Product Design Blogs
Thoughts and insights from the npd team.
A few weeks ago an episode of the blue planet aired on TV, featuring the damaging effects of ocean plastic and the dicipline of sustainable product design has been put at the forefront of our industry. In order to achieve change, quite often brands need their customers to vote with their wallet and this change in attitude, as consumers are educated on pollution, is bringing about real change. Brands now need to be seen to be making a shift towards true sustainability to stay in favour and marketing executives are now taking every chance to highlight their products’ green credentials.
The Zock metatarsal injury protector is the latest NPD product to be launched, soon it will be ready to buy online, but how did we go from an idea to the final product? Here is the story …
As I write this I am returning from what has turned out to be my most challenging trip to China since I first started to go there over 10 years ago.
Delayed flights, adverse weather, jet lag. These things are the norms for any long distance flight, particularly when taking domestic flights in China like I had to this time. I was used to that though, they were things I had experience of. The challenge came in having to justify why I was there to factory owners who were sceptical of my visit.
We are a few months into 2017 and we have definitely hit the ground running. Design and entrepreneurship looks to be high on the North West’s agenda and we are lucky to be involved in so many great projects, working with inspiration people and businesses.
The last decade has seen huge improvements in rapid prototyping, particularly 3D printing. costs have also reduced massively, not just on the material side but the machines themselves and are now affordable to the point that they can be brought in house.
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