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Diagnosing Unexplained Product Failures
Diagnosing problems in failing products that have already been released for manufacturing can be a tricky business.
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Is There a Difference Between B2B & B2C Product Development?
Designers love to talk about the needs of the user. But what if the end user isn’t the person making the decision to buy your products?
2024 01 30 Offshore Manufacturing HERO
How to Make Offshore Manufacturing Work
When offshore manufacturing works well, it can be fast, cost-efficient, and deliver good quality. But often speed, price, or quality is sacrificed without the right vendor, relationship, and process.
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How Many Industrial Design Concepts is Too Many?
A question we get often from new clients while drafting industrial design proposals is how many concepts they’ll be reviewing in the early phases of a project.
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How To Make Polished Product Prototypes Using Everyday Shop Tools
A couple of weeks ago I did a shop presentation to share techniques I’ve developed for making models come together in a more professional way.
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Medical Device Testing: Go As Far as Possible with a Simulated Use Environment
Medical device usability testing serves different — and equally important — purposes throughout the product design process, from generative through evaluative research.
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Wet and Wild: Our Favorite Fluidics Design Challenges
Product design and manufacturing are always more challenging when the wet stuff is involved.
2023 12 08 8 Essential Prototypes HERO
Eight Essential Prototypes: The Nesting and Stacking Approach to Product Development
While a final product may appear to stand on its own, it’s actually buoyed by tiers of development. These include rounds of prototyping and testing.
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Design That Clicks: The Art and Science of Tactile Feedback
A click is a universally recognized cue that an action is complete. Here's how to get the right sound and feel.
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Calm Technology in the Era of Push Notifications
In a world of “ubiquitous computing,” how might technology communicate information without hijacking a person’s attention?
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On-Ramp to IoT: Anatomy of a Connected Product
Connecting a device to the Internet adds layers of complexity.
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Use Miller’s Law When Presenting Design Concepts
It’s not uncommon for a new client to want to see 20 or 30 concepts during the initial design phase, believing this represents better value.
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Use Hick’s Law to Design Intuitive Products That Users Love
Regardless of what you're designing, the options you present to users should be simple and straightforward.
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Applying the Pareto Principle to Product Development
The Pareto Principle is a great tool for project teams when they’re trying to decide where to focus their energy and efforts.
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Designing Consumer Robotics? Answer These Four Questions First
Convincing discerning consumers to buy a home robot isn't easy. To earn a spot in our homes and our lives, “home bots” (and those designing them) must answer four important questions.
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How Design for Misuse Creates Safer Products
Users often go rogue, using products in ways they weren’t designed to be used. Design for misuse is a way to counteract this.
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A Guide to Developing Better Product Requirements
Creating product requirements can seem like a straightforward task, but it has plenty of potential pitfalls.
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Design or Buy? 6 Tests to Tell If You Should Buy or Design That Component
More often than not, designing your cool new product relies on some new widget. You’re not sure if you should design your own or buy one from a supplier. What if there was a straightforward way to decide?
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How Root Cause Probing Improves Medical Device Design
Often, users don’t know why they made a mistake. Human Factors researches use the art of Root Cause Probing to uncover what went wrong.
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How to Use High-Fidelity Prototyping for Soft Goods
You’ve vetted your MVP design through low and medium-fidelity prototypes. Now use high-fidelity prototypes to amplify your MVP into a truly compelling offering.
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How Affordance Makes Medical Devices Safer
Affordance is the relationship between what something looks like and how it’s used. The user should be able to figure out how to use something just by looking at it.
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How to Use Low- and Mid-Fidelity Prototyping for Soft Goods
It’s important to prototype and test soft materials at various stages in the product development process.
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When to Use Soft Goods in Product Design
To develop the best version of your product, have you considered leveraging softer materials?
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Concept FMEA for Engineering During the Fuzzy Front-End of Development
The “fuzzy front end” of product development can pose some unique challenges for engineers.
