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The product development process is a challenging one. There are hundreds of decisions to turn inspiration into a manufacturable product. To get it right the first time you need the right combination of expertise and experience. Explore the Design 1st blog to learn what you need to know to develop successful products right the first time.

How Much Do Product Design Firms Charge?

There are three financing models for new product design and development: Flat Fee, Hourly Fee For Service, and Reduced Fee + Equity. Searching for a product design firm to help with your new product idea is tough. Using Google or a platform like DesignRush will give you dozens of potential firms with a range of services, pricing models, and experience. The challenge is choosing the right firm that will deliver a successful project right, the first time.  Understand what finance models firms offer will help you make the right choice. […]
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The Process for Developing a New Product: Template + Guidelines

Product development is about bringing a product idea to market. Although product development differs by industry, it starts with an idea and moves through critical process stages that ensure even very complex products follow a realistic and successful path to market. During the last three decades, we have successfully developed for our clients, over  750+ physical products from idea through to volume manufacturing using a predictable process. Below is an example of our typical product development process template. It includes: Typical timeline to reach volume production Key activities in each stage […]
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Sponsoring ACIDO Rocket 2020: Design Competition

Design 1st is an annual sponsor of ACIDO’s ‘Rocket’ Industrial Design Competition. The event features the work of Ontario’s top industrial design graduates and is a good way to get a pulse on how new technology is impacting hardware. For 2020, Design 1st sponsored the ACIDO “Market Research Award” recognizing the top project that uncovered user needs, behaviors, and feedback through primary and secondary research. This year's award was won by SingYu Lam from OCAD for his work on FRAME: Encouraging Death Reflection Through a Digital And Physical Experience. Project […]
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