1. A design partner isn’t as costly as you might think!
The costs for design correlate with the complexity of the project and its industry, the importance of risk management, the level of innovativeness and the desired ease of use of the solution. The higher these are, the more expensive it gets. Fun fact: The same reasoning applies to your chances in these kinds of projects though.
But more important about your expenses for a design service is what you get for it, right? At this point we are still focussing on the costs of product development. You need to differentiate between direct costs of design and the costs that design can spare you. Besides of the bill for the design services…
- You will get a smooth, consistent and structured project process, due to the designer’s experience in project management and developing products.
- You will free up time for your own staff, who would otherwise focus on the work you hired the designer for.
- You will get a solution which is designed for manufacturing. This will cut down time to market, reduce complexity and lower unit costs.