking.

Anonymous Content Design5. Anonymous Content
Another California-based firm, Anonymous Content, specializes in broadcast design in the entertainment industry. Specializing in production and management, the work of Anonymous Content has been seen in feature films, television, commercials, music videos, and brand-integrated content since its beginning in 1999. The firm works closely with directors, writers, actors, and comedians.

RKS Industrial Design6. RKS
RKS focuses on designing innovative solutions for client problems. The focus of its design solutions is on relevance to the market, building client brands, and creating an emotional connection with customers. Resident to California, it works with companies of all sizes, from small startups to the largest multinationals. Some examples of their design partnerships include tablets, pocket game consoles, and dental whitening systems.

Karten Product Design7. Karten Design
Karten design refers to itself as a full-service product design firm. It offers to consult for innovation, strategy, and implementation, backed by a team of designers, researchers, strategists, and engineers. The end goal of any product is consumer satisfaction, and this team guarantees an extraordinary experience between the product and the user. The award-winning firm prides itself on personable service, always. Its headquarters is found in California.

HermanMiller Design8. Herman Miller
After nearly 110 years in business, Herman Miller is one of the design firms with the greatest longevity. Initially founded by Miller’s son-in-law, the company remains based out of its original Michigan home. With a focus on furniture design, the firm has become a staple in the interior furnishing world. It has been associated with “modern” pieces for over a century and continues to shape the face of contemporary interior design.

DesignWorks Industrial Design9. Designworks
Another California native, Designworks, is a BMW Group Company that has offices all over the world. Designworks keeps things future-focused in its creative consulting, creating solutions for today’s problems with innovation 10 to 15 years down the road. This firm works across industries, with customers like Coca-Cola, John Deere, HP, Microsoft, Siemens, and Singapore Airlines.

Pentagram Industrial Design10. Pentagram
According to this company’s website, Pentagram is the world’s largest independently owned design firm. Despite this, clients interact directly with Pentagram’s owners, who run the lead on creating the perfect design solutions for them. It works with graphics, identity, architecture, interiors, products, packaging, exhibitions, installations, websites, digital experiences, advertising, and communications.

Ammunition Group Industrial Design11. Ammunition Group
One of the youngest firms on this list, Ammunition has grown exponentially since opening in 2007. It offers product design, brand strategy and identity, interaction design, graphic design, and packaging design from the firm’s California headquarters. Ammunition has participated in some of the most innovative design projects this decade, from Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to temperature control mugs and a smart oven.

Alessi Industrial Design12. Alessi
What began in 1921 as a workshop for manufacturing brass and nickel-silver sheet metal has grown into one of Italy’s leading factories for design. Alessi’s newest focus is on mass production while maintaining the cultural, aesthetic, and functional design quality It is so well known for.

Frog Design Industrial Design13. Frog Design
“Form follows emotion” has been frog’s motto since it began offering its design and strategy services in 1969. The company’s founder, Hartmut Esslinger, saw the need for an emotional response to the function-focused products being created at the time. The company continues to fill this need in its design and brand strategy sectors.

Seymourpowell Product Design14. Seymourpowell
The founding of Seymourpowell was a meeting of the minds when Richard Seymour and Dick Powell joined forces in 1984. Since then, the firm has participated in some of the most significant technological innovations of the modern age. Seymourpowell has had a hand in design creations, including the first pocketable mobile phone, the cordless kettle, and the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell motorcycle.

Planet Propaganda Design15. Planet Propaganda
Planet Propaganda is a design, advertising, and brand strategy firm located in Wisconsin, United States. With a team of designers, writers, planners, marketers, and creators, the company works on a “simplify, then amplify” model of passion-based brand building. With clients ranging from Duluth Trading Co. to Pancheros Mexican Grill, Planet Propaganda works across industries and media.

Lord Aeck Sargent Industrial Design16. Lord Aeck Sargent
Boasting over 3,000 completed projects, Lord Aeck Sargent is an award-winning architecture and design firm headquartered out of Atlanta, Georgia. The company has a wide range of experience, having worked on museums, arts centers, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, government buildings, laboratories, corporate headquarters, education and conference facilities, and downtown and neighborhood plans.

Troika Design Group Industrial Design17. Troika Design Group
Hollywood is its home, and Hollywood is its business. Troika, now known as Troika/Mission Group after a recent merger with Mission Media, is a design firm focusing on network branding, promotional and advertising campaigns, and show packaging. Its business strategy is was it calls “fan-centric,” helping companies turn audiences into loyal fans.

