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How to write an effective design brief for your project

How to write an effective design brief for your project

The design brief is the foundation of any project. A good design brief saves development time, mitigates risk, and reduces costs. It clarifies the requirements, roadmap, and goals of your project and is beneficial for communication between your design agency and manufacturers/suppliers.

Kickstarter Tips & Advice

Kickstarter Tips & Advice

For small start-ups and entrepreneurs bringing a product to market can be a daunting and complicated endeavor, but it doesn’t need to be. Here we give tips and advice.

Industrial design portfolio tips and application advice

Industrial design portfolio tips and application advice

We see that some talented students have trouble presenting themselves and their work. Therefore we created this post to share our tips and preferences. We hope that this information will help you to get accepted into our studio. (or somewhere else… ūüėČ

How to bring your new product to market

How to bring your new product to market

Not all our clients know that there are several different ways to develop and bring your product to market. In a lot of cases, there are already similar products. If the manufacturer is Asian, they are often happy to produce a similar...

Intellectual Property: The Full Guide

Intellectual Property: The Full Guide

Many clients struggle with the question of what they need to do in order to protect intellectual property (IP). To provide some useful insights we have created this article, including tips, links, and example documents.Disclaimer:...

Visit Qingdao

Visit Qingdao

In August, our design team visited Qingdao, China. During the visit, we conducted interviews with various modern Chinese mothers. The goal was to gain insight into the pains and gains of a product used by working mothers in China. All mothers were asked to prepare a...

Pros and Cons Crowdfunding

Pros and Cons Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular way for creators to raise money and start businesses. There are of course a lot of upsides to using crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo but what is often overlooked are...

Top Kickstarter failures due to manufacturing problems

Top Kickstarter failures due to manufacturing problems

Starting a crowdfunding campaign on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have proven to be a fruitful way for start-ups to gather funds for concepts. However, high profile failures draw a lot of attention in the crowdfunding world

New ballpoint pen design for Monami

New ballpoint pen design for Monami

New ballpoint pen design for Monami Monami has a long-lasting history as Korea‚Äôs leading manufacturer of stationery products and office supplies. Their basic ballpoint pen, named ‚Äė153‚Äô  has continuously been on sale since 1963, with over 3.3 billion units...

Circa Smart Alarm Clock funded on Kickstarter

Circa Smart Alarm Clock funded on Kickstarter

Circa funded on Kickstarter We are pleased to inform you that Circa smart alarm clock has recently raised ‚ā¨117,056 on Kickstarter. To make this project a reality, SLIMDESIGN is engineering the project for production. If you missed the Kickstarter, You're now able...

20x Event

20x Event

We had a great discussion at the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) for the 20X Event about the future of Industrial Design. One of the discussions was about globalisation; Is the difference in product design languages becoming smaller? Does it change because the...

Panasonic Nubo Cam winner in consumer test!

Panasonic Nubo Cam winner in consumer test!

Panasonic Nubo Cam winner in consumer test! Panasonic Nubo Cam winner in consumer test by Smarthome Magazine. They compared seven IP cameras and the one that scored the best was the Nubo Cam, designed by SLIMDESIGN. They appreciated the excellent images, extended...

Mobile world congress 2017

Mobile world congress 2017

Mobile World Congress 2017 What will we remember of this year‚Äôs fair? Please find our selection of interesting announcements. Withings becoming Nokia One of the first things that drew our attention, is the re-branding of the Withing products to Nokia. Indeed,...

Zepcam Camera

Zepcam Camera

Introduction New Zepcam T2 body camera designed by SLIMDESIGN At the Enforced Tac security expo in Germany, Zepcam introduced their new Zepcam T2 body camera. With this Rec only model, Zepcam continues to expand their range for the body-worn camera...

Leonardo da Vinci: Brilliant design-engineer avant la lettre

Leonardo da Vinci: Brilliant design-engineer avant la lettre

Leonardo da Vinci: Brilliant design-engineer avant la lettre Yesterday we saw an exhibition about the great Leonardo. It is amazing to see what da Vinci created five centuries ago. The exhibition shows many mechanical and technical projects. Leonardo da Vinci had a...

ZYXEL

ZYXEL

We are pleased with the new cooperation with ZYXEL. They have asked us to give our vision on the quickly changing networking environment. For more information www.zyxel.com.

Flexible meeting room system

Flexible meeting room system

Circuinvest‚Äôs flexible meeting room system is featured in the ArchitectNL. SLIMDESIGN developed the smart (tool-less) fixation method. It makes it possible to set up the room in a very short time, change panels and move the whole room when...

Long lasting cooperation Zepcam

Long lasting cooperation Zepcam

Zepcam continues to innovate and lead the body worn camera market. We are honored they asked us again, to help achieve their new ambitious goals.

Design workshop Fujitsu

Design workshop Fujitsu

Fujitsu Japan selected SLIMDESIGN to help develop a new range of products. We had a great time working with the designers of Fujitsu.

