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Product Design Glossary

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Product design can seem confusing if you’ve never had interaction with it before, with many phrases used by product designers regarding the design stages and process, it can seem overwhelming. Here is a simple and basic glossary of just some of the terms used in product design to help gain a better understanding of the terminology.


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Aerodynamic – Designed to be optimised for air flow

Aesthetic – Describing the look of something

Branding – Marketing techniques used for a particular product, to create it into a brand

CAD – Computer aided design software, enables you to create detailed drawings of potential products

Composition – Putting together different parts to form something complete

Concept – An early idea of a product, more often still in sketch or drawing form

Design – To invent, sketch, plan, draw or make something

Design brief – A statement outlining goals to be met within the design

Eco – Design – Design that considers the environment and nature at the forefront of it’s idea.

GUI – Graphic user interface

Industrial Design – Where aesthetics and usability come together for products which may be improved through marketing and production

Mockup – Essentially a draft of a design whether full scale or not, it allows the user to evaluate and demonstrate the design

Prototype – Functional model of the design

Product strategy – Determining the market, context and money needed to invest in such a product

Rendering – A 2D image of the design, often put into CAD software to also create a more realistic version of the design.

Sustainable design – A design using products that have little or no impact on the environment or the future social environment.

Typography – The art of text, involving point size, typefaces and line spacing

Usability – Determining how usable the product will be for users







How to achieve the best in product design

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Product Design

As the technology advances, especially in the field of computer technology, there are more products being designed to be used in the field of computers. You may be willing to venture into product design to meet some needs in the field. That can be a good idea because there is wide market, provided you design a product that will meet some specific needs that are not well utilised in the market already. Different products that you may see in the market that are used in different levels of computer technology were once designed by individuals who had an idea just like the one you may have. For you to achieve the best in product design you need to take the following factors into consideration.


1.Budget on which to work on for you to achieve your design

For any design that you may think of to be successful you need to spend some amount in doing research about the given product and on buying materials to be used in the design. You will need to travel from one place to another while carrying out the design. This can be with an aim of obtaining the necessary information or to do more research. In product design you need to work with models where you will need to display to people the working of your project. These models will require you to spend some money. For you to avoid being strained in the project try and plan a budget on which to work on, to avoid cases where you will end up running short of money for other things that are important in life.


2. Doing research concerning the product

For you to achieve the best out of the product that you are about to design you need to do some research on the product with characteristics almost similar to what you are about to design. This is necessary for you to avoid cases where you will end up designing a product and you are faced with charges due to piracy. In doing research you need to identify similar products and try to make your product an improvement.


3. Working on a time schedule

It is highly advisable for you to decide on a time schedule for you to work on. This is necessary to avoid taking too much time to complete a project. Remember the products especially in the field of computer technology are changing drastically. You may design a product and if you delay, other products will be designed with more superior quality than yours. This will make yourself look inferior within the shortest time which will disadvantage you in getting enough market for your product. It is advisable to release a product within the shortest time possible and try to improve it with time. This will enable you maintain customers as they will like to have an improvement in the product that they already have.

Product Design Round Up

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There are some amazing product design and ideas out there, from cool and quirky, to pure genius bespoke designs. Here is our latest round up of product designs from around the globe.

15+ Beautiful And Clever Products Design

From functional and beautiful wine racks, to a multi purpose lamp, it’s all here. Product design is getting more and more innovative yet challenging. People will often go for more well designed pieces to fit within their home, not only due to the one off designs, but because they can also be a conversation starter when guests come round.

See the inspirational designs here from touchey.com


17 Cool Product Design Ideas

If you’re looking to make your home more interesting, then look no further than some of these products. If you’re perhaps on more of a budget, but want to spark some interest in your home, some of these product designs will get you interested in creating a more interesting feel to your home.

See the gallery here from sloganmaker.net


20 Awesome Products And Design Ideas

If you’re looking for a more quirky way of relaxing in your home, then take a look at some of these functional designs. From rest spaces, to interesting desk designs that integrate ways of creating maximum space in your home.

