Understanding the Different Types of Product Design
Product design and prototyping go hand in hand. The difference between these two is very simple, and that is the product designed by one group of designers and prototyped by another team of designers. One team usually uses CAD software (Computer Aided Design Software), and the other team uses prototyping tools. There are many benefits to using both methods of product design and prototyping.
Most products are large in size and have a large number of different features. This means that there will need to be a large number of designers for each different feature. Each designer has their own skill set, and a set of experiences that they can bring to the project. This leads into the second benefit of the product design process; there needs to be a large variety of experiences within each team for each feature of the product. A good team will be made up of many different skill sets and backgrounds.
Many companies try and do their product designs themselves. This is not only time consuming, but very expensive. This is why many companies use outside product designer companies that they can work with during the product design services and prototyping stages. These companies will come in and help with the initial concept and idea, and then once the idea is solid, they can start working on the product designs. These companies will also be able to give you feedback on your progress, which will help the company continue to develop the product design services and prototyping process.
Most companies take a major role in the whole product design process and will have a lot of input. Often companies will take a very strict approach and say, “We only want to go with this if this is what we think the customer will like.” Then the product designer will start to develop the prototype, and it could go to a few different engineers, designers, and even industrial makers. All of these different players will play a major role in the overall process of developing the prototype. During the prototyping stage the main focus will be on the functionality of the product design and ensuring that it is a good representation of the end product.
Product design can also involve information architecture. Information architecture is the process of mapping information from design to consumers and back again. Information architecture is used to map out all of the key points in the product design and then connect the dots between all of the key points. The end result will be a user experience designed around the information architecture that all of the critical points are tied into. When designing an information architecture for a new product, there are many things to keep in mind, such as how users will be able to find and access the information they need to make a good buying decision.
CAD Design is another key ingredient in the product design process. CAD designers are those that create the CAD models that engineers will use to construct the final product. CAD designers use computer-aided design (CAD) software to construct the actual physical product that will be constructed. There are two parts to the CAD design process. First, the designers will create the initial (top) model, and then they will refine it (lower) before they turn it into a high-resolution (ultra-high) image. This process is called modeling and it is typically done in conjunction with the concept phase.
From the modeling stage, the (actual) product designs are conceptualized. In the CAD design process, the designers will begin to develop concept views and physical product designs based on the concepts that they have developed in the modeling stage. After this is done, it is time for the physical prototype to be constructed using the CAD drawings and prototypes are tested to ensure their quality and functionality.
All of these different types of product design programs and stages can take a long time to complete. This is why many organizations have started to use Quick Product Development (QPD) to speed up the production process, especially on the technical aspects of the project. However, Quick Product Development is not appropriate for all types of product development projects, so it is important that you determine which types of product design are best for your organization and then determine which ones are most suitable for the type of project that you have.