Poor product design can lead to a great innovation that no one uses.
There are several things which are crucial to pay attention to in the process of creating good product design, but the most common factors are aesthetics and ergonomics. Other factors might be materials, sustainability, and also the product’s packaging & assembly.
However, these considerations mostly come from the engineer’s or manufacturer’s perspective, and it’s not always the case that the consumer’s view is considered early on in the process.
Although design considerations may vary according to the type of products, consumers in different cultures have different priorities when it comes to product usage.
Take for example household appliances. In some countries, consumers might hold the safety features of a product in higher regard compared to other features. They might prefer a product which is not only easy to use but, most importantly, that is safe to use. On the other hand, in some other countries, the consumers’ number one priority might be hygiene. They might prefer a product which is easy to use and easy to clean compared to products with a lot of safety features.
Additionally, household size may also play a role in consumers’ buying decisions when it comes to home appliances. Consumers in countries with smaller household sizes might prefer smaller products.
Bottom line, there are a lot of things to take into considerations when designing a product. Pinpointing these considerations and getting the right answers for each of them could make a significant difference in creating a product that matters and successfully communicating the product’s value to the end-consumers.
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