4 Quick Tips for designing an Effective Graphical User Interface

User interfaces form a critical component of many products that we use: Mobile phones, household electronics, computer software, websites – these are but just a few common categories. In this discussion, we will focus on the user interface for computer-based systems, which we will call the GUI (graphical user interface) from here. Users interact heavily with and control the computer-based systems via the GUI, and…

Which Materials should I use to fabricate my Product?

As part of the product design process, one of the questions we will ask is – what material(s) should we use to build our prototype, and subsequently commercial product? Commercial Off-the-shelf (COTS) components aside, the chassis, casing and many internal parts are usually not available off the shelf, and have to be custom designed and fabricated. From my point of view, the choice of material(s)…

The Importance of Good Logistics – Part 2

Packaging is an essential component of logistics, and good packaging helps ensure that your product gets delivered to your user or customer in good condition. On the other hand, poor packaging increases the risk of your product getting damaged in transit. We tend not to think too much about the negative consequences – until it happens to us, that is. Delay in delivery to the…

The Importance of Good Logistics – Part 1

Logistics is an important aspect of our businesses – it ensures goods get transported to the recipients in a timely manner, and in good condition. We usually think of recipients as end customers or distributors, but this also applies to our business entities as well – as a recipient of raw materials and components, we have to ensure they get shipped to the manufacturing site…

Future-proofing Your Product Design

How do we future-proof our product design? Product design is a time-consuming and non-trivial process. You may have spent significant amounts of time and money to design your product (or hired a design house to do it for you). It fulfils all functional requirements, the users like it because it has a very intuitive user interface. All seems to be good so far. However, for…

Getting Started with Product Design – Part 1

Product Design is a core part of product development – and one of the main drives of Nimble Focus Consulting, which is why I decided it will be great to kick-start off my sharing session with this topic. The design of a product (and service, which I’ll collectively term as “product” here) is multifaceted and challenging. We are looking at designing an exciting product –…