Process

At K8 we deliver expertise across product, service and interaction design. We take pride in following the design process from the initial ‘back-of-a-napkin-sketch’ through to concept development, detailing and production of the final product.

Setup, planning and workshop

Explore

Create

Refine

Implement

Marketing, follow up and planned adjustments

Our process and the activities we do are captured into four separate phases – explore, create, refine and implement 

Explore

Gaining a clear insight into the project, the service and the system. Understanding the market, its users, and possibilities that lie ahead. Creating a vision of the project and finding a consensus with the client. Setting a framework for the intended work.

Relevant activities

Kickoff workshop, user research, user journey mapping, market and competitor research, investigation into existing technologies, defining functionalites, moodbaording, setting up evaluation crieteria, defining product/service/UXUI requirements...

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Create

Exploring possibilities within the design brief. Creating vivid ideas and functional concepts for user experience. Testing and evaluating mock-ups, models and selecting the most desirable concept design.

Relevant activities

Idea sketching, concept generation, evaluation, interation, prototyping, intial CAD develpoment, testing with users, refining selection of concepts, selection or confirmation of desired concept, review of requirements...

Refine

Further improving on the concept while considering aesthetics, functionality, user experience and manufacturing. Exploring production technologies and detailing material, colour and finish.    

Relevant activities

Identify materials and production processes for product design, implementing and evaluating aesthetic atributes, CAD or wireframing towards detailed prototype, 3D printing and in depth evaluation, refinement of details, testing 'look-a-like' design with users, design for manufacture, design freeze...

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Implement

Further research and evaluation of production partners. Preparing test series for evaluation. Setting up a production plan, further user testing and market entry. Following up production.

Relevant activities

Identify production partner(s) or developers, prepare handover documents (technical drawings, design guides, assets etc.) evaluate facilities at production partner, follow up on tooling and production, evaluation of first out of tool and golden sample...