Introducing the new Design 1st boardroom

New Design 1st main boardroom with project wall displays. Did you know Design 1st has helped develop over 700 physical products? We came to this number by looking back at our project history from 1996 - 2018.  After gathering all the past project data and sorting through old project boxes we identified 50 of our favorite products that told great stories about the product development process. The challenge was how to share all these products in our boardrooms. The existing boardroom setup of display shelves was good but wouldn't allow […]

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5 reasons why companies outsource IoT development.

Connected IoT hardware products are complex. There are so many working systems, technologies, and variables at play, that getting it right the first time without deep expertise is tough. When companies do go at it alone they often end up making decisions outside of their comfort zone, compounding their business risk. Choosing to outsource their connected product development, firms can reap big benefits including: 1) You can hire 5 times more design and engineering staff, for less. 2) Get to market faster, often within 9 months. 3) Uncover more creative ideas […]

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The 17 Hottest Pet Tech Products Ideas of 2018

High Tech pet products are everywhere It's a great time to be a pet. A wave of new high-tech pet products and innovations have just hit the market. And there are many more in development. So, if you are a pet owner, entrepreneur or investor - now is the perfect time to get up to speed on the hottest pet tech devices. Mechanical Pet Tech Products: Mechanical pet tech devices range from simple single part products to complex ball launchers, self-cleaning litter boxes and dog houses with air conditioning! 1) iFetch: Automatic […]

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6 ways manufacturing in Asia can be disastrous

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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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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