The MADE Approach
Product Design Consultancy Scotland – Each project is unique and begins with a thorough understanding of the challenges provided by the client. The problem can then be broken down into palatable stages based upon the demands of the project and the customer’s needs. It is possible for us to take a product from conception to shelves, or simply work with the client to solve a particularly challenging aspect of the process.
Together with clients, we have worked to develop designs that challenge the market. This includes a range of bestselling and highly awarded products as well as innovative intellectual property with successful patent applications.
Services we Offer
Market Research & Analysis, Funding Application Support, Brainstorm, Crowd Funding, CAD Files, Concept Generation, Brand Development, Prototyping & Testing, Photorealistic Visualisations, Mechanical Engineering, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Design for Manufacture (DFM), Industrial Design, Earth Friendly Design, Project Management, Design Engineering
A project can include all or just some of the process detailed below:
Research and Define the Brief
The strongest products come from the strongest briefs. This means a thorough understanding of the problem, the market and the client.
Design is an involved process. To get the best from the process, you designer will work with you to ensure you have a detailed brief. This will allow the designer to do most of the work themselves and schedule periodic meetings with you to review at key stages of the project. You, the client will be required to input your opinion and expertise for the process to move forward. The most valuable thing you can provide a consultancy is your time.
The design process is very Darwinian; in that only the strongest ideas survive. During this phase your designer will generate many ideas, with a fail fast, learn quickly approach. Other sectors are looked at for inspiration and wild ideas are embraced in the hunt for the perfect solution. As this phase generates so many ideas, your designer will stick to quick sketches and basic prototypes to quickly test the feasibility of each concept. We don’t want to invest too much time in a dud, instead, the best solutions are taken onward to the next phase.
The winning concepts from the previous phase are refined. Each iteration sees the weaker concepts left behind and the strongest concepts developed with progressive detail. During this phase you will likely see modelling of the concepts with 3D CAD software and potentially prototyping and testing. We believe that a hands-on approach to product development yields the quickest and best results.
Do you need to prototype? Prototyping is undoubtedly important. I’m sure you’d agree that it would be far more beneficial to make mistakes with a prototype rather than the final product. As good as your designer may be, there will always be scope for improvements and certain things can’t be tested without a physical design.
It will be up to the consultancy to manage prototyping and testing of your product if that is required. Talk to your designer about these costs, they could be built into the initial quote or you could pay for them separately – the latter could be cheaper, but be braced for multiple prototypes.
Once a winning concept has been selected, your designer will begin to invest heavily in design detail. This means refined testing of materials via either computer simulated modelling or hands-on prototype testing. A bill of materials (BOM) will be developed and finalised. We will also investigate manufacturing options and design for manufacture and assembly. The output from this phase will typically be manufacturing data.
Manufacture and Assembly
This stage is dictated by the product and volume of production. If desired, the design consultancy can be on hand throughout this phase to work with manufacturers and distributors to bring your product to market through continuous design improvements, as required.