Our Design Philosophy

We never lose sight of our supporting role.

After 20 years and over 500 successful projects, we have learned a few lessons about new product design. They guide how we engage with you.

  1. We recognize that it is your idea, your product, your patents, and your awards. We provide critical guidance and creative energy, we sweat the details, and we drive your project forward every way we can. We feed our egos with your success.
  2. A variety of very talented people must work closely together. Great product design begins with a great team.
  3. Effective communication is critical. That's why our process is centred on close collaboration with you and your team. That's also why we invest in the best tools for communicating remotely and presenting design concepts.
  4. The right process yields better design and reduces risk. Our Lean Product Design Process has been refined over many projects. It is based on rapid iterations that produce concrete ideas and tangible prototypes that can be viewed, assessed, tested, and refined.
  5. The latest tools save time and money. We invest in the most sophisticated tools for design, product visualization, engineering analysis, and prototyping.
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Our History

In our 20 years we have successfully completed over 500 projects for companies around the world.

Kevin Bailey founded Design 1st over 20 years ago, after more than a decade as a senior product designer. We have grown to become one of Canada's largest, most prolific physical product design specialists.

We enjoy designing simple but compelling products, and we excel at developing the most technically challenging products for both indoor and extreme outdoor environments. We have unmatched expertise and tools to tackle tricky thermal, stress, motion, safety, and materials problems.

Based in Ottawa, Canada, we serve clients located around the world, and the products that we have helped them launch are used by billions of people.


Our Team

Our in-house team includes exceptional industrial design artists, professional engineers, certified project managers, prototype technicians, patent analysts, and new product introduction specialists.

We also have strong working relationships with the best prototype fabricators, patent attorneys, marketing specialists, startup business lawyers, contract manufacturers, and more.

Pat Williams

Pat

James Henderson

James

Jenna Bailey

Jenna

Matt Bailey

Matt

Yana Klimava

Yana

Derek Kirkland

Derek

Kevin Bailey

Kevin

Dave Ingram

Dave

Tim Haats

Tim

Yih-Shyang Tsai

Yih Shyang

Allan Kerr

Allan

Ian Kayser

Ian

Al Caughey

Al

Dave Mills

Dave

Don Larisey

Don

Joan Highet

Joan

Chris Edwards

Chris

Lynn Erichsen

Lynn

Peter Cottreau

Peter

Colin Earnshaw

Colin

Jaime Yu

Jaime

Tian Zhao

Tian

Zlatko Lovrenovik

Zlatko

Bennet Heidenreich

Bennet

Avi Naor

Avi

Josh Miller

Josh

Steve Harrington

Steve

Vimal Chandran

Vimal

Andrew Traplin

Andrew


Our Community Involvement

We have a broad view of our responsibility to give back.

In addition to regular fundraising and support for local charities including the United Way, Citizen's Advocacy and the Royal Ottawa Foundation, we believe we can make a big social impact by mentoring and inspiring the next generation of makers. That’s why we take a lead role in organizing and sponsoring events like Ottawa’s Internet of Things Conference (IoT613) and Maker Faire Ottawa.

We also created the D1 MakerLab program, providing opportunities for students to explore exciting projects and new technologies in our prototype lab facilities over the summer months.

 

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