Companies or Startups
without a product development team

We are fully-staffed to be your new product development team, taking your initial product concept and filling in all the details to allow third-party manufacturers to quote and produce the final product.
We work closely with your business and market strategy team to look at alternative designs, then select a high value minimum risk option that meets the user needs and business objectives. Our process goes one step at a time, focused on the planning and critical elements to assess and integrate elements of the design, then we document the many details that make-up the specifications for a third-party to produce your product predictably and reliably, in higher quantities.

We Help Companies and Startups Solve Product Design and Development Challenges

We help companies overcome a wide range of product development challenges, including helping you find low-cost and time-efficient ways to get a specific part of your product designed. Here are some of our speciality capabilities:


User and market research and testing

Risk identification

Design for Manufacturing

Clients value our vast experience across many technologies and product development processes.

Supply planning

Prototype apps for cloud connected product

Proof of concept models

Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Clients value our vast experience across many technologies and product development processes.

We help secure hard-to-find parts through our established supplier network which enables you to achieve differentiated product that users and buyers embrace.

From early-stage planning, to exploring new features, to testing hypotheses, our specialist teams provide you with feasible options so you can make difficult trade-off decisions that lead to low-risk and high-value product development, designed to fit into your business strategy.

Projects We Have Done with Companies and Startups
That Do Not Have In-House Development Teams

Explore projects we have helped develop for companies without in-house design teams.

Our Product Development Process

Companies who chose Design 1st to help fulfill a part of the product development.

Companies and Start Ups WITHout an in-house hardware product development team

Companies and Start Ups WITHout an in-house hardware product development team

Our Expertise

Through integrating with your team, we get quickly up to speed, adapt to your processes, and provide innovative solutions to your product development challenges

Product Design Strategy

Armed with these insights, we work with you to set your overall product design strategy and refine product feature priorities.

Rapid Experimental Prototypes

Show and validate your design, reduce risk, and assess your product’s utility to customers prior to moving to volume manufacturing.

Reliable Engineering Solutions

Our expert engineering team has the analysis tools and technical expertise to help you reduce risk and solve tough problems.

Electronics Design and Wireless Connectivity

Add intelligence and connectivity to your product using an interdisciplinary approach that integrates hardware and software.

Award-Winning Industrial Design

Transform your vision into a useful engaging product by tapping into our proven process that delivers products customers love.

Component Sourcing and Supplier Strategy

Tap into our global supply chain partner to build-out a custom logistics network as you plan your path to market.

Product Packaging Design

Meet your business, brand, and customer needs with unique custom packaging that highlights your product’s features and value.

Manufacturing Setup

By sharing our skills, talent and network of partners, we are committed to the success of your world class manufacturable product.


What Companies and Startups Needing In-House Product Development Say About Design 1st

Matthew Lemay

VP of Service, Nuraleve

Gave us ideas that exceeded our expectations

Caleb Peterson

Product Development Engineer, Liberty Pumps

We needed pros

We knew IoT couldn’t be ignored, and we wanted to get ahead of the competition with a modern, mobile solution. We may have been able to get something working on our own, but IoT is evolving so fast we would have been obsolete before we reached the market. We needed pros.

Cam Renkas

President, Adaptaspace

Our long-term manufacturing support partner

Design 1st took us from concept right through to volume production using their in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electronic design expertise. They followed our objective of using as many off-the-shelf (OTS) parts as possible, keeping our costs low, and helping us setup a custom global supply chain to meet our sales volume. Design 1st continues to be our manufacturing support partner.

Grant Hall

Tablo TV, CEO

A great partner since the beginning

We’re extremely happy with the team’s responsiveness and the finished product, which is shipping to customers and getting rave reviews. Design 1st has been a great partner from the very beginning – assisting us with turning ideas into product renderings for our investment rounds, and then working with our requirements and budget to turn Tablo into a reality.

John Lupton

COO, GeoSight

Helped keep our project on schedule

If it weren’t for Design 1st, the project would’ve been more delayed. Prior to our engagement, the project dragged for two years. Once Design 1st came on board, we had weekly meetings to make sure the project was on schedule. Their team was on task. They also pushed us for information to ensure their team met benchmarks.

We Service Other Types of Organizations

Our Unique Approach ​

Our designers, engineers and product specialists provide you a fast, professional path from concept ideas to your first product sales.

We Recognize Your Ownership

It is your idea, your product, your patents, and your awards. We provide critical guidance to drive your project forward and get our motivation from your success.

Communication is Critical

Our process centres on close collaboration with you and your team. We invest in the best tools to collaborate remotely with you on design concepts and engineering details.

Tools to Save Time and Money

We invest in the most sophisticated tools for design, product visualization, engineering analysis, in-house prototyping, and manufacturing support.

Talented People Work Together

Our multi-functional design and engineering team works closely together with you to find solutions that work. Our manufacturing team guides our design choices.

Reduce Design Risk

Our Lean Product Design Process is based on rapid iterations to produce concrete ideas and tangible prototypes that can be viewed, assessed, tested, and refined.

Pride in Your Success

By sharing our skills, talent, and network of partners, we are committed to the success of your world-class manufacturable product as you move to market.

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Your Product Designed and Done Right. The 1st Time.

Design 1st Leverages our 25+ years of Experience with our Expert Team and Proven process to turn your vision into reality.