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
We assume nothing; the strongest products come from the strongest briefs! This means a thorough understanding of the problem, the market and the client.
The design process is very Darwinian; in that only the strongest ideas survive. At this stage we like to generate as many ideas with a fail fast, learn quickly approach. This stage looks at other sectors for inspiration where wild ideas are embraced in the hunt for the gems. As this stage generates so many ideas, we 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, we’ll take the gems to the next stage.
As the design gems are isolated, we keep refining the concepts. Each iteration sees the weaker concepts left behind and the strongest concepts developed with progressive detail. At this stage we will likely be modelling 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.
Once a winning concept has been selected, we 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 stage will typically be manufacturing data.
Manufacture and Assembly
This stage is dictated by the product and volume of production. If desired, we can be on hand throughout this stage to work with manufacturers and distributors to bring your product to market through continuous design improvements, as required.