Over 500 successful products, in many categories.
Our passionate yet pragmatic approach has helped hundreds of companies create profitable products that users love.
Our product portfolio below provides a snapshot of the expertise we can bring to your next design idea.
Our experience with commercial, industrial, optical and telecom equipment design spans phone sets, network equipment, projection systems, radio systems and more. We understand the challenges, including: enclosure geometry, decorative treatments, heat dissipation, stress effects, optics, electromagnetic shielding, regulatory-safety compliance, component manufacture and assembly.
The cost driven retail sector requires deep knowledge in many areas. We help clients to quickly find solutions to the next great product. Our team designs product for many market segments bringing quality, durability and a wow factor to the designs. We then help clients commercialize their idea connecting them with reliable manufacturers to source, build and ship their new products around the world.
Wearable Intelligence and vitals monitoring has become part of our daily lives. A deep understanding of biometrics, kinematics and ergonomic realities of the human body and cognitive behavior are necessary to design product for this category. Our electronics design team has the experience to help clients find usable and convenient on-body solutions that can be tested and optimized to provide users with a great product experience.
Connected Office Products
Smart phones will drive ever more increasing intelligent interactivity between the humans communicating with each other and their smart environment. Our design team is working on the latest hardware for new enabling software applications, helping companies find product solutions for the ‘Internet of Things’.
Connected IoT Products
The work and home environments are blurring together and the cloud centralized storage of all data in one place with convenient access is driving new products. Our design team is working on the latest innovations in hardware and embedded software applications helping companies create more efficient home environments.
Our expert product design and engineering team makes sure your product design goes smoothly and meets the target requirements. From the initial ideas to the detailed analysis and prototyping, we understand the requirements of use, materials and safety that influence a product in the medical and healthcare fields. Our commercialization team is connected and have set up simple effective FDA and Health Canada audit and reporting systems.
Rugged Outdoor Products
Mother Nature has no mercy when it comes to selecting the wrong material or water ingress deterrent strategy. Our team has 25 years of experience in outdoor product and we have designed hundreds of components and assemblies that live in extreme hot and cold environments that are exposed to a variety of chemicals and change pressure, temperature and humidity. Only a well-designed product will survive over many years to these types of exposure. We routinely assist CSA and UL certifications.
Marketing Support Products
Design 1st offers an array of product marketing support services that integrate both our business knowledge and product design capabilities. The visual stimulus we create includes product color and finish selection, photorealistic renders, technical images, video, labels, graphics, logos, packaging, manuals and tradeshow support materials. The goal is to help convey your new product idea in an exciting and professional way and prepare the product artworks for initial production.
Creating a unique prototype that works as if it was a real product is difficult to design and engineer and can be expensive to create. We are experts in design, material and finish selection for one-off and low volume custom assemblies that have to meet expectations of potential buyers and users in real environments. Clients use these prototype assemblies for tradeshows, client presentations that allow users and buyers to experience the new ‘WOW’ factor. These ‘One-Off’ products are generally the only product that is ever built and the projects are done on time and on budget.
Instruments are rugged product intended for use indoors and outdoors by professionals. This requires knowledge of engineering, materials, manufacturing processes, sensors, reliability, and many other categories. It takes an expert and diverse design team to come up with viable product concepts that are engaging to users and meet a variety of tough challenging and conflicting requirements. Clients rely on us for rugged indoor and outdoor tools and electronics to satisfy their customers requirements. Some instruments are set in place and have to perform reliably for many years so expectations of reliability are very high. We make sure our designs are followed up with good part specifications and quality audit documentation to ensure the engineering intent is transferred to the manufacturing floor.
Mechanical and Robotic
Machine design requires knowledge of both structure and motion. We have experience in moving paper thru high speed roller paths, baths, heaters and alignment mechanisms. We help clients with their UAV designs. We help clients with motion rides that require appealing structures to the audience and reliable to the high shock environments. Companies that test products in manufacturing require a variety of jigs and fixtures and come to us to have these developed.