What Influences Product Design?

by | Jun 30, 2020 | Design, Designing, Educational, Product Design

At our Oakland product design firm, Mako Design, we believe that product design is one of the most innovative forces that help progress the world forward and helps solves problems worldwide. Making a great product is not only gratifying in terms of appreciating its trade, skill, and design, but also in that it allows society to innovate, change, and live more convenient and simpler lives in the most efficient way popular. Many wonder how some inventors can come up with the most genius and revolutionary ideas that have had the power to change the world around us and the way in which we react and interact with the things around us and our hobbies.

Looking at what moves, progresses, and innovates product design reveals not only what are the most important factors to us in our world and society, but can show us what areas are most affected and need the product design the most to thrive and succeed. Below, our Oakland product design firm, Mako Design, has listed the leading influences that keep product design alive and innovative and explains why product design is needed and affected so much by those categories.

The Market

By far what influences product design the most is the product market. Every year, new trends and new innovations push and progress the market in different ways that influence and inspire audiences to need and want certain things to help their day-to-day. There are many different fields within the general scope of the market, but the multitude and a large variety of products that give people the freedom of choice to pick and choose which products they’d like to invest in are what keeps the market an ever-changing and exciting place.

Trends can influence more unique and different products to come out and not only do they help appeal to mass audiences but can trigger a domino effect of products that redesigned, reinvented, multifunctional and transformative that all revolve around one central theme. Our Oakland product design firm recommends observing what products audiences gear towards in order to help reveal to us not only which products and innovations are successful, but which can help predict what we’d like to work on fixing within our day-to-day as a society, and what problem-solving skills we can solve through the art of design.

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Our Oakland product design firm acknowledges that the health of our world is a major influencer in the way in which we think of design and create new products. With how our environment and global climate are changing, finding new ways to innovatively solve problems, and become more efficient while conquering sustainability is a great influence in product design. Creating green and eco-friendly products presents a challenge towards inventors and product designers as different aspects such as cost efficiency, materials, performance, and how effective a green product actually works all play a big part in creating sustainable products that overall work to help our environment. With so many different avenues that product design can tackle in order to help our environment (the ocean, forests, waste, electricity, etc.,) there is a boundless source of inspiration that product designers and innovators worldwide can stem inspiration from to create new products and find new ways to help our environment.

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World Events

World events can spring up a lot of different issues and occurrences within society. The way that society and how audiences act and move as a whole can reveal to us which products can overall help us and help keep us more efficient and safer, depending on what type of world events occur. An example of this can be COVID-19 pandemic in which product design has helped us shape the way we take safety measures more seriously. Product designers, like at our Oakland product design firm, have quickly learned to explore different ways and protocols in which we can make workspaces safer through using transparent screens, innovating face masks to be as efficient and safe as possible for users and creating anti-bacterial and cleaning products. Reacting to new world events opens up an avenue for what products can be made to help us in our future and better prepares us for innovation and quick problem solving, especially in the event of crises.

Learn about how Mako Design used product design to gave back to the community during COVID-19, here.

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Lastly, technology is not only one of the most inspiring facets for what helps push product design-forward, but definitely also one of the most innovative and powerful. As new forms of technology are created, and the IoT (internet of things) are being integrated into more products around us, product designers have the ability to learn how to use technology to not only create products in more efficient ways but also incorporate technology to make better products that help serve us. Automation, as such, is a great example of how technology can be used to help efficiency and make our lives easier, but also helps us create faster to reflect the needs and pace of society. As technology further progresses, the way in which we understand and become inspired by the items around us are further altered as new products incorporate more and more technical aspects that help us stay connected, require less manual labor, and add ease to our lives. Product designers worldwide look and are more inspired by new emerging technologies and how they can fit and work in all our newest products for the overall benefit of society.

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If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

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MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm in North America for providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, inventors, and small manufacturers. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices from coast-to-coast to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories.



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