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Ch.48 Unwrapping CMF design on why is CMF recruiting so difficult?
Ch.48 拆招CMF設計談為什麼招聘CMF這麼難?

CMF is a specific discipline within industrial design that focuses on the development of a product’s color, material, and finish. Unwrap CMF shares bite-sized stories of CMF Design to inform and inspire those interested in this niche yet fascinating field, with digestible contents for anyone and everyone. Comments and inspirations are welcome!

While it can be difficult to land a career specifically in CMF Design, recruiting and finding the perfect CMF candidate can be equally challenging. (中文請見下方)

Why is that?

CMF is a specialized field with a limited talent pool, yet its scope of responsibilities range widely. From trend forecasting, color strategy, material innovations, and manufacturing processes to execution for mass production, these roles are not enough to cover the entire spectrum of CMF Design!

Each company may have unique needs for their CMF team. If a recruiter is not well-informed of these specific needs or the varied responsibilities within CMF Design, it can easily become a lengthy process of wandering around unsuitable candidates.

The scope of CMF roles vary widely, requiring familiarity with each unique responsibility to find the right talent.
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Most CMF roles require designers capable of leading a project’s CMF and specifying colors and materials for each product.
Sometimes, CMF Designers may need to collaborate with Event and Retail, requiring presentable aesthetics and marketing strategy skills.

Most CMF roles require designers capable of leading projects and specifying colors and materials for products. Sometimes, CMF Designers may need to collaborate with Event Planning and Retail teams, requiring strong skills in presentable aesthetics and marketing strategy. And other roles may require experts in manufacturing processes who can go onsite to trouble-shoot production issues.

Material-focused CMF roles may demand expertise in specific materials or broad cross-material knowledge. With the growing emphasis on sustainability, more CMF roles now seek experts in sustainable practices.

For recruiters and hiring managers, there are only so many CMF Designers out there, let’s get prepared for a smoother process in finding the right talent. If this is your first time hiring CMF Designers, here are some questions to consider. 
➡️ I also have a talent matching guide that can help navigate your search. Email to get the PDF!

▹ Within all the CMF skill set that you dream this person to have, what is the top priority?

▹ Putting long-term vision aside, what are your most urgent CMF challenges to resolve?

▹ Is this the first CMF Designer in the company? Is there anyone to mentor this person on CMF roles and responsibility?

▹ Is there a standard procedure for CMF at the company, or requiring someone to set the grounding work?

▹ Visa requirements? Language requirements? Relocation sponsorship? Don’t forget these hard requirements beyond experience and skill sets!

Lastly, designers, remember that rejections are often due to a company’s specific needs for the role, and doesn’t mean we are no better than the other candidates. Don’t take it personally if you’re not accepted for a CMF position. There will be one that is suitable for you! ✨
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CMF為Color Material and Finishing,屬於工業設計旗下專注於產品色彩、材質、及表面處理工藝的關鍵一環。Unwrap CMF彩材拆拆圍繞著這個主題,以淺而易懂的小故事拆解CMF設計的日常。歡迎留言分享!




Some CMF roles require experts specialized in manufacturing processes who can go onsite to resolve production issues.


Some CMF roles may need expertise in one specific material and process, while others may require cross-material knowledge.
With the growing emphasis on sustainability, more CMF roles now seek expertise in sustainable practices.


➡️ 還有PDF版本的CMF招聘指南,歡迎招聘及用人主管Email來信索取!

▹ 大家都希望設計師五項全能,但以現實層面來說,您對這位人才預期的首要CMF技能是什麼?

▹ 先暫時撇開長遠規劃不談,目前團隊最急需解決的CMF挑戰是什麼?

▹ 這是團隊的第一位CMF設計師嗎?是否有CMF前輩能帶領這個人?

▹ 公司是否已有現成的CMF標準流程和規範?還是需要這位設計師來架構?

▹ 簽證?語言?是否提供跨國或跨城市的搬遷補助?除了年資和技能等能力背景,也千萬別忘了這些同樣重要的硬性要求!

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Enjoy learning? Use the CMF terminologies mentioned above and continue on with your own research journey on the web. Comments and inspirations are welcome!
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Problem-solving ??? ?????. Former head of CMF at Motorola. A New York-based and world-traveling Design Consultant with over 13 years of specialty in CMF Design. 高雄囡仔,前摩托羅拉CMF設計團隊負責人,目前定居於紐約並遊牧世界,任自由撰稿人兼CMF設計顧問,持續投入在CMF設計的科普推廣,並為WGSN及羅技等公司提供CMF專案支持或諮詢服務。

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