Top 3 Design Mistakes Hardware Startups Make

Companies in need of hardware product design—particularly hardware startups looking to launch new products—have a lot riding on how they choose to bring their products to market. To ensure manufacturable design concepts, it’s crucial that companies get specialized expertise in both electronics and materials from their design, prototype and manufacturing partners. Why is it so important? Poorly designed and engineered products can sink not only product launches but also careers … and companies. In this blog post, Kevin Bailey, President of Ottawa-based Design 1st, discusses three of the biggest hardware […]

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5 New Flood Prevention Products

Floods are becoming more common around the world. What was once a 100-year phenomenon is now a seasonal trend that homeowners must deal with. And the main solution deployed to fight these rising water is sandbags – 1000’s upon 1000’s of sandbags made from burlap or polypropylene. But is this the most effective method? As product designers,  we began thinking about the challenges of floods and exploring other product solutions already on the market. See what we found below: 1) Water Gate: Rapid Response Flood Control System Water gate is a […]

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Modern Industrial Design

Frog Design has put together an amazing video titled "Industrial Design in the Modern World": In a similar fashion to Design 1st, several of frog's industrial designers and mechanical engineers discuss the principles they implore to make physical products real and meaningful to consumers today. Check-it out!

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Industrial Design Visionary: Braun or Apple

With CES 2013 just around the corner next week, the "twitterverse"  is filled with commentary and speculation surrounding the release of new innovative products. Among the contenders are new televisions, speakers and personal gadget innovations. One surprise though, (or not such a surprise if you follow CES each year) is that Apple will not be attending. To the average consumer this may seem strange, Apple, with their extravagant product launches, ubiquitous logo and design focus, appears to embody innovation in consumer products. While Apple' has proved to be innovative in many areas, the physical design, usability […]

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Great Design is Sustainable Design

"There are professions more harmful than design," wrote Victor Papanek in the 1970s, "but only a few." Papanek – considered the modern father of responsible design – accused designers of “creating whole species of permanent garbage to clutter up the landscape, and by choosing materials and processes that pollute the air we breathe, designers have become a dangerous breed." If this is so, then  why not consider social and environmental factors when designing future products? And having done this, why design unsustainable products at all?  100% Sustainability Begins with the Design According to […]

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