See the designs here from nedhardy.com



Finally, if you’re looking for a guide on the good and the bad, of product design, these guide gives some great tips on what to steer clear of.

See the guide here

How Many Stages Does The Product Design Process Comprise Of?

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For anyone who is sitting in an office right now, they will discover that almost everything object surrounding them went through the process of product design. At some point, most of the nearby equipment, whether it is the mug that holds their coffee or the telephone they use to make calls or just about any other product, all started out as a concept. Before any company introduces a product, firs they flesh it out via research, then they draw up designs, then they test prototypes for functionality. Eventually, they launch their product onto the market through a campaign, regardless of how big or small it may be.

As complex and involved as the process known as product design may be, it comprises of the following four key stages:


After conceiving an idea, the customer has to be identified by the team behind the product. This includes determine who may be want the product, who may be interested in using the product, and whether similar products already available in the market. Similar items and systems, along with their design, materials, manufacturing process, and targeted customer are analyzed through market research. Although market research is essential required before product designs are drawn, but additionally, it also helps inform and guide any efforts involving marketing, selling and launching a product.

Designing, Engineering, & Prototyping

Once market research provides a concept with a firmer foundation, then a design is developed by the engineers as a part of the second stage of product design. First, they use drawings and 3D computerized models to produce this design and eventually, they produce it physically as well. The physical design that is produced as a result is known as the prototype, which is precisely almost similar to the end product. Although they may not use identical materials, they make sure that the performance of the prototype is as close to that of the end product as possible. In the past, it would take a lot of time to create an initial model and prototype. However, process has become far more efficient and moves along a lot quicker because of 3D design software and printing, and plastic injection molding techniques.


When it comes to product design, one of the eventual goals is to reproduce the end product in mass. In the previous decades, when manufacturers did not pay much attention to design for manufacturability, as a result, they could not reproduce a product or system that was developed by engineers. As a result, not only a lot of time, but a considerable amount of money was wasted. This is why documentation is an integral stage in the process and is an essential step towards manufacturing. This ensures that all the drawings and files needed to manufacture the item are compiled and organised.


In any product design effort, successfully making a product available in the market, on time, is the ultimate goal and the final stage of the process. However, there may be a variation in who is marketing the product. For instance, contract manufacturers adopt the product design model because are serve as a producer for an external client, while most of the funds and time are put into marketing and sales by the client. Similarly, the full process can be executed by a designer or manufacturer, from the beginning with a simple concept and conducting market research through marketing and selling the product.

It can be quite daunting to develop a product, but it can be far easier for those who know the basic steps and are aware of the key stages of product design.

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3D printing has the ability to change the way we look at product design, and the way it can be done. 3D printing is only really at it’s starting point, with so many possibilities and outcomes. We decided to take a look at the latest news surrounding the amazing technology, to see what is currently being produced. Check out the latest news round up here.


These 3D Printed Mobiles Will Blow Your Mind

These mobiles were made by using mathematical equations to create intricate shapes and detail, and were then printed, with some of them having hundreds of parts to them.

Read the full story here: 3D Printed Mobiles Will Blow Your Mind


The Next Frontier in 3D Printing Is Pizza

Feeling peckish? Well the next step in printing could possibly be food. NASA is currently investing into this technology, to hopefully change the way of food in space, as well as here on Earth.

Read the full story here: The next frontier in 3D Printing is Pizza.


3D printed guns are going to create big legal precedents

By now many of us will have heard of the creation of a gun using a 3D printer. This project design has caused some major controversy, over the safety of this technology, how easy is it going to be for people to create their own firearms?

Read the full story here: 3D printed guns are going to create big legal precedents.

One day it will be possible to 3D-print a human liver

Medical research is always improving thanks to technological advances. Scientists now believe that in the near future it may be possible to print human tissue. This could mean a break through in research as medical scientists will be able to test new drugs on these.

Read the full story here: One day it will be possible to 3D print a human liver

As you can see, there are many ways of incorporating product design, and many new ways of producing designs using advanced technology that we never thought would be possible.