Defining ‘User-Friendly’ in Product Design
As a design firm that offers the top industrial design services in North America, there are a lot of different ways that one can build or alter their design to make it more appealing to audiences. One of the many different ways that people structure their design is making sure that they focus on simplicity and function as the forefront of their product. Another way of defining this idea is by calling the product ‘User-Friendly.’ If you have spent a lot of time observing the marketplace for different products, you’ll see that a lot of products are labeled user friendly as a smart way to appeal to audiences and get them interested in the product. Keep reading to learn more about the term ‘user friendly’ and how to strategically use it for your product design when working with a top industrial design service like Mako!
Defining User Friendly
Simply put, in product design, a user-friendly product means that the product is easy to use, function, and understand. Not only does user friendly apply to products but can be used for functional furniture designs and technology. An example of how-to user-friendly design works in product design is observing Mako Designs’ favorite product design strategy, the MVP method. If the designer or inventor creates a product that focuses more on its function, then you more than likely have a product that can be classified as user friendly. Products that emphasize the ease of its function are user friendly because there is more importance put on what the product does for the user and the ease that the user has when using the product to receive their expected outcome. The top industrial design services will be transparent to let you know that designs that cater too much on details and aesthetics are less likely to be user friendly since they can be confusing or obstruct the ease that the user has when performing the products function, which is why its best to stick to a user-friendly design!
How Using Top Industrial Design Services Can Make Your Product User Friendly
By creating a user-friendly product, you understand that your product will most likely have a simple and clean design, that makes it easy to understand for yourself, the designers and engineers, and most importantly, your target audiences. Not only does a user-friendly design guarantee a great product that can easily be made and understood by the designer and engineer to make, but it also allows for more possibilities later on if you decide to change or alter a certain aspect of your product design. Working with some of the top industrial design services will appreciate having a more simplistic and users friendly design to work with because it over makes design communication easier and more transparent to understand. Additionally, one of the most appealing aspects of having a user-friendly design is that it generally tends to perform well to mass audiences, even if your product is targeting a certain group of people or niche. A product that is known or advertised as easy to use is more likely to be successful than something that looks or is complex to use because more people are looking to make their life more convenient and save more time by using a product that can help solve a major problem in their hobbies and life.
The Festken Water Bottle designed by Mako Design is a great example of a user-friendly product!
Invented by one of our clients at Mako, the Cheese Sleeve is simple and easy to use!
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Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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