“We create meaningful products
that push the boundaries in design and technology.”
In Dutch SLIM means Bright | Clever | Smart and Intelligent.
We design electronic products using a lean, integrated development process with minimal overhead. Our aim is to simplify the products we design to their bare essentials. This helps us to create meaningful projects that push the boundaries in both design and technology.
We function as an external development department for our partners. We make sure we create real added value, by creating long lasting relationships with our clients. We take pride in the multiple design and innovation awards we received over the years, but we take most pride in our clients’ appreciation.
“They are designers of high ability, strong in concept, detail and manufacturing design.”
“Out of the box creative designers!
Able to strip away all what is unneeded and keep the essential.
I highly recommend them for any product development projects.”
Senior Event Production Specialist
“Working with SLIMDESIGN was a great experience. The final design is beautiful and sophisticated and their engineering expertise was a great benefit. The two intensive and fruitful workshops in Amsterdam helped to create a clear project vision.”
Senior Design Consultant
“Great team to work with: hands on, pro-active and flexible. The quality of their work is outstanding, always on time and within budget. We expect that they will help a lot of other start-ups (like us) to become a success.”
CEO and Founder
“I have collaborated with SLIMDESIGN on several projects. They worked efficiently with our internal team to created various component configurations in order to analyze the design possibilities. The final results were not only beautiful, but they always took care of all the minute mechanical and production details. Great team overall, looking forward to working with them in the near future.”
The SLIMDESIGN team members specialize in Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. For each project we put together a core team that stays involved with the project from start to finish. This empowers quick communication, no loss of information and facilitates the possibility to make late changes in a project.
Wouter Konings worked at Dyson (UK), Philips (shavers) and a big design consultancy, before he started his own studio. He was eager to break free of the way the consultancy was managed and wanted to develop products in a more integrated way (as he was used to at Dyson).
With a university degree in Computer Science and complementary education at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, Sander uses his imagination to work on innovative solutions for projects in which the physical and the virtual space complement each other and interact beyond the standard possibilities. With special focus on the social impact, he brings his research into creating new future realities for the present time.
Right after the internship at Whirlpool’s headquarters in Michigan, coming from the College for Creative Studies, this new addition to the team has crossed the Atlantic Ocean to amaze us with his sketches and understanding of the user needs.
Allen studied Engineering Design & Innovation in Amsterdam. After his studies, he was involved in the development of a body worn surveillance camera. When this was completed, Zepcam asked Allen to take a leading role in the mechanical design and development of their complete product portfolio. In 2014 Allen joined SLIMDESIGN. His input in the projects with Panasonic, MSI, Philips and Angelcare have been very valuable because of his knowledge of complex embedded electronics products and his excellent mechanical engineering expertise.
Robert studied Industrial Design Engineering at Saxion University of Applied Sciences with internships at INDES and GM Design. Robert worked at Velda as Industrial Product Design & Quality Engineer before joining SLIMDESIGN.
Stijn Studied Industrial Product Design in Enschede. During his studies he gained knowledge doing internships in all spectrums of industrial product design. After his studies Stijn did several freelance assignments before starting to work for a start-up located in Delft developing a new kind of electric toothbrush. Combined with his technical knowledge, wide range of interests, curiosity and knowledge of design Stijn is a valuable member for the team.
Joris has a background in industrial design and is a business and innovation specialist in the field of the ‘Internet of Things’. He developed products for international clients such as Honeywell, Vodafone, Heineken and Kimberly-Clark. Recent years he was Business Developer IoT at an IT-company and Partner Manager IoT at KPN, the largest Dutch telco. At SLIMDESIGN he helps clients with their IoT strategy, concept development and finding their way in the IoT domain.
Electronic Engineering Team
App Development (IOS/Android)
Small Batch Production
CE, FCC and UL
EMC, Safety, IP
Sourcing / Purchasing Expert
Selecting Production Partners
ODM, OEM, EMS
Kickstarter / Indigogo
The Slimdesign Process
At SLIMDESIGN we work with our own design methodology. We have developed an integrated, lean, development process that allows design, mechanical and electrical engineering to be seamlessly interwoven. By working with a dedicated project team, we can be more efficient, flexible and faster than traditional methods.
The product specifications are determined based on product requirements, strategy and insights. These specifications include functionality, technical and component requirements, cost price calculations and validation methods. This will give you and us detailed insight in the project road ahead, ensuring we get the desired results the fastest way possible.
We create designs that complement the products function, are minimalistic, and excel in the detailing and quality. During this phase, a broad spectrum of possible design solutions will be generated through an iterative process of brainstorms and sketches. With our iterative design methodology, the best solutions will be translated in possible concepts and prototypes. In the course of the whole design process we make sure to work with realistic volumes of all the internal components, making the transition to the final design as smooth as possible.
We strive for simplicity in our design and engineering. We analyse and prioritise the product requirements in order to establish a development direction. We use our creativity, expertise and experience to generate different mechanical solutions. The most promising directions are prototyped and tested. We keep making different variations until we find the optimum between form, function, cost price, production and assembly.
In the final stage of the product development process we ensure the design is ready for mass production. With a broad network of possible suppliers we have the knowledge to match the design with the most suitable production partner. We manage the tooling and validate the part samples. Simultaneously we support the certification process. When production has started, the quality of the products is ensured by a combination of quality assurance management and quality control during and after production.
TUNED TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS
The entire process is always optimised for each individual project. Based on the project requirements and our in-house knowledge the process is tuned to suit your needs and wishes. Our proven working method has have been awarded numerous design awards and innovation prizes and we always make sure our resources are utilized as efficient as possible.
Want to develop a product?
Our studio is situated in the center of Amsterdam, 10 min walk from Central Station, on the waterfront and next to Pakhuis de Zwijger.
The area is known as a creative hot spot with a lot of:
- Designers and Artists
- Startups like Wetransfer
- Branding and Advertising
- Cultural Companies
- Galleries and Shops
- Cafe / Bar / Restaurants
We are on the waterfront next to Pakhuis de Zwijger.
Get off at the second stop (Kattenburgerstraat)
Parking is below our office at Apcoa Parking (De Loodsen).
(also for freelance)
Gaining experience is key for students. We have two intern spots, available every six months for technically orientated product designers. Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. To help students, we created this page with valuable information about our selection process and what we look for in our internship applicants.