Four Components for Determining Product Design Usability

It happens all the time. Someone thinks he has a bright idea, and a new consumer product is born. Unfortunately, not every new concept is worth putting on a retail shelf, as illustrated by this 2012 post on the “20 Useless Products No One Should Buy.” So what factors do you need to consider when looking at product usability? Here are four components we recommend.  Reliability  When you pick up a new product, does it work? If not, consumers may think it has malfunctioned or isn’t working as planned. In […]

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Evolution of Product Design Tools

While pencil sketches of product concepts are still a necessity, the evolution of product design software has made a big difference in how we draft, model and present designs to clients. Design 1st uses a variety of leading edge computer-aided design (CAD) tools for engineering simulations, concept development and detailed design. Last week, the folks at "Engineering.com" put together an excellent video demonstrating the evolution of product design tools that we would like to share. Check-it out below:

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Simplicity and Honesty in Innovative Product Design

Everyone wants innovative product design, but what does innovative even mean? Design can make a product appear new and fresh, but in what ways?Rather than write a long, dull treatise on the history of the word "innovative," let's work backwards and look at individual things that make design innovative.Today we'll talk about two key factors in design innovation: simplicity and honesty. It sounds as if they might mean the same thing, but as always, details are important and make the difference.SimplicitySimplicity means eliminating all the bells and whistles, and beyond […]

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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 […]

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Inventive Investing | Discovering Great Product Ideas

Have you ever come across a nifty product and thought why didn’t I think of that? Usually seemingly simple and so obvious you can’t believe you didn’t come up with it. Inventors seem to have the ability to look at problems or needs from a unique perspective that the rest of us just don’t.For instance, take the common issue of the ketchup bottle. Ketchup was bottled in octagonal shaped glass bottles to showcase the purity of the product. However, the bottles made it a slow and agonizing wait for the […]

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