Intro to Product Development for Small Business

Leah Farquharson

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7 Videos (14m)
    • INTRO - What makes great product design?

      0:53
    • PROJECT OVERVIEW - inspiration board

      0:10
    • OBSERVE A NEED - why meeting a need is important to product development

      1:40
    • BRAINSTORM - think about your unique solution

      1:19
    • INSPIRATION BOARD - pull your ideas together

      6:49
    • AUTHENTICITY - the importance of being you

      2:39
    • FINAL THOUGHTS - why it's important to stay positive

      0:17

About This Class

Have you ever really thought about what makes a great product? Is it color, design, beauty, or usability? Maybe all of the above? Developing products for your small business can be both exciting and scary - after all, the success of your business hinges on them, not to mention your personal satisfaction as a business owner.

 

When we create products that fill a need that we observe, while expressing our personal values and style, it can create deep satisfaction for both our customers and ourselves. I firmly believe this is the path to creating products that resonate with authenticity, and create a connection between ourselves and our customers.

In this class, we’ll discuss discovering and observing a need, then brainstorming and creating an inspiration board to help push us into product development. I’ll be sharing my own inspiration board and process, as well as a couple of case studies to help further inspire you. There are so many things I wish I had known when I first embarked on this process for my own business five years ago, and I’m so excited to share them with you in the hope that they’ll become a springboard for your success. 

Supplies:

You’ll just need are your creativity and powers of observation, and whatever you choose for your inspiration board. For the second optional inspiration board, you'll need a version of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, which you can grab a 30 day trial of for free on the Adobe website.

I can’t wait to see you in class!

Bonus Material:

I’m sharing a printable PDF of important things I’ve learned about translating ideas to actual products that can be manufactured - whether you’re making them yourself, or outsourcing to manufacturers or skilled artisans. I’ll share key things I’ve learned to be important to my product development for my business.

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My name is Leah Farquharson, and I’m the owner of Bluebird Chic, LLC. I love style that’s practical, and building my business around products that give my customers a way to not only be comfortable while they work (or use their camera for everyday), but to also feel stylish and express their personality is super exciting for me. I love that I’m supporting people who understand the beauty and impact of photography and capturing memories!

On bluebirdchic.com and  all bluebird chic social media, I’m focused on sharing both curated and personal content that brings you style and inspiration that’s practical – everything from projects, photography, art, home styling, renovation, design, to recipes – anything that helps you feel creative and inspired. I especially love highlighting and supporting other women led businesses, promoting a strong community spirit of support over competition.

I'm currently taking classes and working to build my portfolio in illustration and surface pattern design to expand my business doing what I love!