a different breed of Design, Innovation and Strategy consulting firm - located in Southern California
IDEA GOLD 2014 - RED DOT AWARD WINNER 2014 - IF PRODUCT DESIGN WINNER 2014
Winner of CES 2015 Innovation Award
we collaborate with companies by managing their product design, product experience, innovation and overall brand
START Design Studios and Jan Stillerman
WE THINK OF OURSELVES AS A DIFFERENT BREED OF DESIGN FIRM
This stems from our approach to product & experience creation and in the way we collaborate with companies of any size and maturity level. Everything we collaborate on is unique to the specific context and our process is flexible to allow for the best collaboration conditions
We collaborate with startups and entrepreneurs to provide design expertize, support, connections & resources.... and... we collaborate with mature organizations to provide design, innovation and strategy. Together with the leaders of the company we manage product design, product experiences, design strategies and innovation to maximize brand impact and success.
... it's what people think it is! Your products and product experiences become effectively multisensory expressions of your brand. We focus on centering people in our product and product experience creation and not the product. People matter to great product and brand design, and our design process is about understanding people, behavior and habits. This insight allows us to focus on humanizing the way people interpret and interact with technologies and products. We drive towards creating natural, intuitive, delightful and exciting products and experiences for real people.
... and forces companies into a constant state of change. Companies need to constantly stay nimble, provide a steady flow of innovative products & services, expand on and build new expertise and even deliver the occasional market disruption to not be left in the dust. Innovation within companies can be challenging! We collaborate with companies on how innovation is best suited for your specific company through product & product experience design. We assist in identifying what might be hindering innovation at the time, establish new opportunity areas for building new expertise and help your company adapt a more innovation rich philosophy.
..yet, unfortunately too many people stop there! People today live in a physical and digital world simultaneously and it's changing at the speed of the internet. The need for companies to adopt strategies which are felxible and adaptable to changes in market, technology and people is crucial to be successful. We understand the challenges and complexity of not only coming up with the great ideas, but also what it takes to see the ideas through to success. We collaborate with companies to establish short-, mid- and long-term product-, portfolio- and brand-strategies. More importantly, we collaborate on how to deploy and implement the strategies.
START Design Studios was founded by Jan Stillerman and Melissa Stillerman
with the goal to provide world class design services
Great design should be available to companies of any size and maturity level!
Jan is an award winning designer who holds over 16+ years of total 360 product design and development experience in various industries, prior to founding START Design Studios. Jan has provided design soloutions and directed teams towards successful, innovative and market appropriate product solutions & experiences for top companies across the world. Jan held influential design positions both in design consulting firms and corporations.
Melissa is an award winning business and sales professional who is passionate about establishing creative and profitable assistance for our collaborators. Melissa is the CFO, co-founder and active business manager for START Design Studios and holds a degree in Business & Journalism from which she graduated at the top her class. She has during her career worked within radio, print media and financial companies in both business and creative sides.
During Jan's 16+ years of experience he built and developed a large network
of seasoned visionaries and subject experts who are utilized by START Design Studios on a regular basis
world class design services
product, brand, innovation and strategy
Trend, Market & Design Research
Color & Material Research
Human Factors Research
User Action & Interaction Studies
Behavioral & Cultural Studies
Manufacturing & Process Research
End User Mapping
Product & Roadmap Definition
Business Opportunity Mapping
Product Experience Mapping
Brand Aspiration & Goal Setting
Brand Articulation & Expression Wish list
Digital Experience Aspiration & Goal Setting
Ideation of New Products, Services & Experiences
Ideation Generation of New Business Opportunities
Innovation & Re-Design of Existing Products
Color, Material & Finish Design
Conceptual Entertainment & Character Design
End User Scenarios & Contextual Visualization
Product Portfolio Strategy
Design & Brand Identity/Language
Conceptual Digital Experience Solutions
Rapid Prototyping - 3D printing
Out of Box Experience Simulation
Color & Finish Sampling
3D CAD Creation
Validation - Are we making the right product?
Verification - Are we making the product right?
End User Validation
Quality Setting, Testing & Control
Proof of Concept
Regulatory Validation & Verification
DFMA (design for product & assembly) preparation
3D CAD data transfer
Color & Materials data transfer
Vendor Sourcing & Review Liaison
Build Part Reviews
Product Life Cycle Liaison
Market Timing & Strategy Liaison
Marketing Graphics, Comms & Media Creation & Documentation