Design for Life – Game Changing Product Design for the Home

Welcome back to our Design for Life blog series, inspired by one our favourite hashtags, #designforlife. This next blog focuses on product design for the home; design that inspires the way we live our lives in or around the home, and promises, or at least hopes, to revolutionise the way we live.

Design for Changing Lives – 5 Ways Product Design is Literally Changing Lives

Our design for life series was inspired by a hashtag we love to use (#designforlife), as we feel it really encapsulates the reason behind a fair few of the innovations, which we like to share with you from the wider world of product design, which are often particularly life enhancing.

When we recently ran our feature on the life cycle of a product, we really got to thinking about what the term ‘design for life’ might mean to us, or to others, so we thought we’d explore it a little further.

Managing Obsolescence & Increasing Product Lifespan

In previous blogs we have discussed product obsolescence and how to avoid it. In our last article on the topic we spoke about focus groups, social media polls, analytics, user forums and third party review tools such as Trustpilot.

However, with such a strong focus on moving towards more sustainable living, we can also address the full lifecycle of the product. We can home in on the implications of the products successes, or indeed failures, on the environment as well as on your own business, and of course, the impact to the customer.

Product Vision – What Is It and Why Do I Need One?

A Product Vision is best described as a statement which conveys the very essence of your concept.

You will address the problem the product will solve, who the product is being created for, as well as why you need to create it at this moment in time.

This statement is beneficial to team members for clarity and purpose in what you are collectively trying to achieve. It is also a useful tool to share with other stakeholders in the business, such as investors or any other influential entities involved in your product design journey.

Product Design in a Post-Pandemic Climate; Working with Entrepreneurs & Product Design Partners

With the end of Lockdown in sight (well, at the time of writing in any case), we are looking to the ‘new normal’ to see how we can work with entrepreneurs and product design partners alike, to help us all thrive, with some super post pandemic productivity!

Design, Development & Determination – Let’s Try That Again Shall We!

This time last year we were busy uploading all the excitement for what we thought might lie ahead in 2020 for every product design partner in our network, and beyond. Little did we truly know, just what we were letting ourselves in for, by ringing in that New Year!

2020 – A Revolution in Product Design?

As the strangest year that was 2020 comes to an end we thought we’d do a quick round-up of the year that no-one truly expected! Outsourcing your product design and enticing entrepreneurs to unleash their concepts were our two key objectives as 2020 dawned upon us. But who truly believed the landscape would shift quite so dramatically?

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Software for Product Design – Programming to Propel Your Product

Do you have a concept to bring to life that requires software capability? If so, how much attention have you given to this aspect of the project? When considering software for product design, it is important to make sure you are working with a team who fully understands your end goal, and feel confident to help you make it happen.

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Product Design Engineers – How to Expand Your Team Without the Red Tape!

Finding the right product design engineers can be a challenging task. Not only are you looking for top quality recruits, but you will most likely want to scale quickly to get your workflow moving and overall, reduce the faff!

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Electronics for Product Design – Bringing Beautiful Product Design to Life

Electronics for product design can be easily overlooked during the early part of the design phase. It’s all well and good creating a super slick product that the design gods would admire, but what about the functionality?

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UK Product Design Companies – Bring Your Products to Life with Conficio

Are you an entrepreneur looking to bring your concept to life? Or maybe you’re a fellow agency needing some additional resource to keep your product design production line working right now? Have you been searching Google for ‘UK product design companies’. If this is you, then look no further – you’ve found us!

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Design and Manufacture a Product – 5 Ways to Keep Your Focus!

So you’ve had the idea brewing in your mind for a while now, you’re eureka moment has occurred and you are now working with your product designer, in order to design and manufacture a product.

Now it’s time to start to bring it to fruition. It’s very easy to get swallowed up in the product design process. On this journey, it is critical to remember the very reason for your product coming to life, is to get it manufactured and get it to market!

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Product Design for Education – The Off Grid Cinema Project

Cineboda approached the team at Conficio, to create a motorbike-based cinema. Cineboda’s objective, was to provide a tool that would allow their team to take educational content and deliver it to those who do not ordinarily have access to the sort of content that you or I take for granted. The team aim to educate, inform, inspire and encourage debate.

Innovate Like a Child

When sitting with my gorgeous little cherubs during lockdown, I was reminded of the state of the child like brain, and how limitless the possibilities are in a child’s world. My 4-year-old approached me to play with his ‘camera’, which was in fact created out of Duplo, of course. Furthermore, he went on to play with it as if it were a Polaroid camera, handing the prints to me straight from the camera as he was ‘taking’ them. This wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except, we do not own a Polaroid camera, and he has never, to the best of my knowledge, been shown one in a real or virtual setting.

The Great Working from Home Experiment

This is a time to observe how the world adapts to the changing demands of the environment we find ourselves in and understand how our behaviours adapt in terms of purchasing, adoption and utilisation of goods and products. Just how are businesses big and small dealing with diversification, evolving product lines, business processes or even course correction?Is your team working from home out of necessity or choice? At Conficio we enabled the team to work remotely from the get-go, because, let’s face it, this is the future. Or indeed, the present! With a world pandemic and many countries going into lockdown, many businesses are struggling because they don’t have the capacity or means to adapt quickly enough; the world of technical capability can’t save us all, as it turns out.

Diversification – The New Business as Usual

This is a time to observe how the world adapts to the changing demands of the environment we find ourselves in and understand how our behaviours adapt in terms of purchasing, adoption and utilisation of goods and products. Just how are businesses big and small dealing with diversification, evolving product lines, business processes or even course correction?

