Client Stories and Reviews
Since 1996, we have helped 100's of clients develop winning hardware products. Learn about some of their stories and experiences below
Fantasy Scoreboard Inc.
IoT experience key to project turnaround, 50% cost reduction, and on-time delivery.‘It felt like a seamless process working with these two companies, they manage themselves, connected the teams when needed and the job got done right the very first time, going from concept to production ready in under 5 months'
Will Nault, Founder
TabloTV - DVR for Over-the-Air TV“We’re extremely happy with the team’s responsiveness and the finished product, which has started shipping to customers and is getting rave reviews. Design 1st has been a great partner from the very beginning - assisting us with turning ideas into product renderings for our investment rounds, and then working with our requirements and budget to turn Tablo into a reality. Kevin and his team provided support and great insight into the commercialization process and delivered absolutely excellent design and engineering work.”
Grant Hall, CEO
Performance Replacement Turbine-Bur System“We partnered with Design 1st because they were able to provide a solution to overcome the complexity of factors impacting our unique chuck and bur system design. Their considerable design expertise and manufacturing knowledge was critical in problem-solving and expediting us to working prototypes. Design 1st’s work behind the scenes helped us to be the leading dental technology company revolutionizing our industry.”
Richard St-Pierre, President and CEO
Rumidifier Home Comforts Inc.
Humidify Using ZERO Energy“I needed to transform the Rumidifier napkin sketch design into a working prototype and then a real product in order to engage retail buyers. In my search for a design firm, Design 1st definitely stood out. Combining strong Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering experience in product development and a professional approach, their artistic team created a great looking product that is easy to use. They also added a valuable claim to my patent, making the product more efficient.”
Jeri Rodrigs, Founder
Stanley HealthCare Solutions
Pedz™ Tag and Securaband™ Tag“Two end users had to be accommodated – the individuals who wear the tags and the healthcare providers who use our systems. Design 1st did a superb job of balancing the end user requirements of both our products. We needed both devices to be durable and secure as well as easy-to-use, while still being attractive and comfortable to the individual patients."
Kevin Smith, Product Manager
Award-Winning Marine Fan Design“We selected Design 1st because their designers and engineers demonstrated the right creativity and technical understanding. With their CAD and modelling tools they were able to address the numerous design challenges encountered with this type of product. The end result of our collaboration was an easy-to-install, powerful marine hatch fan - unlike any on the market - that quickly and efficiently exhausts stale, hot cabin air to improve boaters’ comfort."
Mike Tettenborn, Caframo Ltd.
Wireless Broadband Mesh Networking Solutions"Design 1st has been our trusted industrial design and mechanical engineering partner for over six years and they have proven themselves to be valuable, competent and committed to our success. They add value because they understand the tradeoffs between user value and cost, the need to balance both the business and product objectives, along with excellent knowledge of materials and manufacturing / tooling options."
Chief Technology Officer
High Fidelity Audio Loudspeakers“We wanted cutting edge design that would match our superb performance. Working collaboratively with Design 1st we fully achieved our goals.”
Sandy Gross, President
Home Telehealth Health Monitoring Kit“Design 1st were truly an extension of our team showing the same commitment, passion and pride in the successful delivery of the product. As we moved on to development and pre-production of the Health Monitoring Kit, Design 1st found methods, materials and cost effective components to deliver a commercially viable solution to a very technical challenge.”
Timon LeDain, VP Engineering
Digital and Film Projectors For Any Application“When we wanted to transition our older generation projector models to a more modern look and feel, Design 1st was a valuable asset. Given the depth of their design and engineering experience as well as their core competencies in areas such as injection plastics, tooling strategies and manufacturing, Design 1st immediately understood what was needed. They worked with our internal engineering team all the way through the process to provide us with compatible solutions to meet our needs.”
George Tsintzouras, Director of Product Management, Business Products
Standard Innovation Corporation
We-Vibe® – Adult Lifestyle Luxury Product“Design 1st’s ability to balance artistry and engineering played a key role in ensuring the We-Vibe® design resulted in a product that was both beautiful and functional. The Design 1st team consistently proved themselves to be a valuable and trusted partner, from their holistic involvement to their invaluable expertise in “design for manufacturability" and “design for quality”. The We-Vibe® has a return rate of 0.2% which is fantastic compared to the industry norm of 1 to 5%. We appreciated that they made this target for quality a reality. We will continue to use Design 1st as our product design company for our next products.”
Bruce Murison, Founder and CEO
RIDEMASTER Group Communications System“Design 1st was a great partner to work with; they approached our project with a high degree of collaboration and provided us with several options at each decision point. They took our Ridemaster concept and turned it into something real that was both practical and had a high quality feel to it.”
Dave Gilmour, President
NorthVu NV20 PRO HDTV Antenna"As our product development partner, Design 1st delivered an ultra-compact, elegant and reliable enclosure for our innovative antenna as well as product packaging concepts and images for our marketing materials and website. As we move through our new development cycles, we are confident and comfortable in outsourcing our requirements again to Design 1st, as and when we need them.”
Spenser Williams, President
Combining Bluetooth® and Smart Device Technologies“The decision to engage with Design 1st to be our design partner was an excellent investment. They had the talent to take our idea, render it, complete the engineering, prototype it and work through the physical, ergonomic and aesthetic aspects of both the manufacturable product and the retail package. All of which allowed me to focus on the software, the operation and the requirements of the business.”
Derick Cassidy, Founder & CTO
Bath and Play: Making Bath Time Safe and Fun“Design 1st took my Bath and Play napkin sketch drawings and steered me through the endless number of product design and development decisions to arrive at this great new product that brings fun and safety to the bath time experience for young children.”
Jay Conohan, Founder
Experiential Marketing“How do you deliver a campaign that involves moving one million Hershey chocolate bars across Canada in five months? And how do you transform your mobile marketing concepts to do this into the best solution in only six weeks? The right answer is you engage a partner that can make it happen with lightening speed. Design 1st was that partner for Gearwerx. They were able to transform our ideas into a real ”wow” experience for people which took a depth of experience, strong collaboration and team work, constant problem-solving and a little bit of luck.”
Adam Starr, Director of Product Management, Business Products
Enterprise Flash Drive (EFD) Storage Solutions“Design 1st continues to be a great partner and one we value highly. In the initial stages, it was critical that we get our EFD right the first time and Design 1st’s expertise and commitment was exactly what we needed as a start-up to be successful. To date, as the product comes to market after 3 years of development there is nothing like our high performance EFD on the market.”
Mike Chenery, President/Founder
Innovative patio stone system with integrated radiant heating“The Design 1st ‘napkin sketch to design’ product development approach was exactly what I was looking for .Working with their world-class engineering team, I was involved and guided throughout the patenting, design, engineering and prototyping process. With their broad range of suppliers, in-depth materials knowledge and prototyping capabilities - my product successfully achieved its CSA certification"
Nunzio Consiglio, President/Founder