Design 1st Inc.

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About Us

Hardware product design is a high risk business - unless you have a design partner who has done it successfully many times before. Design 1st is one of the largest, most experienced product design firms in Canada, with over 1,000 projects around the world, 26 years, and 130 patents under our belt.

Our industrial design, engineering, electronics, software, and manufacturing setup experts work as a cohesive team to transform your idea into a winning product. Our broad range of skills and experience allows us to tackle any project, anticipate challenges, find novel solutions to tricky problems, and guide you all the way to manufacturing setup. We provide turnkey new product design, or a act as a flexible extension of your in-house team.

Contact us to learn how we can help you take risk and cost out of your new product design project.

Tel: 877 235-1004


  • Appliance Design Awards Appliance Design 2011
  • Appliance Design Awards ADesign 2010
  • Best of Show QNX Car CES 2012
  • Fastest Growing Company OCRI 2012
  • Innovative Product Design Intel 2009
  • Industrial Design ADesign 2019
  • Product Design for Society IDA 2019
  • A'Design Gold Award A'Design 2020
  • A'Design Gold Award A'Design 2021
  • Platinum Grand Prix Design Award Grand Prix Design 2022
  • IF Gold Award IF Design 2023


  • PEO
  • ASME
  • IDSA


  • Hundreds of Start-ups and Enterprises
  • Acer
  • Allen-Vanguard
  • Armstrong
  • Caframo
  • Christie
  • EMS Aviation
  • Ericsson
  • GestureTek
  • GoldenEar Technology
  • J2 Light
  • Lumenera
  • Mitel
  • Motorola
  • Nanometrics
  • Neptec
  • ProDrive Systems
  • QNX
  • SMART Technologies
  • Stanley
  • We-Vibe



Staff Size


Design 1st Inc.


  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering
  • Design Management

Typical Project Budget

$25,000 - $50,000


One of Canada's largest, most experienced full-service design partners, we have perfected the process of helping US and global companies create great products at lower cost.

Main Office

314 Athlone Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Z5M4


Ian Kayser
phone: 877 235-1004 x228
fax: 613 235-2004

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