our process

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein 1929

From Concept to Realisation. This is our brand philosophy.

above blue offers a start-to-finish design process that can be tailored to suit the needs of every project. We deliver innovative solutions through exploration and applied design knowledge.


User Research

above blue use a variety of first-hand research methods to fully understand the needs and behaviour of the user and gain insights in to the demands of the market.

Concept Generation

Our creative approach to design enables us to generate a wide range of concepts to answer the brief through taking a fresh approach driven by user research.


We only develop carefully selected ideas and continually critique our own work to ensure the best solution is found.


Detailed Design

Free-form and parametric CAD packages are utilised throughout above blue’s product development process. These help to deliver the entire data package required for testing and manufacture.


Prototypes are integral to above blue’s process, enabling our product development team to test and validate human factors, ergonomics, mechanical features and aesthetics.


Technical Drawings

above blue’s engineers work seamlessly with manufacturing partners, providing detailed technical drawings and supporting documentation for production tool manufacture.



above blue can collaborate with existing client manufacturing partners or help procure manufacturing solutions through our established network of supplier contacts.


Sample Inspection

above blue’s designers assess samples for function and fit, ensuring cosmetic and aesthetic quality levels are not compromised.


Production Parts

To conclude the design process, retail-ready products and parts can to be delivered directly to the customer from above blue’s network of manufacturers.


If you would like to know any more about how we work, feel free to contact us.