Design 1st 2023 Year in Review

Design 1st Completes a Successful 2023 Amidst Economic Uncertainty

The product design and development experts identified AI integration, battery innovation, edge AI hardware, and product redesign as key trends heading into 2024

January, 2023 –  Design 1st, one of the most prolific full-service product design-engineering firms across North America, completed another successful year in 2023, closing the year with 84 unique physical products designed, 26 new customers ranging from entrepreneurs, startups, to corporate, 7 products brought to market, 3 industry awards, and 2 New Product Introduction (NPI) trips to China.

The trend of strong client rentention continued in 2023 with 70% of project revenue from existing clients. 

Explore the Design 1st accomplishments of 2023 in the infographic below. (click image to enlarge):

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Growth Highlights from 2023
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2023 Project Breakdown by Industry and Product Type
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Design 1st highlights by discipline
Design 1st Admin, IT, and Sales team highlights.

“These past few years have proved to be both dynamic and disruptive for the manufacturing industry,” said Kevin Bailey, CEO, Design 1st.

“Despite an unpredictable market our team at Design 1st has persevered through and positioned our clients for success during these times. We are excited for 2024, and look forward to reaching new heights.”

Project highlights for Design 1st in 2023 include:

  • 6 innovative AI Devices across consumer, medical, sports and commercial applications containing sensors and edge AI processors for on-device processing.
  • 4 projects involving electric bikes, fintech workstations, and solar charging. 
  • 4 innovative connected devices for the ‘Transport and Logistics’ industry to improve security, and safety when shipping goods.
  • 3 innovative hydroponic growing systems from unique clients across North America, hinting that the future of farming is upon us.
  • 3 Collaborative Robotics (CoBot) projects for commercial use helping human-led processes move faster, safer, and more predictable.


To learn more about Design 1st and past projects, please visit: https://portfolio.design1st.com/.

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