Do’s and Don’t in Product Designing

In the beginning of the project it was good because the design was clear to all. However, the new design was changed twice which confuses the design team and made them weary of continuing the project. The marketing team pre-printed some brochures though they are worried of the outcome. The sales team found out that they lost commissions, they passed the blame to the design team. When the people in management knew this they gnashed their teeth and in anger rained down memorandums in the company for the reason that their budget is running over.

Sounds familiar right? You might think that functionality is the main purpose of a product but the design of the product also plays a vital role. Although the process in design does not always run well and there are major things that needs to be fixed. The things below are the Deadly Sins of Product Design which you must avoid in order to keep your design beautiful and in line with its purpose:

Tunnel-Vision: Keeping up with a need while creating another one

A good concept in design certainly solves a problem and meets a need. It seems so easy to make a design but the important thing is you have to make one which will not create another problem. An example could be a pair of hedge clippers. Putting a safety lock into the cutters will solve any potential problem. However the user of the scissors should avoid the lock to slip into its original position which locks the scissors so he needs to hold it in a certain way which might not be too comfortable for the user. Be watchful on the design since it greatly affects the purpose of the product.

Glitter: Nice design but costly and impossible to make

Any person that loves designing products wants to have that brainstorming environment where spontaneity and art abound. Making new concepts of design is fun and not a boring one. You can have fun in design making but you need to stick with your goal and that is to make a good design. Generally, product companies go to design firms for the design of their products, however these design firms do not have technical expertise. In the end of it you will find that the beautiful designs that you have made are impossible to produce or they are very costly to make. Thus, it is important to know your budget and resources and use them wisely.

Imperceptiveness: The failure to produce a design that meets the user need.

The user should be comfortable of the design of the product. See ergonomics as well as human factors and study on how your product will be used by the users. Learn to know the requirements of the user. Ask the users to know what are their thoughts of the product. You need to study how will the user go with the product and note the efficiency of the product with each use. The method is good specially when you are planning to redesign a product or make a competitive product in the market. Good designs are those that have good aesthetics which users admire but actually they do not know about its efficiency. If the product will be more on design then it will result in the frustration of the user and the product will be short lived. Make your designs simple so that you can make the functionality of your product at its fullest.

Safety: A mixture of ideas for users safety

You will find many kinds of great ideas on the market but if you want to outshine those ideas you have to be unique. Stun the consumers with your great stuff that you made for them. Prior to making a new design for your product, analyze first the competition in the market. Make your research and know the likes and dislikes of the users who use that particular product and find ways on how you can make the product better. Add some features from other industries and create some ideas to make your product more appealing. See what are the trends in the industry right now and know how you can incorporate your ideas to come up with the next-big-thing. Show the consumers on how well your product is over the competition in the market.

Transience: Designing for today and for the future

If you get the current condition then its fine to make a design for the present. But come to think of the products that changed the world since they were not only made for the present but also for the future such as cell phones, coffee makers, computers, etc. If you want to make a good design then you need have to see the future. Do not be contented with your present good, look for ways on how you can improve your user-product interaction. Think 5 years from now and figure out what would it be. What could be the changes in the user requirements during that time? Where else can be your product be used? Can your product be used for a new purpose? Is there new technology available for your new design?

Egomania: Designing only for the sake of the design

The problem with search for ways to make our design good is that we want to make it look cool and fix those points but really not solving the problem. You need to meet the need first before going to the design. You will have the design as you continue to develop your product. You might find great designs as the one that equates to the success of the product but true success of the product means the product meets or exceeds the user requirements.

Distraction: Fixing the wrong problem

Designing a material needs time to come up with a unique art. However, you need to have control from your fluidity. Usually as the design of the product evolves, there are things that are discovered and things are fixed. This is the most useful part in the process of creation-but you have to use this well. You need to focus your attention always to the original design scope. Do not let your design affect the functionality of your product else you will not end with your product. Return to roots of it and ask yourself why the design is needed for the product. Let’s take for example the new air actuated corkscrew. What the designers have discovered was the problem is not the design of the corkscrew but how to get the cork from the bottle. Rather than making a new cork screw the designers just made the air pump corkscrew to solve the issue. By that example, we can learn that the wise thing to do is to be simple in our designs.

Ostomy Supplies and Products

Finding the right ostomy system is crucial for your health, confidence and product wear-time. You can spend months in research and still remain uncertain about the choices you made. Ostomy Software offers a trusted solution you can rely on. It helps you find the most suitable ostomy products by taking into consideration your stoma size and shape, type of ostomy, personal needs, preferences and body features.

