In Dutch SLIM means Bright | Clever | Smart and Intelligent.
We design intelligent IoT products and smart mechanics and do this with a lean integrated development process and minimal overhead. Our aim is to simplify the product we design to its bare essentials, create meaningful projects and we strive to push the boundaries in design and technology.
We see ourselves as an external development department for our clients. And by making sure we create real added value, we build long relationships. We are happy with the design and innovation awards but for us the clients appreciation of our work is key.
“They are designers of high ability, strong in concept, detail and manufacturing design.”
Sir James Dyson
“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
The studio is located on the waterfront in the center of Amsterdam.
The former steamboat passenger terminal is transformed
into a creative hot spot with over 60 creative companies:
– Designers and Artists
– Architects and Photographers
– Branding and Advertising
– Cultural Companies
– Galleries and Shops
– Cafe / Bar / Restaurant
The SLIMDESIGN design team specializes in Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Complex projects (like IoT) need experts from a large variety of disciplines. For each project we built a core team that remains with the project from start to finish and use an integrated process where all aspects (Design, ME and EE) are developed simultaneously. In this way there is fluid communication, no loss of information and late changes are easier to handle. For the other disciplines we have selected partners that have similar flexibility and drive for perfection. This way we are flexible and can make sure we work with the best experts in their field.
Wouter started his design career in 1996 at Dyson (UK). Here he worked on the DC03 (a bag-less vacuum cleaner) and on a double drum washing machine. Back in the Netherlands Wouter lead, at Philishave, a team of engineers who developed a new shaver for the lowest price segment. In 2000 Wouter moved to one of the biggest Dutch design agencies. Here he was responsible for a wide range of projects: amongst others ASML, Heineken, Brabantia, Thetford, Hamax en FEI. In 2003 Wouter founded the design agency that evolved into SLIMDESIGN.
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. Allen has been a great asset to the team, not only because of his knowledge of complex embedded electronics products, but also because he is very passionate about his work. His input in our projects with Panasonic, MSI, Philips and Angelcare has been very valuable!
Thijs graduated from TU Delft Industrial design. He developed a low energy position tracker using LoRa. Through the clever use of sensors he managed to extend the battery life to 10 years. His brought interest and knowledge of design, mechanics and electronics makes him a very valuable member of the team.
Matt is from Silicon Valley in California where he studied Industrial Design at San Jose State University. Matt’s work experience includes Industrial Designing at WAGIC, three years as a project coordinator at ISAT Engineering, and numerous freelance design projects. Matt joined SLIMDESIGN in 2017 to continue growing as an industrial designer while lending his design skills in sketching, CAD, user experience and rapid prototyping.
Emil studied industrial product design and he joined SLIMDESIGN to be able to develop the design and mechanics together. Though this approach there is more control over the final outcome.
Balazs studied Product Design at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (Hungary). During his studies he also spent one semester at the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche Roma (Italy), and was a member of an external design team creating a public transport ship concept for the Centre for Budapest Transport. He was an intern at Kilo Design in Copenhagen (Denmark) before joining SLIMDESIGN.
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.
Marloes takes care of all the non-project related things in our studio. Ranging from the office management, finance, human resources and public relations.
For complex projects we have selected partners that have similar flexibility and drive for perfection. We assemble a core team that develops all aspects (design, ME and EE) simultaneously and remain with the project from start to finish. In this way there is fluid communication, no loss of information and late changes are easier to handle.
Electronic Engineering Team
Our Electrical Engineering partner has the same approach in terms of flexibility and drive for perfection. It enables us to save time and develop the electronics, mechanics and design simultaneously. Over the years we have successfully developed several complex products together.
App Development (IOS/Android)
We work with different UX/UI experts and digital agencies depending on the needs of the project.
Small Batch Production
In our workshop we make mechanical models to do tests and have a 3D printer to make volume models. To create high quality prototypes we use partners that deliver reliable quality and can work fast (often within a week).
CE, FCC and UL
EMC, Safety, IP
To be able to sell products on the European and American market they have to comply with the standards. We work together with several accreditation bodies (test houses) to make sure our designs fulfill these requirements.
Sourcing / Purchasing Expert
Selecting Production Partners
The right production partner has to have the expertise to be able to deliver the requested quality for the right price. To find these we have native partners in Asia and Eastern Europe that know the branch and are able to negotiate a better price and conditions. We also advice less experienced clients to use support from and purchasing expert to make sure there are no surprises later on.
We work with different tool makers. Finding the right ones is important because the tool price, lead time and quality can vary a lot. Some partners are able to reduce the tool cost when they also produce the parts.
ODM, OEM, EMS
Over the years we have worked with a lot of different high quantity production partners in Asia, America and Eastern Europe. We are happy to help and give advice on the pros and cons of the different partners.
For start-ups we have partners that can work cost efficient and start with small production quantities.
Kickstarter / Indigogo
We are closely involved with the product launch of our customers. Over the years we have experienced the key factors of their success. We are happy to share our insights and support the production of promotional materials.
We are very happy to receive a lot of applications. It might be that our previous work is appealing and that we use an integrated development process or just because Amsterdam is a great place to live. In any case, the downside for the applicants is that we can select from the best. We like a technical background, good sketching and visualization skills, Solid Works and Adobe knowledge and a clean, minimalistic design philosophy.
Online Marketing / Multimedia (part time 0.4 fte)
Are you interested in design, online strategy and are you active on social media? We are looking for a hands-on person that can improve our global online presence and this WP website.
If you are interested, please send us an e-mail.
(also for freelance)
Gaining experience is key for students. We have two intern spots, every six months for technically orientated product designers. Please read this information before you apply. It contains valuable information about our selection process and what we look for in a student.