Zaha Hadid Architects Design Firm18. Zaha Hadid Architects
An architectural design firm founded by Zaha Hadid herself, Zaha Hadid Architects is based out of London. The firm takes on projects of any scale and will work in the cultural, corporate, residential, and “other” spheres, tackling virtually any project it sees as worthwhile.

Studio O+A Design Firm19. Studio O+A
This design firm took advantage of the dot-com boom in the 90s with the mission to bring sophisticated interior design to the influx of start-ups in Silicon Valley. Since then, Studio O+A has expanded its business to serve major corporations, including eBay, Levi Strauss, and Williams Sonoma. It aims to help companies tell their stories through the design of their workspace.

Leo Daly Industrial Design Firm20. Leo A Daly
For more than 100 years, Leo A Daly has built its reputation as an internationally recognized architecture, planning, engineering, interior design, and program management firm. It has completed projects in 91 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S. With over 1,000 employees and more than 30 offices worldwide, Leo A Daly is one of the largest design firms on our list.

Smart Design Industrial Design Firm21. Smart Design
A New York-based design firm, Smart Design helps companies craft human-focused products and services with the intent of helping people live better and work smarter. Since launching in 1980, the company has expanded to an office in London to help better serve its international clientele, including Ford, Gatorade, HP, HSBC Private Bank, New York Taxi & Limousine Commission, and PepsiCo.

PDD Industrial Design Firm22. PDD | Product Design
Also born in the 80s, PDD helps its clients design products and services with innovation. First established in London, the company also has headquarters in Hong Kong and Shanghai and serves customers on six continents in the medical, healthcare, consumer, industrial, and commercial sectors. It ensures client solutions are feasible, appealing to customers, and viable for the client.

Sagmeister & Walsh Design Firm23. Sagmeister & Walsh
Based out of New York City, Sagmeister & Walsh specializes in creating brand identities, campaigns, social strategies, content creation, commercials, websites, apps, books, and environments. Check them out.

Hornet Inc Design Firm24. Hornet Inc.
Founded in the new millennium, Hornet is a production studio focusing on storytelling through filmmaking. It works with companies such as Mcdonald’s, the New York Times, Lush Cosmetics, Amazon, and Lyft, and has worked on campaigns including Got Milk? and The Great British Bake Off. Backed by a team of directors, producers, and artists, Hornet works with 2D and 3D animation, live-action, and stop-motion filmmaking.

HLW Design Firm25. HLW International
This New York architecture and design firm wants to build the future and has been doing so for the last 100 years. HLW treats each project with a new approach, believing that no two spaces are the same, nor should they be designed with the same philosophy.

QNY Creative Design Firm26. QNY Creative
QNY Creative makes its clients’ brands stand out on the shelves. Marketed as a creative agency, this multi-award-winning design firm works on brand and packaging development for luxury, retail, and lifestyle brands. Clients include National Geographic, BeautyBio, Ferrari, Alouette, City Kitchen, and Refinery Hotel Branding.

Ted Leonhardt Designer27. Ted Leonhardt
Ted Leonhardt is both a branding agency and an individual design consultant. While he continues working one-on-one with companies and individuals, his team is also there to support him in completing more prominent projects. Some of his largest clients include Nissan, Coke, and Microsoft. He works to help creative individuals and companies achieve their own vision of success.

Dentsu Design Firm28. Dentsu Inc.
Ruling from Japan for well over 100 years, Dentsu is the most extensive media agency in the world and has received the most awards for its work than any other. It creates digital and offline solutions under the philosophy that innovation is made of entrepreneurship, ideas, and technology.

Woods Bagot Design Firm29. Woods Bagot
Woods Bagot provides international and local architecture solutions from its home in Australia. It’s responsible for designing spaces in the commercial workplace, hospitality, mixed-use, education, and science sectors. The company’s people-centered philosophy drives its work, aiming to create spaces based on the way people actually use them.

First Avenue Machine Design Firm30. 1stAveMachine
With offices in New York and Los Angeles, 1stAveMachine spans the entertainment industry like it spans the U.S. One of the newest companies on this list, 1stAveMachine has already made a name for itself by working with some of the biggest companies in broadcast, music video, feature film, and advertising.

Trollback Company Logo31. Trollbäck+Company
When Jakob Trollbäck founded Trollbäck+Company in 1999, he was already known for his design chops. The branding and design studio helps its clients create strategy, design, content, and experiences that are here for the long haul, not just for right now. Its end results are simple, sustainable, and functional.

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