Ostomy Software by JDBS brings years of experience and knowledge and fills an existing gap in the ostomy care world. Its powerful engine searches thousands of ostomy products to find the system that best suits your needs. Ostomy Software shows comparable products between different manufacturers! It gives product numbers and pictures to help the users place their orders or request samples.

Ostomy Software performs 5 major tasks:

– Finds One or Two-piece Ostomy Systems

– Finds comparable products between different manufacturers

– Finds different types of pouches to fit a particular flange

– Searches for products by product numbers/codes

– Provides exhaustive product and feature knowledge

1. Ostomy Software will help you make an intelligent choice.

o It is often the case that, after surgery, new ostomates are given only a few products from the hospital to keep them going until they find a supplier. These are usually products from only one particular manufacturer and from only one product line. They are “general products”, designed to fit vast majority of patients and not suited to patient’s type of ostomy, body shape, skin sensitivity and preference. Many new ostomates are left with the impression that, this is the only choice they have. The products hospitals give away are often products given to them by sales representatives and usually represent one single brand.

o There are literally thousands of ostomy products on the market. Most of the retailers selling ostomy supplies do not specialize in ostomy and often have little or no information on various manufacturers, product lines, features etc.

Ostomy Software is here to fill this gap! In an easy and accurate manner it provides the user with profound product knowledge and opportunity to test a large variety of products from various manufacturers and product lines. Ostomy products can vary in brand, type, shape, size, colour, material, opening, filtering and body attachment system. Ostomy Software explores all of these options and lets you choose the unique products to best suit your personal preferences.

2. Ostomy Software lets you choose your appliances from the convenience of your own home.

If you feel uneasy discussing your personal needs or problems with a pharmacist, home health care professional or a customer service representative, Ostomy Software is the perfect tool for you. It will save you time, money, energy and potentially embarrassing moments.

3. Ostomy Software has a powerful engine designed to do the entire research and matching work for you. It is extremely easy to use.

Ostomy software will ask you questions before determining the correct product(s). It will then give you the manufacturer’s product code(s) and show a picture of the product(s). This way you can simply call your retailer, give the product number and either ask for samples or place an order. Ostomy Software can be easily used even by people with little computer skills.

4. Ostomy Software gives you the option to choose from among the many product lines offered by Hollister, ConvaTec and Coloplast.

Every manufacturer has different product lines designed to better respond to differences in body shape, age, skin sensitivity, individual taste, etc. In many cases patients are familiar with only one of the manufacturer’s product lines and are unaware of the choices they have.

5. Ostomy Software has a built-in “smart matching system” which finds for you comparable products from among different manufacturers.

If you currently use or intend to use the products of one manufacturer, the software will suggest and give you the product numbers for comparable products from other manufacturers, which you might want to try as well. This way you can call your retailer and ask for samples.

6. Ostomy Software will keep you up to date with the latest on the market.

We offer to all our customers regular software updates and upgrades. This way we keep you current with the latest products, product trends and developments.

Personal Productivity Tips – 3 Ways to Improve Personal Productivity

For today’s busy professionals, productivity is everything. With deadlines looming, product launches coming at us left and right, and a never-ending list of work to complete, it’s absolutely essential to get that work done at the right pace, with the right mindset and to the right level of quality.

There are hundreds of methods out there to improve personal productivity, but all too often they involve sacrificing work quality or lifestyle to achieve. These three tips are completely different.

They’re not about churning out bad work at breakneck speed, they’re about maximizing work speed and quality.

Personal Productivity Tip #1: Use mini to-do lists to boost output.

Sometimes you need affirmation and confirmation that you’re getting work done. By writing simple to-do lists for yourself, you can give yourself a visual confirmation of the amount of work that you’ve achieved, and clearly lay out what you still need to complete.

Try it for yourself — simply make a short list of items on a piece of paper and tick them off as you complete each milestone. Try to keep each list under five items, for too many will cause you to procrastinate and put off work.

Personal Productivity Tip #2: Work at your peak hours.

Sometimes we just don’t feel like working. For some people, there’s a daily cycle of activity, work quality, and personal motivation.

Instead of trying to change these behaviors, it’s often best to work with them. Find your peak working hours and work within them to maximize your productivity and output.

Personal Productivity Tip #3: Don’t use too many tools.

There are hundreds of tools out there that promise to increase personal productivity, but very few of them really do.

Sure, you may speed up some aspects of your work, but more often than not you end up investing too much time in the tool to see any benefit.

Pick and choose your productivity aids carefully, and don’t invest too much of yourself in the assistance of productivity tools.