New product design may seem like an easy process. The fact, however, is that it is not. A new product design involves several steps and processes that need due consideration. Failing to heed these steps and processes definitely will lead to unsuccessful product design. Here are some of the steps that entail in successful new product design.
Step 1 – Evaluating the Problem
This is the primary step where you need to identify the real problem in the market. By identifying the real problem, you can come up with innovative ideas, and thereafter, solutions to resolve the identified problem. Your idea could stem from the lack of an adequate product in the market, or a product in the market that does not function as well as it should.
Step 2 – Extensive Research
This step involves thorough researching to see what similar products are currently
in the market. This is important as it ensures that the new product you are thinking about introducing in the market does not already exist. On the other hand, it will also help you identify various problems with the existing products. Understanding the problems with the current products will help you design your new product better.
Step 3 – Generating Ideas
After performing in-depth research, the next step is where you can begin forming ideas and concepts to come up with a viable solution. This is where you can start sketching your ideas and jotting down a list of features for your product on a piece of paper. It will be in your best interest if you can use a computer to draw your sketches and note your list of features. Computers are more reliable than papers or sketchbooks!
Step 4 – Creating Prototypes
Once you have the perfect or near perfect product design, you can proceed to product prototype development. This is the step where you can actually begin to see your idea materialize. A product prototype is a working / non-working model of your product concept. A prototype is beneficial in numerous ways; it gives you the picture of how your product will look like; it allows you to test and analyze so that you can make any changes if required; it helps attract potential stakeholders, and eventually finance for taking your product to the final stages.
Step 5 – Final Design
After the success of the prototype, you can proceed to finalize the product design. This final product design should incorporate all the intended functions as well as aesthetic aspects of the product. This final design should also comply to various standard compliances if there are any. Think of this final design as a product that is in a real consumer’s hand.
Step 6 – Thorough Testing
This is a vital step. Before proceeding to mass manufacturing and launching the product in the market, it is of cardinal importance that the product goes through rigorous testing. Product testing should not only be performed by experts, but by potential customers, as well. In case something goes wrong during this stage, like dislikes of product aesthetics or certain functions, you can go back a couple of steps and improve your product further. It will, of course, cost you to go back a couple of steps, but it will not cost as much substantially as it would if you skip this step.
Step 7 – Mass Manufacturing
If everything goes well during the testing stage, you are ready for mass manufacturing. Simultaneously during the mass manufacturing, you should also perform marketing and establishing distribution channels so you can take your product to the market.
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