metaform product development


About Us

Metaform Product Development is an award-winning, San Francisco / Silicon Valley based product innovation, industrial design and manufacturing company creatively optimizing the value, function, and appeal of products and inventions.

Metaform Product Development works with manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and inventors worldwide to develop innovative new products or improve existing ones. We devise unique, functional and market appealing design solutions with careful consideration to usability, features, and manufacturability.

Our flexible company structure allows us to custom assemble multi-disciplinary teams to meet project specific needs. Beyond industrial design, we can also utilize our manufacturing relationships in the USA and Asia to manage engineering and production.

For early stage start-ups, Metaform creates compelling conceptual designs and presentations to elicit feedback and entice venture capital investment or even preliminary orders.

For established manufacturers, Metaform can identify new
opportunities for innovation, add a fresh perspective, audit to improve, transform, and cost reduce existing products, or revitalize stagnant product lines. Metaform's designs help businesses secure and maintain market leadership by offering differentiated, well-considered products that keep competitors at bay. Our designs help clients raise money, save money, and make money while providing enormous value to consumers.

We serve a wide variety of sectors spanning consumer, technology, medical, scientific, sporting goods, and toys.

We welcome inquiries from established manufacturers, start-ups and inventors interested in creating differentiated, innovative, industry leading products or product concepts.


  • IBM SmartCamp Austin People's Vote Award IBM 2011
  • Seven New Technology Wonders Inc. Magazine 2008
  • CES Innovations Design & Engineering Awards, Eco-Design CEA 2007
  • Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum 2006
  • Best of Show Award Wi-Fi Planet 2003
  • DEMOgod Award DEMOmobile 2003
  • Toy of the Year Action Toy Review 2000
  • Bay Area's Best IDSA 1999
  • IDEA Bronze, Consumer Products BusinessWeek 1999
  • Golden Toy Award Toy Fair 1999
  • Toy of the Year Action Toy Review 1996
  • Golden Toy Award Toy Fair 1995
  • Annual Design Awards, Grand Prize Modern Plastics 1993
  • SETC Sports Equipment Design Award US Olympic Committee 1992
  • International Designer's Choice Mark ID Magazine 1991
  • Annual Design Review, Selection, Concepts ID Magazine 1991
  • International Design Award Gold IDA 2017


  • IDSA
  • Society of Plastics Engineers


  • Sun Microsystems (Oracle)
  • Hasbro
  • Galoob Toys
  • Firetide
  • BACtrack
  • Abbott
  • Waldo Health
  • US Olympic Committee
  • NASA
  • Motorola
  • Polaroid
  • Abbott
  • Lucasfilm
  • Sanmina-SCI
  • Coxon Group
  • TempSys
  • Wild Planet Toys
  • Wham-O
  • Borland



Staff Size

2 - 5

metaform product development


  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering
  • Design Management

Typical Project Budget

Not Specified


Projects are assessed on a case by case basis depending on level of involvement and deliverables.

Main Office

1558 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
United States


David Shaw
phone: +1 (415) 805-8684

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