Making the right choice
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.
This blog series aims to blast any myths and jargon surrounding product design. We’ll be covering topics from selecting the right consultancy and creating a brief that everyone understands, right through to scoping, setting budgets, protecting your idea, taking your product to market and beyond!
First step – find a product design consultancy for best success. It’s going to be a little like dating; you’re going to need to find a team that you can work well with, who understand what you need to fulfill this project and are able to communicate with you effectively.
When you start asking around, or you hop online to run your Google search on who best to work with, you’re going to come across a list of agencies to reach out to. Check out their ‘shop front’; what do they do? Does it even make any sense to you? If the answer is no, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and have a chat with them. Be clear if you aren’t sure about terminology. Design Consultants will be keen to genuinely understand what your product is all about. Or at least, they should be.
Here are a few pointers to get you started:
Once you’ve spoken to a selection of agencies take a moment to reflect and be clear about what each consultancy can contribute to your concept. If they outsource that’s great, but keep in mind there may be associated costs and longer development times while the project changes hands. Did you get a good feel for the consultancy, and if you met the team, did you feel you got on with them well? There’ll be a lot of conversations, so it’s important to have a good rapport with the team you select.
That should be enough to get you started in your search for the right consultancy. For any further tips or guidance, feel free to drop us a line. We’d even be happy to talk to you about your idea and lend our expertise on how to take your idea from concept to market.
// Meaning: From con- (“with, together”) + faciō (“do, make”).
// Verb: To make together, prepare, construct, produce, do thouroughly, complete, accomplish, finish, execute.
// Pronunciation: Con - fee - see - o
Conficio Product Design is a design consultancy based in Wilton, Wiltshire. Our team of engineers are dedicated to supporting both established corporations and small tech start-ups to develop exciting and bespoke products. Conficio will undertake the detailed components to your design whilst ensuring that your original idea is adhered to, we work with you to realise your goals. We require our clients to be invested in their design to ensure that we can Make Together.