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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

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. This final article focuses on how to ensure …

Launching Your Product

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 how you take your finished product to market. Whilst getting the product specification, functionality and aesthetics right for your market is critical for success, if you don’t market your product in the …

Protecting Your Idea and 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 …

Your Product Design Process – What to Expect

Welcome back to our blog series, which strives to give you, the client, as much information as possible to help create a smooth product design experience. Whether or not you choose to use Team Conficio to build your vision, we want to pass on our knowledge and expertise, to ensure a smooth, hassle free and no-nonsense approach to product design. …

Understanding Product Design Jargon & 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. To compile these features, we asked ourselves where the pain points lie, for the first-time-product-design-customer, or even for those who’ve been …

Setting Expectations & Understanding Scope

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 …

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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. You’ll …

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Determining Your Product Design Budget

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. 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! A …

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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 …

Conficio Make Finalist at Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

We are proud to announce that Conficio have been selected as finalists for the ‘Entrepreneurs’ Team of the Year Award’, at the prestigious Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, London, 2018. But what makes a team and why do we think we should win? The team at Confico have done a sterling job of establishing a business, which to date, achieves …

Spring Into Tech

Unless you’ve been off grid for the last few months, you’ll have most likely heard about our Knowledge Drop sessions. Have you been able to attend a session yet? What’s it really all about? How can it help you and your team? We introduced the Knowledge Drop workshops here at Conficio earlier this year, in a bid to give our …

Building Ironman – How We Help Our Clients to Fly!

If you haven’t already heard, we’re excited to invite you to come and hear about ‘Building Ironman’. We get asked about this unique project so often that we have decided it’s only fair to host a Knowledge Drop session dedicated to the project. We’re inviting our clients, prospects, corporate partners, fans and friends to come on down to the studio …

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The Internet of Things – Future Proofing Your Business

The Internet of Things, once a fairly incomprehensible ‘what if’, has now become a firm reality, that like it or not, we are already living. We are firmly connected in our own Matrix, already experiencing the addictive nature of instant accessibility, infotainment and a myriad of apps and systems designed by some genius wonder-tech’s to ensure we barely have to …

New Talent Lands at Conficio!

Career progression, science and engineering are due to hit the headlines as hot topics this fortnight. Specifically, this week celebrates National Careers Week in schools, colleges and universities up and down the country; a reminder to those looking to their future careers of what is truly possible. The event will help to educate students on how they map their route …

Rapid Prototyping –  The Next Level Detail

So you’ve read our ‘Rapid Prototyping – A Beginners Guide’, and now we understand why Rapid Prototyping is important, and what the basic types of testing are.  We know that we can commission a ‘looks-like’ or a ‘works-like’ prototype, and we understand what a ‘Proof-of-Concept’ model looks like and that our end goal is to achieve a production-quality prototype that …

Rapid Prototyping – A Beginners Guide

Picture the moment; your team have come up with a ground-breaking new concept product. It’s going to be the game changer. It features all the USP’s you could hope for; the concept is immense – it’ll take your business to the next level. Your MD says “Great stuff – let’s move this thing forward!” But what next? What about the …

How Businesses Are Successfully Using Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping uses CAD and 3D printing to create a real life physical model of the product whilst still developing the product. This allows us to touch and feel the product and evaluate different key aspects whilst still being possible to make iterative changes to improve the design. Rapid Prototyping not only speeds up the development time of new products …

How can Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Help Grow Your Business?

As the world surrounding us becomes more connected, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are fast becoming an ingrained part of our everyday lives without many of us truly realising it; rescue charity, the RNLI allow you to view the engine room of an RNLI lifeboat with even stepping onboard the vessel using VR. Retail giant IKEA enable you …

Innovation in the Work Place

In the modern world with rapidly changing technology and stiff competition companies are more and more relying on their innovation to stay ahead of the competition. This poses a big question for them, what is Innovation and how can they be more innovative? Through this blog I will explore this and possible methods to improve innovation. What is Innovation? Innovation …

Mixed Reality and IOT

Internet of Things or IOT is the ability for devices to be connected to each other.  By being connected to everything massive amounts of useful data begins flowing in the background.  The data can be analysed and trends discovered that can help users, businesses, medical professionals, governments, and many others in their strategies and tasks.  To make the Internet of …

Everyday Uses for VR

The first use of Virtual Reality was, logically, in the games industry.  By using Virtual Reality, a user can feel like they are in a game and with tracked controller the user can navigate the VR world.  There are many other potential applications for VR outside of the gaming industry. Health Care Psychiatrists at the University of Louisville use VR …

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What is the difference between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality; and how can they benefit your business?

The real world (RW) is the world that we live in and interact with.  The Virtual World (VR) is at the other end of the spectrum to the RW.  VR is effectively the world inside of a computer and consists of lots of data with meaning (information).  Traditionally we have interacted with the Virtual World using a computer terminal where …