Design Partners

Design Partners

Design Partners

Business Description

Design Partners are a strategic industrial product design and development consultancy. We work with Medical Device, Healthcare and Pharma companies to create successful, proven product experiences. As global leaders in product and interaction design, we believe in putting the right products in the hands of healthcare professionals and patients to allow them to perform tasks efficiently and consistently to improve patient outcomes.
For over 30 years Design Partners have collaborated with our clients to develop exceptional user experiences. We serve our global client base from our purpose build design and engineering facility in Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Our specialist Healthcare division provides end-to-product design, development and engineering services to meet the needs of medical device, healthcare and pharma clients. Our multi-disciplinary team of designers and engineers work in close collaboration with our clients, which allows us to deliver exceptional, effective and engaging product experiences.
We have deep experience and expertise in the design of all physical aspects of product. We particularly focus on integrating the physical and digital experience.
We have developed a unique, integrated design process that combines exceptional craftsmanship with innovative technologies and manufacturing processes.

Products and Services

Design partners work in 3 strategic areas of product development: Healthcare, Consumer and Professional.

The Healthcare Division is ISO 13485 certified and offers a broad range of design and engineering services that are underpinned by a true human factors engineering (HFE) approach. We have expertise in highly complex, mechanical and ergonomic, handheld surgical & interventional devices, as well as connected health, patient experience design, diagnostics devices, monitoring devices, capital equipment and packaging.
We specialise in human factors and usability engineering for medical devices and user interfaces, performing formative evaluations of prototype medical devices and final production level summative testing.

In the consumer division, our expertise encompasses the complete user experience, including brand identity and any aspect of design that directly relates to the product experience, including product strategy

The professional division focusses on the future of the modern work place and how effective design solutions deliver safety, increased productivity and efficiency. Our offering here comes from strong research ability in mapping work flows and understanding process.

Core Competencies at Design Partners include: voice of customer (VOC) research, human factors engineering, ethnography, concept design, mechanical engineering, design for manufacture, prototyping, 3D printing, model making, Class A Surfacing, user experience, interaction design and surgical animation.

Value Proposition

We help our customers to grow their business and their brands through intelligent, effective and beautiful experiential product design. Through a powerful combination of innovative thinking and doing, strategic vision and excellent execution, we uncover the opportunity to bring bold, unique perspectives to life.

Standards and Certificates

Quality Standards: ISO13485, ISO9001, IEC62366

International Design Awards: 2017 Red Dot Product Design Awards, 2017 IF Product Design Awards, 2016 Irish Design Awards, 2017 Good Design Awards, CES Honoree Label Janus de l’Industrie Industrial Design Excellence Award

Sector(s) Served

Medical Devices, Consumer Health, Diagnostics Devices, Medical Capital Equipment, Connected Health, Consumer Electronics, Household Appliances, Sports and Leisure Equipment, Audio, Industrial Productivity Equipment, Connected Industry, Health and Safety, AgriTec, IoT.

Key Clients

Medical: Abbott, MedTronic, Abbvie, Cosmed, Shire, JenaValve, TEVA, Arc Devices, Aerogen, Hollister, Nypro, Welsh Allyn, Mallinckrodt, S3 Group.
Consumer:Logitech, Verisure,Samsung, Huawei, Ultimate Ears, Corning, Terrailon, Cricut, SCJohnson, Calor, Amica.
Professional: Honeywell, 3dconnexions, Harmen AMX, Ersules, Palladin, Maggrow, FEI, Tomra.

Geographical Market(s) Served

Design Partners serve clients all over the globe: Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, United States of America (USA), Canada, Taiwan, Singapore.


IDA Bray Business Park, Southern Cross Route, Bray Co Wicklow

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