Industrial Design

Our experts do a lot of thinking. Here's the latest to unlock your potential.
Best innovations 2022 hero
Biggest Innovations in 2022 That Influenced Product Design
A coffee pod system without a plastic pod. Headphones that read your mind. A touch-sensitive prosthetic hand. Check out the biggest innovations to influence product design in 2022.
HERO product design best practices
Product Design Best Practices to Follow
What is product design? Do you really know what it means?
2022 06 23 Waterfall Comparison Graphic falling web
2021's Top 10 Innovation and Product Design Posts
In 2021 you devoured blogs about looking at old problems in new ways, unlocking your professional potential, and creating products that change the world for the better.
Four steps HEADER Collor Of Design Repost 01 1
Four Steps To “the Right” Color in Product Design
We developed a color selection methodology that applies user-first design thinking to finding the right color in product design.
The future of medtech wearables
Four Ways to Win the Future of MedTech Wearables
Soaring demand for wearables has created a market saturated with the things—prompting an 18.1 percent year-over-year growth worldwide, according to Gartner.
Face shields social impact design web
How to design for positive, humanity-scale impact
A simple open-sourced design had a massive social impact—40 million face shields were produced for front-line workers fast and without expensive tooling investments.
12 Article Poster Staples H1
How are staples made?
It’s not easy keeping it together under pressure. Yet these little marvels do it every day tens of thousands of times over. Do you know how staples are made?
INLINE Jobs Blog
Use ‘Jobs, Outcomes, and Constraints’ To Exploit the Pause Between Research and Ideation
The 'Jobs, Outcomes, and Constraints' method lets you move into ideation knowing that you're working from something more than a hunch.
15 Leadership Bio Mackey Eric
Meet our new Director of Industrial Design
Eric Mackey, Delve's new Director of Industrial Design, isn't one to design within the lines.
HEADER DF Mnew
Design for Manufacturing: 7 Things Every Designer Should Know
Designers and engineers share responsibility for design for manufacturing (DFM), or designing products for optimized manufacturing ease and cost.
Face shield delivery
Affordable PPE for the developing world
The Badger Shield has shown that a distributed supply chain can create massive quantities of effective and cost-effective personal protective equipment (PPE) in a short time. Can this model translate to the developing world if COVID-19 cases start to rise in African, SE Asian and Latin American urban centers?
Face Shield on Mannikin for Banner
Face shield designs to fill the gap
We are all feeling a little helpless in the face of COVID-19. We are looking for ways to help. Face shield shortages are putting health workers at risk.
Nirmal rajendharkumar s W Drhwviek A unsplash
How you can help design succeed
Over the years, there have been designers still young in their careers that have come to me looking for advice and ideas of what to do next. They’ve all told me their tales of woe about how design is just not respected or understood where they work. And this, of course, coincides with their (and design’s) struggle to find a solid footing within the organization.
Code jumper
CES 2020: Day two
Our team spent the second day of CES at Tech West, home base for health, wellness, home, wearable and fitness technology. It's also the hub for Eureka Park, where the scrappy startups vie for attention of venture capitalists and potential partners.
12 Article Makerfaire 2019 5
Making something awesome
I’d like to take the time and opportunity to reflect on our experiences at the Madison Mini Maker Faire and talk about each of the wonderful projects our team at Delve has been able to put together to share with the public, while hopefully inspiring young minds to be open and grow.
12 Hammond Cyber Truck H1
Cybertruck, schmeibertruck…
I, for one, am pretty excited that Elon Musk is bringing his 1980s sci-fi movie dreams to life.
12 Article Poster recycle
Will it recycle?
Have you ever considered what happens to the materials you put into the recycling bin after they are picked up from your curb?
Anthropomorphic feature
How Anthropomorphic Form Shapes Product Design
Humans are drawn to anthropomorphic form in product design. Here's how industrial and interaction designers can use this as a tool.
Circular enable dd HEADER Circular Econ
How Does Product Design Enable the Circular Economy?
For the circular economy to work, we need system-wide innovation, and that will require rethinking and redefining our products and services.
Goodbye Industrial
Goodbye Industrial, Hello Design
I’d prefer to never say words Industrial Designer again.
Military grade HEADER Mil Spec
Designing Military-Grade Products: The What, Why, and How
With the growing demand for rugged design across sectors, product developers need help figuring out when to accommodate military specifications.
Mapping dd HEADER DD Mapping
How to Use “Mapping” To Determine the Design of Your Controls
Good mapping makes products easier and more intuitive to use. Done well, it can create a powerful connection between a product and its users.
