3 days ago
168: The Future of Hardware Product Design Thinking
Paul Rowan is the Co-Founder of Umbra, a household product company that designs, manufactures, and sells hundreds of consumer products all over the world. You likely have at least one of their products in your home right now. Paul ran Umbra for for 37 years, starting the entire company with just one product. Today Paul is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can use both strategic purpose and higher purpose to create a great first product and your first product business. From there, how do you leverage those principles to scale into a global product brand as he did with Umbra.
Today you will hear us talk about:
Sales can drive hardware ideas, what a great way to sell when you already know what your big buyers want.
The culture of work in hardware product design in the future.
Hardware designers are going to have a lot of options for developing work-from-home products, mental health issues, more collaborative office space environments and products, and many other emerging opportunities for the changing landscape of design.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI cannot compete with human intelligence.
AI is not a threat, it is the next tool.
If you embrace the tools, this will exponentially improve the caliber of your hardware startup.
Humanistic direction or robotic direction
Purposeful, sustainable, human. This leads to long term.
Short term vs long-term value
How can you differentiate yourself by adding humanistic values to your company.
If you don’t set the bar on good design, you won’t even get to market.
Bad design cannot even be put on the shelves.
To increase beyond great design, add humanistic values
You can compete with big corporate easily on humanistic values as a startup.
Sustainability, carbon footprint, sourcing, labor practices.
Put your name on a product
Don’t be afraid to put your name behind your brand.
When you’re in the decision tree of short-term problem solve or long-term value, go for the long term value as that has become more important than ever for modern businesses.
Long-term thinking will encourage significantly more success
Test and test until you get it right in prototyping, use design thinking.
The human behind the design
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