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Aesthetics in the Design Process

Aesthetics in the Design Process

The medical device and life science industries have traditionally taken their design cues from other industries, such as automotive, consumer products, and commercial applications. In some ways, they still do. However, medical device designs are incorporating many of...

Checkpoints to consider for Design

Checkpoints to consider for Design

When starting any project, there are checkpoints for design that help drive the end product.  At a company like HSD that has always been a medical and life science product development firm, the roots of the company and leadership have always been in design. Design is...

Importance of design

Importance of design

The current state of Industrial Design and User Interface Design In the past, medical product design firms would get caught up in the importance of quality, ISO 13485, and human factors etc. Today medical device design is an extremely regulated industry and for most,...

Michael Quinn talks about Six Sigma Design

Michael Quinn talks about Six Sigma Design

Six Sigma means different things to different people, depending on where they are in the product development life cycle. It'll mean something very different at the start of a program versus at the end of a program when a product reaches the manufacturing phase. Six...

What are Human Factors

What are Human Factors

 10 years ago, while human factors were important in consumer products, they were not necessarily a common point of emphasis in the design of a product or medical device. In layman's terms, a company or person could create something that was utterly uncomfortable,...

I have a prototype. It Works! Now What?

I have a prototype. It Works! Now What?

For a product development firm to engage with a start-up group, they could come in at any stage really. How they’re engaged depends on the goals of the companies that come in. For startups specifically, it could mean that they need help taking their idea or their...

Advice for Designing Home Healthcare Devices

Advice for Designing Home Healthcare Devices

In-home medical devices constitute a wide range of products, from prosthetic and orthotic appliances to home monitoring devices to medical wearables. But with all the progress that digital healthcare provides, medical device designers face a new challenge: how to infuse products redolent of disease and decline with intuitiveness, comfort, and even delight.

Mary Beth sheds light on the challenges with FDA 510k submissions

Mary Beth sheds light on the challenges with FDA 510k submissions

Dr. Mary Beth Privitera, FIDSA, Principal at HS Design responsible for human factors and research is widely known as a human factors expert. She currently serves as faculty and co-chair of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s Human...

Good Design…its the little things

Good Design…its the little things

By Matt Tramontana When the design direction of a product has been established and approved by the client, working through the detailed elements of a design begins.  As an industrial designer, the responsibility of applying the finishing touches to a design can be an...

The Top 10 “Musts” of Digital UX for Medical Devices

The Top 10 “Musts” of Digital UX for Medical Devices

By Maureen Mullins, UX/UI Design To the UX/UI Designers at HS Design, experience design is where people meet products. At HSD, we work to streamline experiences by reducing cognitive load, minimizing tasks, and promoting desired behaviors. For digital user interfaces...

The Model is Mightier than the CAD

The Model is Mightier than the CAD

By Stephen Simantiras As technology evolves and shapes our industry, many industrial designers and engineers find themselves jumping straight into CAD, hoping to have 3D prototypes built quickly for rapid user testing. CAD, along with 3D printing, allows for amazing...