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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.

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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4 Benefits of Crowdfunding for New Product Ideas

Design 1st has worked with a number of clients that have used crowdfunding as one of the ways to raise more capital, but crowdfunding is a lot more powerful than just raising money.Crowdfunding gives you a platform that significantly streamlines the traditional model of raising capital to launch a new product.  It’s a lot easier for you to get an opportunity to be in front of interested parties and give them ways to help grow your business.Backers on crowdfunding platforms are motivated by wanting cool stuff at a discount before […]
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Design 1st Response to COVID-19

To the Design 1st Community, Our thoughts are with you as we settle into new routines for work. To do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled all unnecessary travel and setup our 30 person team to work remotely. You can see some of the team smiling on our weekly company-wide call below: Here is how we are continuing to support you: Our team continues to provide all services, meeting virtually in the same way we work today with our clients. We are committed to providing […]
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