Design and product innovation
K8 industridesign is a complete design house with high expertise within:
– Product design
– Product innovation
– Strategic product development
– Development for IPR protection
– UX design
– Graphic design
– Service design
We assist in the complete product development process, or simply where help is needed; carrying out research, concept exploration, refinement and implementation of valuable new ideas. We work together with our clients to set targets and reach goals. We have experience working with large multinational corporations and small local entrepreneurs and start-ups.
K8 also works in cooperation with partners within rapid prototyping and small scale production.
Prototypes and models
Following our user centred design process, prototyping and model making form a valuable part in testing and evaluating functionality and user needs, ensuring a high quality of the final product.
We are also having great focus on collecting valuable insight into users’ emotional needs and experience of the product.
At K8 we are capable of developing different types of models appropriate to the stage of the design process, using anything from simple carboard models, to high accuracy 3D printed parts.
These models are mostly printed in 3D and have the same level of detail as the finished product. They are used to test the final solution prior to the product going into production. This provides assurance for the client, as one is able to uncover any potential problems at an early stage, before the production tools are being ordered.
Good design should be planned for rational and cost efficient production. K8 is known for ”out of the box thinking for in-line production”. K8 have good knowledge of conventional production methods and we also keep up to date on new innovations of materials and production techniques.
K8 has a network of producers both in Norway and abroad. We do also have experience in following up on production for customers both in Norway and abroad. (Thailand, China)
PRICES AND QUOTES
K8 normally quote on a job based on the design process and an estimated number of hours work. If the job is complicated, including a lot of innovation, we can offer a fixed quote on the phases we feel we have control over, as well as giving an estimated price for the complete project.
If the customer wishes to share both the financial risk and the up-side of a project with the designer, we can agree on a royalty cooperation. i.e. one agrees on a limited start-up fee, covering the basic costs for the designer, as well as a set percentage on the selling out price from the company, per sold item, once the product is out for sale. This rate will vary between 3-7.5%. The royalty agreement will then run as long as the product is for sale and follows the actual product, not the owner.
In some cases where the cooperation goes over a long time, it might be easier for both the customer and the designers if one sets a slightly lower hourly rate and work per hour within a yearly agreement.
K8 takes the liberty of adjusting the hourly rate, depending on the relationship we have with the customer.