Online on Zoom
$10 recommended donation
Learn about the process of and considerations around developing a new product, including product design, manufacturing, and marketing.
For design, we'll start by going through how to define, ideate on, and refine a product idea, and introduce you to human-centered design and the psychology of materials. Then, for manufacturing, we'll look at production limitations imposed by cost, time, and/or skill; materials considerations relating to environmental conditions, frequency of use, Interaction with surroundings, and material availability; and other fabrication constraints. You'll learn about design for manufacturing (DFM), and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT). We'll also discuss more consumer-facing concerns such as serviceability, such as how easy the product is to assemble, adjust, repair, and/or replace. Finally, for marketing, we'll go over how to communicate the value of your product and how to pitch it to your intended audience.
We'll examine case studies of real products on the market throughout these discussions, and, to bring it all together, you'll team up with peers to prototype, and present a pitch for, a product of your own that addresses a challenge of your choice!
You don't need to have had experience with both design and business, but having some prior knowledge in one or the other is recommended.