Posts tagged product design
eDrawings App for iPad Review with Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy is the lead industrial designer at Trig Innovation, shaping products in multiple market sectors, including hardware, tools, medical devices, furniture, and products for the home. In his work at Trig, Patrick utilizes a variety of software platforms to bring new products to life in sketches, renderings, 3D CAD models, and animations.

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Murphy’s Hypotenuse: Evolution in Design at Sling, Part One

During the 2002 Major League Baseball season, brothers and die-hard San Francisco Giants fans Blake and Jason Krikorian missed seeing some of the best games of the year due to their travels across the country. Finding this an unacceptable way to live, they devised a solution. Two years later, the Krikorian brothers founded SlingMedia.

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Defining Innovation

What is innovation? Perhaps just as importantly, what isn’t innovation?  As an innovation consultant, I’ve heard several limiting definitions, particularly in the product development space.  But for me, it’s a pretty expansive term.

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Innovation Success and Failure—Meeting Stakeholder Needs

As I navigate different industries while wearing a few different hats—innovation management consultant, industrial designer, and product developer—I try to absorb as much knowledge as I can from the successes and failures I see in the marketplace.  And if there’s one thing that both successes and failures remind me of, it’s the fact that there are no shortcuts in product development.

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SolidWorks Poses Competitive Advantage for Industrial Design

Many industrial design firms working in product development rely on surface modeling to express their creative vision for a product in development. Surface modelers such as Rhino, 3D Studio Max, and Alias StudioTools all have a high degree of usefulness in building complex surfaces.

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Relating to Ideation—Part One

As an industrial designer and innovation management consultant, ideation is a familiar topic, the principles of which can be applied across many industries.  At Trig Innovation, we have built deep industry experience in consumer products, but we have also found that most of our talents translate easily into medical devices and most recently, even to service companies. 

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Services Innovation: Visual Tools for Change Management

I was recently invited to participate in a very productive ideation session with a global services company to serve as the visual scribe. The experience was certainly rewarding as it was an opportunity to learn from leaders in a completely new industry immersed in a thick vocabulary of shorthand ideas and acronyms. 

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Building Communities, Building Brands: Thanks for the Memories, Ethan

With the advent of a new school year upon us, it’s time to say goodbye to Trig Innovation’s inaugural summer intern, Ethan Creasman. Ethan, it won’t be the same without you. Ethan is a rising senior in the fine industrial design department at Appalachian State University in Boone. 

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Voice of Customer Research—Ergonomic Evaluations

I was recently reminded of the need for solid voice of customer research through its absence in the design of a consumer product. In this anecdotal example, an ergonomic study would have gone a long way to helping a hot-selling product not only fly off the shelves, but actually stay in customer homes.

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Better Patent Applications through Better Patent Figures

The United States Patent and Trademark Office reviews around half a million patent applications each year, and the agency approves these applications at a rate of roughly 50 per cent year to year. The level of execution of many elements of the application can lead to the pass or failure of the patent.

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3D CAD Sculpting—the Bridge from Concept Refinement to Prototyping

Product development occurs in distinct stages, with concepts being generated, culled, and refined throughout the process. For inventors and corporate product teams, the process begins with translating customer insights through ideation to generate concept solutions that are refined into polished solutions and renderings.

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