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We founded Fig40 because we believe that exploring how design impacts process and how process impacts design is worth spending time on.

For us, creating an object that is both inspiring and relevant is an expected outcome of what we do.

But we think reduced cycle times, higher material yields, appropriate tolerances, sources of supply, production costs and quality are equally important metrics that determine the success of any design collaboration.

That’s why we start with research into your market and an audit of your manufacturing capabilities.

That way, we can design a product that enhances user interaction and process that reduces friction within the system so your product launches with economy, efficiency and integrity.

 

 

 

So what's our process?

Our collaborations span the following services:

 

Market Research:

product and positioning analysis.

Manufacturing Audit:

capabilities assessment, inventory reviews, partner referrals and project management.

Concept Development:

idea generation, drawings

Mechanical Development:

engineering.

Product Training:

presentations, lunch & learns and CEU content development

 
 
 
Terence is a unique breed of engineer; one who has never uttered the words “that can’t be done”. Trained in Mechanical Engineering, Terence has transformed great ideas into great products for organizations in medical research, automotive manufacturing and product design. His belief that everything can be better has resulted in fresh thinking and robust, creative solutions to all endeavors. Terence pursues designs that are honest and appropriate, creating simple systems that enhance a product’s longevity while diminishing their impact on the planet. Whatever project he works on he is a key component of the innovation capital required to bring great ideas to life.

Terence Woodside

Terence is a unique breed of engineer; one who has never uttered the words “that can’t be done”. Trained in Mechanical Engineering, Terence has transformed great ideas into great products for organizations in medical research, automotive manufacturing and product design. His belief that everything can be better has resulted in fresh thinking and robust, creative solutions to all endeavors. Terence pursues designs that are honest and appropriate, creating simple systems that enhance a product’s longevity while diminishing their impact on the planet. Whatever project he works on he is a key component of the innovation capital required to bring great ideas to life.

 LEGO was the source of Lee’s early interest in designing things. He earned his MA in Industrial Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, where he learned not simply ‘how’ we design but ‘why’ we design. Whether it’s the creation of furniture systems for Teknion and Nienkamper, business equipment for NCR, or seating for Maglin and Allseating, a common theme can be found in all of Lee’s work – one that takes a rational approach to form, and results in an appropriate solution given an object’s context.

Lee David Fletcher

I am a little obsessed by the made environment, as a child I pulled books apart to see how they worked.  I’m compelled by the context of a ‘thing’ - I always ask my students, do we need this new thing? and if we do, what’s its story?

LEGO was the source of my early interest in designing things and my first introduction of systems. I earned an MA in Industrial Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, where I learned not simply ‘how’ we design but ‘why’ we design. 

Whether it’s the creation of new furniture systems, business equipment, or seating, a common theme can be found in all of my work – one that is always evaluating process, takes a rational approach to form, and results in an appropriate solution given an object’s context.

 
 
 

2017

European Product Design Gold | Perplex Bench

Architizer Design Finalist | Perplex Bench


2015

Good Design · Nienkamper | Cern


2013

RedDot · Nienkamper | Metronome 

Neocon Silver · Teknion | Interpret


2011

Neocon/IIDEX Silver · Nienkamper | Metronome 

Good Design · Nienkamper | Metronome

 

2010

Neocon/IIDEX Bronze · Nienkamper | Omada


2009

Neocon Silver · Allseating | Ray 

Good Design · Allseating | Ray 

IDS/Prototype CISTA/Vertical Rain Garden 


2008

Neocon Gold · Teknion | District