Hierarchy of needs feature
What Does 'Hierarchy of Needs' Mean To Product Designers?
How can product designers apply Maslow's theory of human motivation to their work? A design won't succeed if it doesn't meet users' most basic needs.
HEADER Nudge
What’s a ‘Nudge’ in Product Design?
Nudge is a concept rooted in behavioral science that describes how minor changes in product design can markedly affect individual behavior.
HEADER Click 01 01
Design That Clicks: The Art and Science of Tactile Feedback
A click is a universally recognized cue that an action is complete. Seeing is believing, but feeling is knowing. Here's how to get the right sound and feel.
06 Article Michael Vr Prototyping A
VR: From “Dactyl” to practical
I had my first virtual reality (VR) experience at an arcade called Aladin’s Castle located in the Brookfield Square Mall in suburban Milwaukee in 1991.
06 Article Eva Doors
Is this on brand?
The San Francisco team has been enthusiastically involved in the design of our new space
06 Article Soliva Ix D Collab H1
Four ways to work more collaboratively with interaction designers
Designing appliances increasingly involves and interaction design component. How do you integrate this skill into your development process effectively?
Cocreation HEADER2 01
The Why, How, and When of Co-Creation During the Product Development Process
Co-creation in the design world might take several forms, but most often it's in the form of a moderated co-workshop that brings together designers, users, and client stakeholders.
If You Could Redesign Anything, What Would It Be?
Fifteen products and experiences we're eager to redesign for better function, usability, connectivity, appearance, technology, and quality of interactions.
HEADER whatisid
Industrial Design’s Past, Present, & Future: The Evolution of a Profession
Vice President of Design Mathieu Turpault reflects on major changes in industrial design in the last 25 years and predicts where it's headed.
12 Article Bettman Blog Receiver H1
Just one touch and I knew ...
I have this distinct memory from my childhood: I’m lying on my stomach, propped up on my elbows, cozied up in yellow and orange-ish shag carpet. Dust floats lazily through a sunbeam that peeks through the heavy velour curtains. A clock ticks steadily but softly from the other side of the room. My right hand is rotating the large machined aluminum tuning knob on my grandfather’s hi-fi tuner – back and forth, back and forth.
06 Article Dorr Aesthetic Trends
Understanding and using emerging aesthetic design trends
While there are many different types of trends you can and should reference throughout the new product design and development process including macro, consumer and industry, aesthetic design trends may be some of the harder nuts to crack.
12 Article Soliva Switch
The Good Enough Design of the Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch has a lot of great features, but the modular design leads to some clunky compromises. Ultimately, does it matter?
Women design better HEADER womans
7 Ways To Design Better Products for Women
How do you design better products for women? Our female researchers, designers & engineers compiled 7 ideas for individuals and companies to consider.
12 Article Verhalen Vbl
Your brand deserves a language
How do we know the difference between a designer handbag and a knockoff?
12-Article-Lutz-H1
Favorite Things: Diptyque Philosykos Solid Perfume
As product designers, Design Concepts staff are always looking at the things that surround them with an eye for the exceptional.
12-Article Darley SuckUpTearDown-H1
Suck up ... tear down
A neighbor of mine left this stunning post-war (~1950) Electrolux XXX at their curb. I snatched it, immediately hoping to convert it to a table lamp. I was blown away by the industrial design and the workmanship.
Handheld hurt header hand2
Designing Handheld Devices That Don’t Hurt
What's behind the lack of useful thumb-reach and hand-grip data for designers of handheld devices, and how can designers gather their own?
Target practice
I’ve played squash since I was a teenager.
12-Article-Joncich-Gaming-H1
Game on: The best of the boards
What can I say; I’m a bit of nerd when it comes to board games.
Embracing the Old School
I love to BBQ! I’m not talking a Sunday afternoon burgers on the grill. I’m talking pork shoulder, ribs and brisket. The kind of food you have to cook low and slow for hours over smoke-infused fire.
12-Article Kallsen-Details-H1
Details, details, details ...
Living in Wisconsin I find that I need to have a certain mindset to embrace the change of seasons and prepare for the inevitable cold and snow that will eventually blanket the Midwest. Typical annual rituals for me involve putting snow tires on the car, winterizing the lawn mower and digging the snow blower out of the shed.
Design artists header 211
Why Designers Are Not Artists
Making a difference and calling attention to important issues through design is more achievable once designers get over the fact that they're not artists.
201404 dominos1
Working Toward Sustainable Medical Device Design
'Our healthcare system is unsustainable.' People who say this are usually speaking in terms of cost. But it’s also true in terms of medical device design.