PDG were approached by LJ Create to design and develop an enclosure for their range of Autoboards educational products.
The end result is an ergonomic, aesthetically robust enclosure with several features; the hinged lid can be folded back to allow the user to tilt the working area toward themselves, integral feet in the side of the product allow it to be stored upright on a shelf so as not to damage the main faces of the unit, and the clear lid allows the user a quick view of the contents. The enclosure is designed with ultimate flexibility in mind to allow fitting of thirteen different PCBs, and a range of additional electronic features which are yet to be designed.
The design and development process consists of various stages, which may differ from consultancy to consultancy but basically follows: design brief, design specifications, concept design, detailed design, prototyping, testing, refinement and manufacture.
Although this process may be second nature to designers, what about their clients who have never undertaken a product development project before? It’s a case of guiding them through the process, building up a relationship of trust and managing their expectations, as Derbyshire product design consultancy PDG undertook recently in a project with new client LJ Create.