When working with our Texas invention design firm, Mako Design, we like to use different, innovative, and helpful design trends that work worldwide into approach the unique designs we create for our clients. With that being said, observing and studying different design trends not only help inspire us for our next projects but also help us explain to others about the possibilities of different designs that are possible for their projects and the newest innovations. One design trend used a lot to help innovate the way we work with design is modular design. Keep reading below to learn about modular design in product design and to see some examples!
Our Texas Invention Design Firm Answers: What is Modular Design?
To simply explain, modular design is a design approach in which the designer creates things out of independent pieces to make a standard interface that can be stacked, rearranged, customized, and reused. The designer simply takes a traditional design and breaks it down into smaller parts (that are the modules). Then these small parts are created independently to be combined into creating a larger design or system. The main goal within modular design is to be able to freely and flexibly change or fit singular elements around without having to replace the entire design, product, or system itself.
The main reason as to why our Texas invention design firm believes that modular design does so well in modern society is because of how well it can be reused, changed, and become sustainable to use in the long term. Not only are you left with a sustainable product, but one that is consistent to fit all your needs and remains in good quality. In product design, recreating the simple design of a small unit can help ease the process of manufacturing and assembly process for any electrical and mechanical system, and because a modular product can transform based on the needs of the consumer, a lot of industries have opted for modular design for a large variety of their newest product designs.
Examples of Modular Design
A Modular Bluetooth Speaker Our Texas Invention Design Firm Loves
It’s without a doubt that portable Bluetooth speakers have become a necessity for most people today. But being able to find the right one that is high in quality and design to work for a variety of different scenarios can actually pose a real challenge for people who are looking to invest rather than constantly replace. The Air Speaker is a great example that our Texas invention design firm recognizes as a product that knows how to use both innovation, technology, and modular design, to combine into one to create a full cylindrical speaker perfect for the home, but that separate into smaller units to serve different purposes. You can put the speaker together for a louder use or split them into modular pieces to share around the house, take one to go, and give to different members of a family. The point in its modular design is that it is one design in total but approached to be taken apart and still serve the same functionality with the same quality.
Sustainability and Modular Design All-in-One
Our Texas invention design firm points out that just because modular design is grounded in being sustainable, a pattern you’ll notice within a modular product is that they value sustainability and ‘eco-friendly’ values. Created by Anna Piasek, the ‘One Size’ is a great example of a modular, sustainable product that uses pieces and units within itself to serve multiple features all in one design. The ‘One Size’ is made to be an innovative solution to help decrease the amount of plastic take away given to you in different boxes of taking out by unite the small boxes into one whole box and that be made modular and lessen the amount of plastic used. The template is biodegradable and features trays that can split up into walls to serve as food dividers, replicating a ‘bento box’ like the design. The design comes with a glass and lid too to hold up any liquids, and the container itself is coated with a plant-based layer to keep everything waterproof and safe. The main point in this design is that it is able to be split up within its own design and material to serve different purposes.
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!
About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. 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 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. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!