1. Paint it Red

  2. The Future of Prosthetics – Product Design

    3D printing first made a serious splash in the field of prosthetics.  While it has expanded into many other categories – organ growth, surgical plans, orthodontics – prosthetics remains one of the key areas of innovation in the medical field.  In fact, some of today’s top designs are not only technologically brilliant – they demonstrate…

  3. Low Volume Rapid Manufacturing Creates Customers

    One of the main issues with low volume production is the sheer cost of doing something customized.  It would be great to produce a short run of parts to fill an inventory need that isn’t quite meeting the needs of the order, or to specialize a product for a high end client.  But in reality,…

  4. Got a Great Idea? You Need a Prototype

    If you are primarily a “design” person, taking the next step to get a prototype in place is a way to help move your dream into a reality.  If you have never considered ordering a prototype before and you feel a bit daunted, don’t be.  There are lots of important advantages to prototyping your big…

  5. New Versatility with One Simple Design Change

    Sometimes design changes can be drastic, greatly altering the look and function of a product.  A new product line might make waves because it’s a drastic departure from the norm.  There are times, though, when a small, seemingly simple change can affect the entire feel of a design.  Take the Sonos Play:1 speaker.  Their most…

  6. At the Intersection of Tech and Medicine

    Amazing developments in life science are creating serious challenges the industry has never seen before, particularly when it comes to delivering quality healthcare via pharmaceuticals, prosthetics or other biotech processes that require a lot of research and development – and industry partners.  There are some identifiable trends that will probably continue to influence the industry…

  7. Prototyping Leads to Medical Breakthroughs

    Looking at the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, there is hardly an industry that remains untouched by the design and prototyping breakthroughs we have experienced in the past decade.  While it is easy to envision prototyping as a way to create better automobiles, tech devices or work equipment, some of the most exciting…

  8. Product Designs that Change Lives

    What do you think of when you think of product design?  You probably think about fairly shallow things.  That latest cell phone design or the way a staple feels in your hand might be pleasant, but it hardly feels like a life-changing experience.  However, not every product design challenge has such goals.  Some products can…

  9. User Interface Design at the Movies

    In everyday life, people regularly utilize graphic interfaces.  Whether you’re using your smartphone to check the weather or checking the user interface on a medical device, the world has become increasingly comfortable with the interaction between technology and humans.  In filmmaking, however, designers are faced with unique challenges that one might not expect.

  10. Using 3-D Printing to Change Product Design

    A few years ago, the concept of 3D printing seemed like a novelty at best, something confined to academic research labs and the workshops of hobbyists.  However, that impression is changing rapidly.  Although 3D printing is involved in a small segment of the corporate world with only 0.03% of the global manufacturing market using them,…

  11. Anthropological Thinking in Product Design

    When you think of product design specialists, anthropologists are probably not the first profession to pop into your brain.  However, when you think about what anthropologists do, their impact on the field of product design should be obvious.  Anthropologists study human behavior across cultures and social groups, and that knowledge is invaluable when it comes…

  12. Thinking Globally

    As the economy continues to change and businesses continue to expand around the world, it becomes more important than ever for product designers to think globally.  A product that is designed for a very specific, localized market has a manageable and contained set of factors to consider, but the number of considerations for a company…

  13. What Does a Product Designer Do?

    Some job titles are pretty self explanatory.  Teachers teach students.  Garbage collectors collect garbage.  Candlestick makers make candlesticks.  At first glance, the title of “product designer” seems to fall into the same category.  What does a product designer do?  Well, they design products, silly.  Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that.  Job…

  14. Product Designs that Shaped the Modern World, Part 2

    Product designers have had a major impact on the way the modern world looks and functions.  The previous part of this article focused on the personal touch of the Macintosh, the universality of the Vespa Scooter, the capability of the escalator, the elegance of the AK-47, and the durability of the floppy disk.  This section…

  15. Product Designs that Shaped the Modern World, Part 1

    If you were to travel back in time 100 years, any city in the world would look substantially different.  Most of the changes in the visual look of the modern world can be attributed to product design development.  In 2013, CNN asked designers the world over about the most innovative and world-changing designs of the…

  16. The Importance of Listening to Clients and Consumers

    Product design doesn’t take place in a vacuum.  The designers aren’t stuck in a windowless room with drafting paper and told to come up with stuff that looks cool.  Interactivity is one of the most important parts of the development process.  Designers have to listen to the people who have asked for the product design…

  17. Let Packaging Tell Your Story

    Storytelling is a way that people share their experiences with the world.  While most of us think of movies, books, theater, and television as the medium for storytelling, it plays a vital role in business as well.  How many companies have a story that they want to tell?  Some companies may have an elaborate mythos…

  18. Four Lessons from Product Designers

    Thomas Edison famously stated, “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  The field of product design is often one of failure.  Brainstorming and testing naturally lead to some avenues that simply won’t work, and it’s important to realize the strengths and weaknesses of a design early in the process.  Fortunately,…

  19. Eight Important Elements of Design

    What does it take to be an effective product designer?  It’s hard to break it down into a simple list, but there are a few essentials that all good product design companies will include as part of their arsenal.

  20. The Battle Between Unique and Consistent

    There’s a significant challenge for all product design companies.  Every manufacturer wants their next product to stand out from the pack, be different, and wow consumers.  On the other hand, they don’t want to scare consumers away with a completely alien design.  How do designers attempt to create a unique new product while staying consistent…

  21. The Prototype Phase

    Occasionally, product design companies pop up in television shows and films.  They usually serve as a means of showing a character striking it rich by designing a wild product that no one has ever thought of.  In more than one instance, the character suffers humiliation and defeat when the fully launched product experiences a massive…

  22. How Little Changes Lead to Big Results

    A product design process doesn’t need to take place only when a brand new product is created.  Along the same lines, a new product may not need a completely unique design in order to stand out from the pack.  In many instances, some small changes to a product’s design can lead to incredibly valuable improvements,…

  23. Why is Emotion So Important in Product Design?

    Think about the last thing you bought at a store.  What was going through your mind when you bought it?  Did you do research on the various pros and cons of leading brands?  Did you examine the various components to determine the product’s overall quality?  Those things are certainly important, and that’s definitely a part…

  24. Designing with Safety in Mind

    In the field of product design, developers embrace creativity and innovation; at StudioRed, designers come up with unique, practical, and life-changing designs all the time.  As interesting as the designs can get, however, one thing that is always kept in mind is consumer safety.  In any design of a product, the safety of users, store workers,…