A design consultant should be an extension of your internal efforts and we want to make this as smooth a collaboration as possible. Clear communication of roles and deliverables is key.
We quote projects in small, quick phases that minimize chance for misdirection. You're never committed to more than the current phase of work, so changes of direction aren't costly.
We clearly outline exactly what will be delivered for each phase, and for how much. Clients with whom we have long-term relationships appreciate that, and trust that we'll continue to deliver. We pride ourselves on being easy to work with.
Phase 0: Research
Product design research
Ergonomic & human factors study
Brand & product mapping
Sketching and ideation
2D and 3D form generation
Product, component, and system renderings / exploded views
Critical problem solving - functional, mechanical, technical
Aesthetic exploration / product color, graphic, and finish studies
Technical CAD surfacing within material + mfg parameters
2D and 3D specs for in-house engineering and prototyping
Structural and aesthetic packaging design
Graphic design - product graphics, packaging, icons
Mechanical design engineering
Materials and manufacturing process recommendation
DFM (Design for Manufacture)
Prototype development - CAD transfers & process management
Bills of Material and other product documentation
FEA (Finite Element Analysis), mechanical & structural analysis
Prototype-ready and tooling-ready CAD files