Journey to the Dragons Den

When Canadians execute on great product ideas they have an opportunity to pitch them on Dragon’s Den. We have seen this first hand with over half a dozen clients making their way to face the Dragons’ on CBC. And the majority have been successful! This fall, we are excited to see two more clients – Toddler Monitor and Rolling Desserts – pitch their hardware products on Dragons’ Den. Both clients have gone through the entire product development process and are building on successful crowdfunding campaigns that exceeded their goals. Now entering volume […]

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Why manufacturing in Asia can be disastrous without access to broad expertise

If you want to build your product in Asia, you need to know the manufacturing process inside out. And, if you lack this knowledge, you need a partner who ensures that you are never without the information you require. What follows are the areas where the companies we work with most frequently require help in Asia. As you will see, contract manufacturing risks begin in the earliest stages of design, and extend to the management of contract manufacturer (CM) relationships even after your product is on the market. 1. Consider […]

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Designing Audio Interfaces: An Experiential Prototype

Voice first products are at the leading edge of technology and product design, making them a highly demanding undertaking for developers, designers and innovators.  Working with leading edge technology can be a risk for design firms, given the limited precedents and poses a challenge to successfully translate the technology into physical products. Design 1st, a firm with deep expertise in hardware product design was sought out by a US client to develop a voice-first product. The effort resulted in a nine month process of navigating the complexities of this product […]

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Building New Relationships in China

Our visits to China have become more frequent. What started off as an annual trip to meet with our manufacturers and component suppliers has now turned into quarterly visits. Most of these visits are short and involve quality inspections on our client’s first production runs. But on our most recent trip to China we spent a full two weeks qualifying new vendors, touring state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and forming new business relationships. Check-out some of the photos from our trip below: Design 1st team meets with manufacturing partners VP of Manufacturing […]

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5 Major Impacts of Voice-First Devices

Design has often been described as a conversation between the designer and the user. As designers of all kinds we have the distinct privilege to communicate and converse with users to understand their needs to create solutions for them.  But the influence of voice assistant technology like  Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google home demands a new conversation. And this new conversation is moving away the traditional one between the user and designer – to a conversation between the user and device, literally. With an estimated 24.5M Voice-First devices to ship in 2017 the […]

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