Product Design: How to Turn a Product Idea into a Formal "Design"

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Product Design: How to Turn a Product Idea into a Formal "Design"

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In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog h...
In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog has grown from 15 to more than 250 online courses that cover creative arts, entrepreneurship, branding and marketing, lifestyle and technology. The School of MakeOurMark, with courses in photography, illustration and tattooing, was launched in October 2013, and the School of Design went live the following month. Among the instructors who have taught courses are Seth Godin, founder of online marketing firm Yoyodyne, who teaches a class on entrepreneurship; DJ Young Guru, who leads a course on mixing and recording; and actor, writer and director James Franco, whose course focuses on screenwriting for short films. You can begin a Skillshare collaboration by taking an introductory course in a particular area to learn, for example, the fundamentals of Photoshop and expand your knowledge with a five-part, in-depth Photoshop series.

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In this class, I'll walk you through the process of turning your product idea into a product design. 

If your goal is to ultimately produce and sell a product, it's not enough just to have an idea, or even samples and sketches. In order to work with factories and suppliers, you'll need a formal design, which includes specifications, documentation, and professional renderings and samples. You'll also want to perform product-testing on your design, and incorporate feedback from potential users.

This class is NOT just for creative-types or design-savy students! We'll also talk about the design professionals who can assis you with the technical parts of the creative process.

What You'll Learn
You will go through a step-by-step design process that includes outlining concepts, creating visuals, selecting materials, sampling, gathering feedback, choosing colors & finishes, creating design documents and more. 

  • Outlining. I'll discuss the...

1d151147

In this class, I'll walk you through the process of turning your product idea into a product design. 

If your goal is to ultimately produce and sell a product, it's not enough just to have an idea, or even samples and sketches. In order to work with factories and suppliers, you'll need a formal design, which includes specifications, documentation, and professional renderings and samples. You'll also want to perform product-testing on your design, and incorporate feedback from potential users.

This class is NOT just for creative-types or design-savy students! We'll also talk about the design professionals who can assis you with the technical parts of the creative process.

What You'll Learn
You will go through a step-by-step design process that includes outlining concepts, creating visuals, selecting materials, sampling, gathering feedback, choosing colors & finishes, creating design documents and more. 

  • Outlining. I'll discuss the importance of outlining your product idea and what to think through.
  • Doing Research. I'll walk you through different ways to find inspiration and collect your research.
  • Renderings. I'll show you how to go about creating rough sketches or renderings of your product design.
  • Identifying Materials. I'll review various sources for materials and how to get swatches and samples.
  • Creating Samples. I'll discuss how to create both rough and final prototypes. 
  • Testing. I'll talk about gathering feedback and how to properly test your design.  
  • Creating Documents. I'll dive into how to create the documents that a supplier will need to reproduce your design.


What You'll Make

Using a simple, step-by-step process, you will create a product design that is ready to be manufactured. 

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I haven't totally finished this class and I've yet to actually work on my project for it because it's pretty labor intensive and I need to set aside the time, but this class is filled with excellent information. I have a master's degree in merchandising and wanted to take this course to help me refine some things I worked on back in grad school and I was astounded by how comprehensive this course was. Definitely recommend it if you're looking to launch a product.
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