Why Nostalgic Design Gives You All the Feels

Design of anything is certainly an art, coupled, in the case of product design, with science and technology, tested for what it looks like, what if feels like, how it works, and if the customer really wants it. But what is it about retro or vintage design that really grabs our attention?

Flying Cars Ready for Take Off – 4 Design Opportunities for the Future of Travel?

We’ve been keeping a close eye on eVTOL’s (electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft), hydrogen powered planes, personal drone technology, autonomous air vehicles and beyond. We even love a personal jet pack, let’s be honest!

It’s Not Robotics. It’s Art.

The stunning art installation named ‘Can’t Help Myself’, more latterly re-named ‘Couldn’t Help Myself’, was created by Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu. Commissioned for the Guggenheim Museum, this piece is based on a Kuka robot, situated in a shallow pool of blood-like water.

Climate Change, COP and Conscientious Design

This November saw COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference 2021, take place in Glasgow. This is a forum where governments from the world over, gather to make agreements on how to truly make a difference when it comes to climate change.

It has been widely noted that the agreements in place with objectives which use 2035 as a deadline for change, action and results, aren’t looking as achievable as many had first thought, and that we perhaps need to take a moment, and have a rethink.

Design for Life – Sustainable Design from Cradle to Grave

As we draw this blog series to a close we turn our focus to the epicentre of this topic – a subject super close to our design hearts, sustainable design, that seeks to provide a genuine end to end cradle to grave solution.

Design for Life – Product Design, Automotive, Commuting & the Future of Travel

Next up in our ‘Design for Life’ series we take a look at how the elusive daily commute, automotive and travel in general, has been influenced by stand-out product design. The influence of product design on the future of travel, will likely be one of the most significant developments, with an impact we will all likely benefit from.

Design for Life – Health & Wellness Product Design

Installment number three of our ‘Design for Life’ series hones in on how product design has helped aid our fitness and wellness journey, and takes a short tour of some of the more recent innovations to hit the market.

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 Life – 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.

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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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!

Cineboda Mobile Cinema Set Up in Action

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.

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?