Do you have an idea for developing a new product and you do not know how to start? Don't you know how to differentiate from your competition or how to create your new product in the most cost-effective way? Welcome to the exciting world of industrial design!
The above questions - and many more - are more than reasonable. It is also reasonable that you may feel that the distance you need to cover from the conception of the idea to the production of your new product is enormous.
This point is critical. The correct industrial design process is a critical success factor for your new venture.
The proper methodology, the holistic approach, a very good study of the problem and the creativity, are essential elements of a successful product design.
In Columbo Engineering, we understand how critical is the above for your success. That is why we created the necessary process to ensure a great quality of services. This process is carefully and consistently applied to all of our projects.
Below we present the seven (7) stages of the industrial design process we apply, from the presentation of the original idea to the creation and delivery of the final files and documents.
The briefing is the first necessary step in the product design process.
At this stage, you will have to present the idea that you have, what are the needs that you want to cover or what is the problem that you want to solve.
An experienced industrial designer will ask you the right questions in order to get a complete picture of your idea with all its aspects.
At the end of this stage, the project summary is created (briefing) and its objectives are specified.
The brief will be the guide that will then direct the work of the industrial designer. For this reason, it has to be complete and clear.
The second stage refers to the research. We learn more about your industry and we investigate your competition (direct and indirect) and similar or related products that exist on the market.
Competitive products on the market, their specifications, their manufacturing materials, their design and the techniques they incorporate are being identified and examined.
The purpose of the research stage is to find one or more elements of differentiation of the product under design with respect to the available products of the competition.
At the stage of brainstorming, we document as many alternative solutions and differentiation from competition as possible.
In particular, alternative sketches and drawings are created. These sketches are still in a prototype form, they are usually small, incomplete designs that are quickly created, touching various aspects of the product and have not yet been examined as to whether they are feasible or not.
At this stage, the ideas of the brainstorming are evaluated and the best ideas are combined and processed to form a complete design. Through the evaluation and synthesis process, three different concepts are created.
It is likely that these proposals will be fewer or more than three, depending on the needs and particularities of the project.
It is worth mentioning that although the concepts at this stage represent a complete proposal, a full and in-depth development of each one has not yet been made.
At this stage, in order to better evaluate the concepts, it may be necessary to produce a prototype, either in real size or in scale.
The previous stages (2 to 4) are related to the work done by the industrial designer, based on the brief created after the first meeting with you.
Now is the time for the second meeting. The purpose of this is to present our concepts to you.
During the presentation of our alternative suggestions, we explain the rationale behind each proposal, all their elements and features, the advantages and disadvantages of each proposal.
Together we evaluate them in order to select one of them or a combination of different features from more than one proposal. The one that you will select will be the final concept that will be developed further.
At this stage, we focus on the selected alternative and we work on finishing the final product. We review all the individual details to ensure that the project meets all the requirements and objectives of the initial brief.
As in step 4 of the concept, also at this stage, it is likely that a prototype will be needed to help us with the final tests.
We have almost reached the end of the process and we make a final check with you for any last minute changes.
The final stage concerns the delivery to you of all the final files and documents. These include the three-dimensional models of all the different components of the product and the model of the assembly, the technical drawings and some photorealistic images of the new product.
Having the above files at your disposal - and of course in your property - you can contact potential suppliers and/or manufacturers in order to collect and compare offers and proceed with the production of your new product.
Finally, in case you ask for it, we can guide you and advise you on choosing the right suppliers, depending on the requirements of the product.