Dare Festival

Dare Festival

We will attend the Dare Festival 2016 in Antwerp on 26th of August. Wouter Konings will give a talk about Consumer Product Design, the difference in developing for small, medium and large production quantities.

Mixed Reality Tools

Mixed Reality Tools

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Augmented Reality ToolsTools were essential to the development of humans. Augmented reality is no exception to this.¬†We believe that current hand gestures and controllers are not ideal in the work environment.Challenge   We set out to design tools...

Police Body Cam

Police Body Cam

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Police Body CameraSLIMDESIGN operates as an external design and development team for Zepcam. We work in close contact with their electronic and software engineers. We were responsible for the design, engineering and production of the T2 wearable body...

Bike Tracker

Bike Tracker

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Bike TrackerWith more bikes than people, the Netherlands reports over 100 000 bikes thefts each year. Our bike tracker ensures your trusty steed is covered.Challenge   Bike trackers are useless with a dead battery. Current bike trackers on the...

4G Security Camera

4G Security Camera

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   4G Security CameraNubo, the water-resistant security camera we developed for Panasonic, can work independently from Wi-Fi allowing it to be positioned anywhere, including outdoors. It features a wide-angle view, IR night vision, and HD video quality....

Smart Doorbell

Smart Doorbell

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   IoT Innovation StrategyThe smart doorbell design enables users to connect their doorbell to their phone. This project is a good example of how we introduce a lean start-up approach in established companies.Challenge   We were asked to analyze the...

Philishave

Philishave

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   R&D Support Wouter Konings was asked to lead a team of engineers with the task to reduce the production costs of the low-end shaver without sacrificing quality.Challenge   The task to implement changes in a big organization like Philips is not...

Nike

Nike

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Mobile Retail SystemNike has frequent marketing meetings where they present their new collections. Because the locations change the system needs to be mobile and easy to handle.Challenge   Nike invited several retail partners to pitch on the project...

Baby Monitor

Baby Monitor

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Baby MonitorsWe've worked alongside Angelcare for numerous years now. Our latest collaboration is a video, sound, and movement monitor that interacts with your smartphone or tablet.Challenge   AngelCare was looking for a studio to create a modern...

Roccat

Roccat

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Gaming MouseFor Roccat we designed a concept for a gaming mouse that reflects ergonomics, great gaming experience and fits the Roccat product-line.Challenge   Create an ergonomic mouse that supports the rough and edgy brand image is not easy.¬† The...

Monami Pen

Monami Pen

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Innovation StrategySouth Korean stationery products manufacturer Monami commissioned us to conduct innovation strategy research on their ballpoint pens.Challenge   With a focus on the European market, we were tasked with finding ways to improve the...

Circa

Circa

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Smart Alarm ClockThe Circa alarm clock is a Kickstarter project designed to help you wake up and fall asleep without any distractions. No more restless nights due to your smartphone. The final design is by Robert Bronwasser.Challenge   Circa...

Train & Track

Train & Track

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Child TrackerThe use of child location trackers will grow in the near future. When the child tracker design and development is executed well, they can be very useful for the parent and child.Challenge   Current tracking solutions encounter a variety...

SLIMTIME

SLIMTIME

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Minimalistic DesignWe believe that design should focus on the bare essentials. A product should blend into the background and do nothing more than it is supposed to do.Challenge   SLIMTIME is an inhouse project by SLIMDESIGN. We wanted to create a...

Fujitsu

Fujitsu

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Innovation StrategyFujitsu asked us to help define their laptop design strategy for the coming years. Alongside Fujitsu's design team, we held multiple workshops in our Amsterdam based design studio, where we developed several concepts.Challenge  ...

Bagtag

Bagtag

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Startup R&D SupportBAGTAG is an electronic luggage tag that enables travellers to check-in their baggage using their phone, and skip queues at the airport. For airports, this results in improved passengers flow throughout the check-in area. Challenge...

MSI 360 Camera

MSI 360 Camera

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   360¬į CameraThe camera's aim is to create a versatile tool to monitor important places. The 360 lens makes it possible to view the whole room at the same time. and the two-way audio makes interaction possible.Challenge   MSI, a leading computer...

Rockstart

Rockstart

Wouter has been asked to be a mentor and give advice to start-ups on how to develop their hardware efficiently by start-up accelerator Rockstart (one of the biggest in Amsterdam).

Panasonic Nominated

Panasonic Nominated

Panasonic is nominated twice for the GSMA Global World Awards. The ceremony will take place during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Successful pilot in Orlando

Successful pilot in Orlando

The New Event Merchandising System 02 (NEMS 02) pilot was a big success during the annual Nike sales meeting in Orlando. With some minor adjustments, we can start the full production in China.

Cooperation with MSI

Cooperation with MSI

MSI (computer manufacturer from Taiwan) has asked us to develop a new range of products. We are happy with this new cooperation, and look forward to working together!

Nike Pitch

Nike Pitch

We have won the international pitch for Nike Retail System. For the second time! We are contracted to design and produce the new retail system. For more information see our first model NEMS I.