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Designing a product is a lengthy process. It involves a long list of steps and will usually take upwards of a year to finalise all proceedings before you get a finished version of your product in your hands. And while that’s no bad thing – after all, a lengthy design process means a better product – you can still miss out on a few design elements along the way.
Which is why we’ve put this post together. If you’re a new business owner trying to innovate a product that really works, make sure you keep the tips below in mind along the way. You wouldn’t want to forget about a crucial element that’ll really make your product soar!
There are many ways to visualise your product when you’re trying to develop it. But on the other side of this, there are also many ways to miss out on a useful visualisation technique! Adopting design techniques such as using gd&t symbols in the product's design to help convey what it is. It’s key to take your time when you’re putting a product together; you want to make as complete a picture as possible when you’re innovating something that’ll take the market by storm.
From day one concept art to the day 17 polished artwork to the day 30 3D rendering, you’ve got a lot of visual elements to accomplish here. Take it slowly, draw your product out again and again, and even use visualisation software to grant a more customisable overview of the idea you’ve got so far.
The packaging of a product is far more important than you may realise. After all, it’s the first thing a customer sees, and therefore it needs to be eye-catching at the very least. So make sure you’re paying attention to the way you develop the packaging for your product; not only does it need to look good, but it needs to be form-fitting and functional as well.
Of course, the packaging process will depend on what product you’re designing it for. For example, preroll packaging needs to be sleek and subtle, as well as child safe and odour reducing. Put some thought into the basics of the product and the customer that’ll buy it and you’ll come up with a packaging formula that’ll really work.
Then we come to the prototype stage; many small companies forget to put together a proper 3D model of the product they’re trying to sell when heading into meetings with investors and potential customers alike.
You’re aiming to create the ‘first step’ product here, to impress anyone who’s willing to either fund or buy the final version, and that won’t happen if you’ve got nothing to show for it. Above all, be sure to create a prototype. It’ll go a long way to boosting your design process, and it’s the best way to bring interested parties on board. Set yourself up for success!
Product design is often neglected in the working world. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake in your business.
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