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3 Product Design Best Practices to Follow
How to create a successful product – whether you're designing a product that's physical, digital, or somewhere in between.
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Four Steps to the “Right” Color in Product Design
40-90% of consumers base their buying decisions on color. Learn how to apply user-first design thinking to finding the right color in product design.
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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.
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The Role of Human Factors in Product Design
A primer on what, how and when the discipline of human factors is used in the design and development of products.
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How To Manage Product Development During a Parts Shortage
We’ve compiled some advice for those facing, or anticipating, the semiconductor shortage. These workarounds are useful when facing any kind of hardware part shortage.
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Five Tips for Moderating Remote Usability Studies
We've been doing remote research since before COVID-19, but the pandemic gave given us a great opportunity to hone our craft.
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Countdown to MDR: Are You Ready for the New EU Medical Device Regulation?
How does the new EU Medical Device Regulation relate to human factors and usability? It depends if your medical product is existing or new.
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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.
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7 Tips for Creating Compelling Presentations
At Delve, we support our clients not just through Strategy, Design and Engineering, but also with the ‘intangibles’ along the way.
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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.
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Reducing Medical Device Risk with Usability Testing: The Why, the How, and the Who
Medical devices are commonly recalled due to usability issues that can be prevented with proper usability testing during the development lifecycle.
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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.
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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.
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Video Storytelling That Breaks Through the Clutter
Video is a great way to share a story with your audience. Learn how our Visual Communications team approaches making a video that breaks through the clutter.
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Engineering in the Fun
Engineering in the fun takes a willingness to say "yes" to a user-centered vision and mastering the mechanics.
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I say “Dome of Awesome” and you say…
What's the dome of awesome? It’s that place where your expectations have been met (nay, exceeded!) and you are having a great experience throughout.
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User-centered design is on the menu
Launching a restaurant is the ultimate personal exercise in user-centered design.
2024 01 31 10 Questions Manufacturing HERO
10 Questions to Your Best Manufacturing Solution
“Do you know a place to get this made?” That’s a question we hear a lot from entrepreneurs looking for a manufacturing solution. It’s actually a very complex question.
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Were the Wright Brothers Wrong?
For many entrepreneurs and inventors, focusing on patent protection may obscure the need to keep improving your product.
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How to Leverage Aesthetic Design Trends in Product Design
When applied appropriately aesthetic design enhances the sophistication, functionality and overall value of a product. Try tuning into the following core aesthetic design trends to inspire your next creation.
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Your brand deserves a language
How do we know the difference between a designer handbag and a knockoff?
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The Viability Crevasse
Kickstarter and Indiegogo are littered with cool concepts that never hit the shelves. How can you navigate that chasm between vision and reality?
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Models and Prototypes 101
Delve's Model Shop creates a wide variety of models for concept validation and user testing. Learn more about the types of models we create.
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The Role of Virtual Prototyping in Product Development
When you have to make something where failure isn’t an option, you better make sure that it will work.
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Tips for Making Tough Design Decisions
No matter what your title is, a significant part of your job is making decisions and justifying them to others.
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The Core Principles for Creating an MVP
A Minimum Viable Product approach to product development can speed things along—if you know what you need to learn.
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Three Essential Ingredients for Tidying up Design Insights
Finding meaning is what transforms research insights into insightful tools for initiating change.
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The Six Prototypes Every Startup Needs To Make
Smart startups spend on prototypes. Different levels offer different benefits along the process journey — here are six of the most important to make.
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Deconstructing Fidelity
The more real something looks and feels, the more likely it is that you’ll receive actionable feedback to validate your design or inform your next iteration.
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From Human Factors to User Experience: What’s In A Name?
We recently changed the name of our user interface design team to Interaction Design. The latter encompasses the dynamics of a user’s interaction with a system — including the user’s perceptual, cognitive, and physical interaction with the system, as well as the system’s response to the user.
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How To Protect UI with Design Patents
User interface design patents are more important than ever. Here are tips for designers on how to make the UI patent process work for you.
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