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Product Design, Pandemics & Politics

Everything that surrounds us has either evolved by force of nature or has been invented. Innovation, and consequently, product design is part of our everyday life. It will make your mind implode if you stop to consider it too much. Quite frankly, If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that innovation actually is, all around…

Inspiring Innovations

Everything that surrounds us has either evolved by force of nature or has been invented. Innovation, and consequently, product design is part of our everyday life. It will make your mind implode if you stop to consider it too much. Quite frankly, If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that innovation actually is, all around…

New Year New Idea

Calling all entrepreneurs – the future needs YOU! Have you got a shiny new concept that you’ve been developing and need to take to the next level? What better time to get the wheels in motion than the dawn of 2020? When you’ve been nurturing your seedling of a vision under close quarters, taking your project to the next level …

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Are You Resource-Ready for 2020?

This one goes out to all the design houses; yes, we are talking to you! Has your team been working all autumn to build your pipeline so your studio is oozing with exciting projects as we kick off the New Year? If so, consider this; Are you resource-ready? Is your team set to get straight back to the studio after …

We’re Bringing British Back – Yeah baby!

As we arrive in the topical and highly contentious month, that is to be Brexit, we’re talking about the brilliance of British industry and the reasons we’re seeing clients bringing their product design and manufacturing back to the UK and it’s not because of Brexit! According to great.gov.uk, the UK stands as the worlds 5th largest economy, with British businesses …

Preventing Obsolescence & Staying Relevant In Your Market

Welcome to the final instalment in our blog series on how the product design journey works from end to end. We hope that by now we’ve provided you with some useful tips and insights on how you can ensure your product design journey runs as smoothly as possible, from start to finish. To round off this series, this feature is all about preventing obsolescence.

Marketing Your Product – How to Launch The Finished Article

We’ve covered a myriad of topics during this blog series, and as we draw a little closer towards the end of this journey, it’s time to look at marketing your product and how to launch that finished article for your customers to find and buy!

Protecting Your Product

Our next instalment in our blog series on taking your product to market, focuses on protecting your idea. You’ve already invested time, energy and money in bringing your concept to life, so don’t forget to make sure you try and protect yourself from copycats; whilst we understand that your vision is unique to you, someone else may well have a similar concept in mind. Give yourself the best chance of commercial success and choose the most suitable forms of legal protection for your idea and product. This article will help you to understand the different types of intellectual property (IP) protection, how they differ and how to go about it.

Understanding Product Design Terminology

Over the past few months you might have caught our blog series, which focuses on giving you, the client, as many tools as possible, in order to make your product design journey the smoothest and most enjoyable experience possible. This month we turn our focus to understanding product design terminology.

Setting Expectations & Understanding Scope in Product Design

This month, as part of our product design know-how blog series, we’re talking about setting and managing expectations, and understanding how to determine and manage the scope of a project. Product design is a pretty involved process, can be fairly costly and is also usually quite an exciting journey to be part of, so it stands to reason that it can be easy to get caught up in the moment.

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The Design Process: A Masterclass

Achieving a beautifully designed new product, featuring all the key elements for success in the market place, is no mean feat. After all, you will need to achieve not only a fantastic user experience, but you’ll need to meet the desired outcomes for both the business and the end user in order for the product to become a success. Enter, The Design Process.

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Budgeting for Product Design

This month our blog series returns with the spotlight switching to one of the most contentious of pain points when it comes to managing any project; budgeting for product design. It’s critical to get this fundamental aspect of your project nailed as early in the design process as possible – you won’t know if you’re on budget, if you don’t have one!

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Creating the Perfect Product Design Brief – Part 1

It’s now critical to ensure you communicate your product concept to your product design consultancy with clarity. There’s a lot to consider, so how about a checklist to ensure you are providing the best brief that you can, for best success? We thought you’d never ask.

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Sourcing A Product Design Consultancy

So you’ve got a great product idea, sourced some funding to get it moving, and what to approach a product design consultancy.  But now what? If you’ve never created a product before, or sometimes, even if you have, it can be pretty confusing trying to understand the right steps to take and in which order, to help you bring your vision to life.

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The Great British Entrepreneur Awards – A few weeks to go!

The Entrepreneurs’ Team of the Year Award arguably boasts its strongest category nominations to date. Conficio are honoured to be judged against these inspirational people. Our competition, to mention a few, includes the genius that is minicabit, founded by Dragon’s Den star Amer Hasan; ClearScore, the open banking system co-founded by author and business tycoon Justin Basini; and Speechmatics, the …

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Get some perspective – The art of design sketching

For some, mastering the art of sketching can take years to perfect. Leonardo Da Vinci himself dedicated a lifetime to fine tuning and refining this art. In fact, it is rumoured that even some of Da Vinci’s most renowned works were considered incomplete by this prolific artist and engineer. Unlike Da Vinci however, we don’t all have a lifetime to …

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Take a scroll – Conficio’s new website

Slicker, smoother and smarter than ever; Conficio are delighted to announce the launch of our new and improved website. May 2018 marked Conficio’s first birthday and to celebrate this occasion we decided to refresh and revamp our website, giving it the facelift it deserved. The glossy new site offers a seamless user experience, in which potential clients can easily navigate …

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When Humans Take to the Skies

Being part of the machine that is project Gravity, has been an honour for the team here at Conficio. When you’re approached by a true innovator with the vision, focus and tenacity to power through and bring their vision of human flight to life, exciting things happen! We couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve been commissioned to complete …