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About the guide

Looking for the right product designer to develop your idea can be overwhelming. From picking whether to hire a freelancer or a product design company, to finding someone with experience in the right industry sector, it’s easy to waste time and money if you don’t have the right approach. Our expert-made PDF guide to choosing a product designer gives you the key information you need to make the jump into product development.

Bring your product to life

Don’t let a lack of technical skills or lack of knowledge hold you back from turning your product vision into a reality. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or just starting out, our PDF covers everything from the key considerations in choosing a design company to the benefits of working with an experienced senior team. With our guidance, you can mitigate risk and reduce costs while navigating the product development process with confidence.

The Content

Everything you need to select the right creative partner for your project

The 10 key factors

Detailed description of the top ten factors you should look for in the right product design partner for your project.

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Design Approach

Discover the best process for minimising risk and maximising success when developing a new product.

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Freelancer or Agency?

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of each of these two very different options for product development.

Red Flags to Avoid!

Unfortunately, there are some tricks, scams and cons in the design industry that you need to avoid at all costs!

Finding the perfect designer

Each product idea is different. That’s why D2M’s expert guide takes you through the important factors to consider when choosing a product designer – from their expertise to their connections. You’ll be able to assess your options with a critical eye, ensuring you select the right design partner to bring your product to life. With our PDF as your guide, you’ll know exactly what to look for, what questions to ask and what red flags to watch out for when it comes to choosing the right designer for your product.

Take control of your product development

With this guide, you’ll have the confidence to take control of your product development journey. You’ll learn how to assess designers’ portfolios, ask the right questions, and determine if they’re the right fit for your project. No more guessing or worrying about whether your designer will deliver the results you want.


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Client Testimonials

"I have had the most amazing experience with Phil and he's team. After a long frustrating journey of spending money unnecessarily, and wondering if the people around me truly had my best interests at heart. I can safely say that now I have found the right way forward."
Sanjeev Kalia
Phil Lee
“An excellent company with an enthusiastic, informed and supportive team. I cannot speak highly enough of Phil and his team and would definitely recommend them if you have an idea you want to pursue.”
Sanjeev Kalia
“We have been impressed with the minimum viable product approach to product development. Whilst a lot of companies like to say they adopt this process we have seen first-hand how D2M embody this in their product development”
Amrit Kalher

Content Snapshot


Cultural Fit & Trust

You’re taking a big risk developing a new product, and the project is likely to span 6-12+ months. You need a partner that you get along well with and that you trust to give you honest answers. Cultural fit might not seem like n obvious crtieria but actually can make a huge difference to how the project runs.


Experience and Skills

An experienced product designer or engineer is trained on how to develop a new product from concept to manufacture. Newly qualified designers are unlikely to have the experience of the whole process that you need. Look for a portfolio showing a range of products now in production and check the experience of the actual designer you will be working with.


Project Management

Managing your product development, budget, and timeline can be a full-time job. Especially if there are multiple companies involved in developing a product that requires electronics and an app for example. Project managers use processes to minimise risk during development and are tech-savvy enough to communicate clearly with both the design team and you. However, you might prefer to deal directly with your designers and avoid the risk of Chinese whispers.

The pdf guide is full of useful information like this, to help you make the right decision about your product design partner. 

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The complete insiders guide to choosing the right design partner

Download D2M's PDF guide now and say goodbye to costly missteps and wasted R&D funds. Make sure you get the right product designer for you and your project