Choosing the right product design firm for you
Speaking as someone with a relatively large amount of experience in bringing new products to market, I can tell you that choosing the right product design firm can make the world of difference, not just to the look and feel of your product, but also how you are going to feel about that product in the weeks, months and years to come. Choosing a product design firm that will work with you to make your product exactly how you want it to be, and that will help you to achieve an end result that you will feel proud of, can be complex. There are several different aspects to consider when making the important choice of which product design firm you wish to trust with your idea. My particular experience has been with bicycles and parts for mountain bikes. Designing a new part, particularly when it is time to move it on from the prototype stage to the final consumer product, requires:
- Consideration of safety standards.
Some amount of this is a natural part of the initial design, but getting assistance from an experienced product design firm is essential to ensure that the final product is of the required quality and fulfils all of the demands that will be placed on it. That is why it is highly advantageous to employ a product design firm with experience with the type of product that you are making, wherever possible. They are then likely to be well-versed in the safety standards, the user demands and the materials required. This is not the only consideration, however. It is also absolutely crucial that you are able to communicate clearly with your product design firm. There are few things in life so frustrating as waiting for the designs for your new product, only to get them back and to realise that they are nothing like you were hoping for. Make sure that any product design firm that you talk to are open to talking about your ideas and intentions, and if you do not feel like they are listening to you fully do not be afraid to move on to a different company.
The product design firm that I choose to work with whenever possible
By far the best experiences that I have had in bringing my bicycle parts to market have been with a Dutch product design firm called Alskar. The first time that I cooperated with them, they had very little experience with bicycle parts, so you could say that I was lucky, having broken my own first piece of advice. I knew that I could trust them, though, due to their excellent communication. From my first contact with them, via www.alskar.com, and particularly after our first face-to-face meeting, it was clear that they understood my intentions for my product and that they would be doing all that they could to ensure that the end product met my standards and the conditions necessary to be a success in the market place. On occasion I have used a different product design firm for assistance since, but I always return to Alskar the next time around.
Do you have an idea?
If you have an original product idea or have spotted a gap in the market, do not wait around. Contact a product design firm like Alskar and talk to them about how they can help. They will be able to help simplify the process for you and make sure that you do not miss your chance.