Design Unit

Far UK took a big step with the Design Unit and we can't wait to see the impact on their organisation!

This is Far UK

The Design Unit has collaborated with Far-UK to develop a product coming to the market soon!

The Brief

Far-UK approached the Design Unit, as part of the Impacting Business by Design, with a material they had been developing that would have a really useful application should the design be suited to their manufacturing processes.

The product would require to be tested to ensure it was suitable for the intended user and commercial application.

Initial Investment: £38k

Project Support: 95 Weeks

Match Funding from Far: £46k

The Solution

Initially, the team at DMU visited Far-UK at their Nottingham based site to understand their manufacturing processes and how the design could accommodate these processes. Far were intending to use an innovative and fully customisable solution at this point. The designers then developed a range of concepts and outlined a particular size guide that would align to the manufacturing process.

This project developed through the COVID 19 pandemic however, and through the manufacture and commercialisation of a similar product it became clear that the manufacturing process needed to change. The Design Unit team then developed a prototype and gained user insights from their experience of using it. This then outlined the final developments that needed to be implemented to configure the size guide and ensure the product serviced its target market as widely as it could. As always with the IBbD programme, this is a partnership and collaboration. A way of ensuring this is for our partners to match fund our intervention. Far matched or invested ad additional £46k to our design intervention, concluding in a total project value of approximately £74K.

Thoughts from Far UK

"Working with the Design Unit team was a big step for us. They took us from an initial idea for a product through the process of design and prototyping. Working together we convinced ourselves that the product range we have designed together has a market and can make a real difference once it is launched into production."

Lyndon Sanders - Director of Far UK