design process is what sets us
apart from other industrial design
consultancies. Instead of sustainability
being a product development requirement
which means expensive changes in
the development phase and compromises
to the design, for us it is a key
issue at the concept phase. Our
products can therefore be more
innovative and have to change less
during development, so the original
design intention can be followed.
Phases of the Design Process
Sprout's services cover the complete
New Product Introduction (NPI)
process. We can help our clients
develop a brief if required. Once
the brief is drafted, will
feed back a report of how we understand
our client's requirements.
A typical project might occur in
the following phases, but we can
adapt our working methods to suit
The first phase of a product design project involves user
research. This is described in more detail in our inclusive
design section. Alongside this, we also carry out competitor
research, style trend research, customer profile research
and environmental life-cycle analysis as
appropriate for the particular project.
Style boards such as these can be
used to communicate what the competition
is doing, or suggest directions for
the new design:
The results of the research phase of the project almost always
lead straight into the concept generation phase. We use the
following techniques during the concept design phase of the
Form sketch models
Our concept process produces hundreds of ideas of which we
select the best. We will put these into a presention and then
hold a meeting with our client to decide upon the best direction
to develop the design in.
Depending on the client's requirements,
the final deliverables in a project
might be technical drawings from
which the manufacturer can make
the design, aesthetic models or
working prototypes as required.
This means that the manufacturer
has all the detail they need to
reproduce the design accurately.
We can also oversee production
and sign-off pre-production prototypes
to allow the development process
to run as smoothly as possible.
Gaining first-hand experience of using a tiller.
Research with an older user in Kitagata
town in Japan (client: DiaShin Industries).
Functional sketch showing folding handle concept.
3D Computer modelling to develop the design.