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Only Connect: The golden principle of good design

Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly.

I have recently been working on a project that has had some major design issues and it made me ask questions like how did we get here, and what decisions were made to get this design accepted and put into production.

Now the design was not necessarily a bad one, just over complex and from a production perspective very difficult and time confusing to assemble.

This can be very typical of many designs we see and sometimes the “in joke” is that a design may be a duck billed platypus as it has clearly been designed by a committee.

Getting everyone’s buy in on the design can be a good thing. However, the golden principle of design is that one person should have the overall say and make the final decision.

Having more than one person responsible for design can end up with a poor device that compromises the overall design just to allow it to please everyone on the design team.

I know that you are thinking, ok we know this already. Well you’re right and so is your colleague you’re working with! I guess it’s all about having the ability to have creative meetings that enable good thinking that does not rely on compromise. Don’t be afraid to fight for your design, without having the worry of what others may think.

To help you make the right decisions, watch this video. I think you’ll find it very helpful!

Previous Only Connect entries:

* Only Connect: Common fiber connectors – a guide

* Only Connect: Product innovation – mixing signal

* Only Connect: IPC versus Greenpeace electronics scorecard

* Only Connect: Product innovation from Space

* Only Connect: Apple’s MagSafe connector makes sense

* Only Connect: Coaxial connections guide

* Only Connect: Eco-gift for Christmas (Going Green #4)

* Only Connect: How to promote UK Manufacturing #3

* Only Connect: On using Ethernet connectors

* Only Connect: High-temp superconductors good news for renewable energy

* Only Connect: A positive mindset for winning government contracts

* Only Connect: A Top Ten of connector manufacturers

* Only Connect: Red toxic sludge points the way (Going Green #3)

* Only Connect: Handy Design Tips #4 – Explosion proof Ethernet

* Only Connect: We’re changing the world into a better place, baby!

* Only Connect: Handy Design Tips #3 – The right wrong connector

* Only Connect: Proud of the Made In UK mark

* Only Connect: Handy Design Tips #1 – Colour

* Only Connect: Better promoting the value of UK manufacturing

Tags: designs, duck billed platypus, Greenpeace, manufacturing industry, nicab, Only Connect, scorecard

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