posted on 16 Sep 2013 03:12 by orlandoharris230
Product design requires creativity, experience and, if you are going to be building the product yourself, a substantial amount of technical understand how.

The process of product design begins with the need of a complete understanding of what's needed. Requirements gathering is a very distinct skill - sometimes the customer has a great idea, but it takes experience to understand the way it can be improved, tweaked and slightly changed to make it even better. Very occasionally, it's the job from the product designer to allow the customer know that the idea they have just will not work. again, this ability includes skill, judgement and experience and may save the company vast amounts of money!

Product design could be as simple as updating an existing product to really make it better, or beginning with scratch on a completely novel idea which exists only in someones mind. These are often distinct roles and never exactly the same skill set. A good example of product improvement would be Dyson's bagless vacuum - a massive step up from something that have been around for decades before within the same form.

The steps in product development are as follows:

Specification - a detailed and thorough understanding of exactly what the customer requires, and just what will be achieved. All details have to be thought about.
Clarification - in line with the specification, it is always smart to change the scope at this stage if required, for example according to budget or deadline constraints.
Agreement or signoff - it is vital to get signoff from the specification and the scope from the project to make sure both sides know precisely what is required.
Patent review - with new product development, when the product continues to be specified, an intensive patent search is required to make sure that no other patents is going to be infringed. It may also be appropriate to file for your personal patent to protect the brand new idea.
A development plan is then required, detailing the exact steps and deadlines that will be worked to.
Once all of these planning stages have been taken care of and signoff has been given, the actual product can commence.
It is always worthwhile working closely with the customer and letting them see exactly how the work is going there are no surprises after the work - the job can be tweaked in the process.
A prototype will be produced early on within the product design and development phase and again, this ought to be used as the basis for further discussions and possibly even commence user testing, based upon the type of product, prototype produced.
At some stage the merchandise design will be complete and the product will be made. Sign off is required to draw a line under the product development.
After sign from the development stage, the product can go into production and in the product design, the cycle starts again to make sure that the development of the product is really a continuous cycle of improvement.