There is a range of skills necessary to create the next generation of wearable devices, an industry set to double over the next two years. At Design Partners we use a cross-disciplinary approach to develop smart garments and wearable technology that puts the user at the center of every project. A lot of parts come together when designing for wearables: soft textiles, hard goods, electronic components, and thoughtful construction. But to the person wearing and using the device, it just needs to feel right. We collaborate with partners in the fields of cognitive monitoring, injury prevention & recovery, and human performance optimisation to create future experiences that empower and inspire people. The common thread through all our work is the ambition to elevate human potential.
Integrating technology intimately against the human body is fraught with challenges; how can delicate electromechanical components be integrated into clothing in a robust yet flexible way; how can rigid components fit around a body that moves and breathes; and how are sensors optimally placed on the body to yield the best results for data gathering or communication? To succeed in developing a great wearable product, various expertise needs to come together to share knowledge, and collaborate in ways that deliver new, meaningful experiences. Led by Sara Urasini, we have built our wearables team around this principle.
Every great project begins with clarity of purpose. Our user experience design team helps define the ideal solution for end-users ensuring it brings meaning and relevance to their lives.
From material selection to fitting prototypes and final models, our wearables team integrates hard & soft components to ensure smart garments fit seamlessly to user specifications.
Electronic and mechanical engineers work in tangent with design through the development process ensuring flawless performance, and efficient manufacturability.
Our design team uses creative problem solving to set product strategies, create delightful interactions, and deliver future wearable experiences that empower and inspire people.
From cut & sew to welding technology, in our Wearables Lab we have invested heavily in materials, machines, and construction techniques. Our soft goods design process includes conceptualization, developing fitting and functional prototypes, providing tech packs, and manufacturing support through production. Our team continues to grow deep relationships with domestic and international suppliers in the sourcing of new materials and engagement with vendors to help clients realize product solutions. The custom facility also includes the ability to develop electronics and mechanical packages in unison with garment development. This allows us to iterate, debug, and prove principles early in the design phase with our clients.
We believe that wearables are most relevant where user-needs are greatest – in areas such as high-performance sports, healthcare, industrial environment, and enterprise spaces. Our goal is to collaborate with our clients to equip these people with new tools that enhance their ability to perform across demanding environments.
Our expertise lies in the integration of hard components and tech with textiles and other soft materials around the human body – whether its sensors, haptic notifications, interfaces, connectivity, embedded systems, or medical hardware. Depending on the application, we define materials and manufacturing processes that comply with regulatory requirements, biocompatibility, durability, and cost-effectiveness.
Our team can deliver end-to-end solutions, whether it’s Human Factors specialists to deliver medical-grade designs or UI experts to ensure the data from the wearables is presented intuitively to the various end-users. With each wearable project, our diverse team of specialists produce holistic, thoughtful, and enhanced user experiences. We also deliver fully functional prototypes or short-batch production runs of ground-breaking new wearable experiences.
We are heavily engaged in R&D activities with a diverse range of companies operating in healthcare, enterprise, and high-performance sports to create future experiences that empower & inspire people. This is central to our business and we love meeting, sharing, and collaborating with new people in this space. Here are some of the places we’ll be connecting with the industry and sharing our expertise:
We’re participating in two conversations this year at WTiN – Innovate Textile & Apparel. The first features Sara Urasini, where she discusses building teams and capabilities necessary to design future wearable technology experiences, and how this can deliver meaningful experiences for the end-user. The second features Terence Kealy, discussing the significance of wearables in the healthcare space, and his experience delivering wearable solutions that have many end-users.
We are excited to be exhibiting at the BrainXchange Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit. The leading event for Enterprise wearables, AR, and VR technology. Meet Kevin Mitchell & Raymond Crosbie there to learn how we are helping companies create innovative products and experiences in this space.
Join our Healthcare design team at Medical Wearables where we discuss the differences, and challenges in designing smart garments with a medical context.
Get in touch Great innovation is achieved through collaboration. We would love to hear about your business & creative challenges and how we can help you create innovative, new product experiences.