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Pixel and Timber was founded to provide industrial design and innovation services to clients developing new and innovative products. Our capabilities in product development and UI/UX design allow our work to marry the flexible but fleeting nature of the digital age to the timelessness and quality of physical, manufactured goods.
Who We Are
We are a small team of innovators who translate ideas into realities. Whether they are independent inventors, startups or OEMs, our clients are creative people who dream of bringing a new product to the world. Our team leverages the tools of Industrial Design (ID) and our long experience in Design-For-Manufacturing (DFM) to make that happen — rapidly and cost effectively. We tailor our process to the needs of each and every project, and we are personally invested in its success.
We are product designers first and business owners second. Our business is to make your idea a reality —quickly and effectively. We leverage a lean business model and a regional focus to keep our business nimble, responsive and personal.
Who we are not
The business of most design firms is not product design — it's consulting. Many design and engineering consultancies chase New Product Development. Most use a flashy office, beautiful marketing and a boiler plate product development process to give inexperienced clients the confidence to sign up for long and expensive projects at exorbitant hourly rates. These consultancies are focused on landing a big project for their shareholders — not on delivering a product that achieves their clients' goal. If it yields a sizable income for the consultancy, even a product that bankrupts its client is considered a success at such firms. This is not who we are.
With our focus on delivering project value, Pixel and Timber aligns its success with the client's success. We leverage our expertise to deliver products that work and align our project strategy and pricing to meet the specific needs of each project and client.
With our capabilities in product design and development, our team is dedicated to delivering product designs that work. This means that we develop products that meet both your product and project needs and eliminate the disappointment and rework of designing without the end goal in mind.
Because our background is heavily steeped in the technical side of product development, our designs are based on real world requirements — financial, functional and manufacturing — so that the concept you present to your stakeholders is reflective of the final product you will produce. By front-loading technical requirements to drive design, rather than shoe-horning these in after the design is locked, our team eliminates the surprises, rework and disappointment associated with the traditional styling-first design process.
Whether you are an independent inventor with a new product idea, a startup chasing your first or next round of funding, or an OEM trying to pitch a new concept within an entrenched company, our team can develop a product and project that meets your needs. By identifying the comprehensive needs of the project and aligning tasks and milestones to those needs, our team moves you to your goal quickly and effectively without sacrificing the long term success of the product or business.
The scenarios below provide just a few examples of differing project needs. The images provide links to our product case studies that generally fit into each of these categories.
Scenario: An innovator within a major company/manufacturer wants to launch a new device or series of devices on a streamlined project timeline and with a compelling and effective product offering.
Need: The company needs concepts that will generate some excitement around the new product but that won't disappoint when other stakeholders ask about the technical details (e.g. cost) and won't require massive changes to implement details typically considered "downstream."
Challenge: Incorporating technical details can mean slightly more upfront design costs — as technical details are researched and incorporated — but overall project cost and effectiveness is enhanced tenfold. The more detail provided at this stage, the more quickly and effectively the project will unfold.
Scenario: A startup would like to introduce a new product that is designed-for-manufacturing from the outset or build on its success by making the transition from a hand-fabricated product to a high volume version.
Need: Lean startups need to get to market quickly. Many believe (or have been told) that there is no need to develop a designed-for-manufacturing device from the outset and become tied to a concept that cannot be scaled up. These organizations need concepts that are designed-for-manufacturing. This should be done from the outset, if possible, but it is often done retroactively.
Challenge: The shift to a high volume design is hard for startups who have already committed resources to a design that — though it brought success at lower volumes — cannot be produced profitably or repeatably at a higher scale.
Scenario: An independent inventor has an idea for a new product based on an insight gained during his/her professional experience. The inventor is planning a Kickstarter campaign but is self-funding the development leading up to it.
Need: An inventor using Kickstarter (or private funding) needs a design that reflects the look and function of the finished product. Because his backers may be expecting to receive the exact product pictured in the campaign, it is imperative that the design meets cost and manufacturing targets before launching it on Kickstarter.
Challenge: If an inventor hires a traditional ID firm to develop a convincing concept without due diligence to cost or manufacturing, he may be on the hook to deliver a design to his backers that can't be produced profitably.