iD@-Concept is an organization which promotesthe development of innovative projectsat an entrepreneurial level. To achieve this purpose, iD@ benefits from both designers’ creative work andthe industry.
iD@-Concept is an unlimited source of innovation and has both a productive and an industrial nature. It gives the manufacturing sector the chance to have a privileged access to ideas and projects from everywhere in the world. It is a virtual space where small, medium and large enterprises can access the best ideas of original products created anywhere in the world. It is also a space where enterprises can interact with one another.Furthermore, iD@ gives the chance to strengthen links for commercial cooperation, thus offering enterprises the possibility to find product or component manufacturers that can help them improve their competitiveness.
iD@-Concept is a platform for designers’projects, ideas and portfolios. It gives them the chance to present themselves to international enterprises interested in developing innovative projects. Such ideas or projects show great potential for production and have both anobjectual and an architectural nature, which aims at developing the industrial sector.
For iD@-Concept,creative innovation is neither a concept tobe managed or accounted, northe creation of meaningless, expensive and non-eco-friendly forms and products. For iD@, innovation means daily improvement. In other words, innovation corresponds to the ability to create high quality, ergonomic, functional, attractive, eco-friendly and competitive products. Therefore, innovation is what every designer creates and which occupies a precise space in the world. Hence, iD@ emphasizes the continuity (and not the divide) that exists between the world of production and creativity.
The purpose of innovation is to improve what tangibly surrounds people. However, innovation is not exclusively ‘men-oriented’. It rather conceives of mankindas a crucial (but not as the only) part of the natural and artificial environment.
A dichotomy between designers and industry exists. Let us explain this statement. Designers always look for an answer to men’s questions, although some of these questions have not yetbeen asked. The industry, instead, tries to protect its economy. For an enterprise, in fact, money represents one of its most important driving forces, as it ensures its life and continuity in the market.
It is thus in the achievement of the aim that such a dichotomy becomes visible. Designers and industry are sometimes two interlocutors that speak two different languages. On the one hand, designers aim at creating better products. On the other hand, industry aims to reduce costs, thus receiving economicbenefits which guarantee its longstanding competitiveness in the market. What happens is that, most of the time, the best products are not those we find in the market. Sometimes, the best quality products are not produced because they exceed the enterprise’s allocated budgetfor manufacturing such products, either because their price is not competitivein the market or simply because they do not meet the industrial director’s expectations and/or taste.
Industrial innovation aims at bridging the gap between production and creativity interests. Since iD@’s portal promotes the concept of industrial innovation, it substantially looks for a balance between creative aestheticism– intended as an unlimited source of innovation – and industrial innovation. In this way, iD@ can help designers achieve their final purpose, which is the development of potentially successful products in the current market of differentiation.
Why Do I Need iD@ If I Am …
The objective is to support and help all the members of a productive chain, from the creative talent to the final user passing through the manufacturing sector.
For the manufacturing industry, iD@-Concept represents an unlimited source of creative ideas in line with theindustry’s performance in its specific, commercial area. Industry often makes use of its creative resources in a very limited way, and it is precisely here that iD@ joins the productive chain of the industry. iD@offers new possibilities which are not limited to the copy or the reproduction of objects produced somewhere else in the world. iD@ offers new designs which give entrepreneurs the chance to set up a permanent Department of Research and Developmentopen to every kind of designer coming from everywhere in the world.iD@ also gives the opportunity to find - within its community -manufacturers, suppliers andassemblers located everywhere in the world.
iD@ is a touchstone for new enterprises or emergent industries which are seeking to createnew projects in line with their specific needs. iD@is also a referent point for all those new enterprises in search for original projects.
For the Final User
iD@-Concept is a portal where onecan observe new projects and include them into her/his general environment. iD@may represent a gallery full of new possibilities in people’sdaily lives.
iD@-Concept is the most efficient way to approach manufacturing enterprises. It’s a great opportunity to promote your talent and work byensuring the protection of both your intellectual property and professional development.
For Commercial-Oriented Enterprises
iD@-Concept is a gallery of products where commercial-oriented enterprises can findunique creations for their shops. iD@ gives birth to a new source of competition by integrating,to its list of products,new items which canbe producedexclusively for commercial enterprises showing some interest in such products.
What Portfolios Are
Designers’ portfolios correspond to the graphic representation of completed projects (or projects undertaken) and enterprises’ or individuals’ earned achievements. The aim of such portfolios is to spread designers’ abilities and knowledge.
What Product iD@s Are
iD@s are independent projects developed by designers in a free, independent way. Such products have to meet some requirements:
1- Originality: projects must be original and not copies of other projects. In this way, the manufacturing sector can boast of exclusive rights when acquiring rights production from iD@.
2- Exclusiveness: iD@’s projects cannot be either massively or individually submitted somewhere else apart from iD@-Concept. Thisis done withthe aim to protect, on the one hand, the industrial sector’s goal to seek for innovative and original projects; on the other hand, to avoid the risk of repeatingconcepts and projects that have already been developed by other enterprises, which can also cause designers serious legal problems.
3- Anonymity: in order to protect designers’ interests and consideringhow variable their salary rateis everywhere in the world, iD@ does not allow potential clients to estimate projects on the basis ofa designer’s name or country of origin. This means that iD@ negotiates prices and discusses theproject development directly with the enterprise. iD@’s objective is to find and offer the best option both for the enterprise and the project designer.
4- Rights reserved: the designer has to sign or accept a contractual clause, which authorizes iD@-Concept to manage her/his project. This includes the request for project amendments or adjustments. iD@ is in charge of looking for the project producer who offers the best conditions for both the enterprise and the designer.
What is the Function of iD@-Concept?
ID@-Concept seeks to establish an economic and productive contact between the manufacturing sector and designers.
First of all, create your personal profile including all the information required, such as name, business logo, contact(s), nameof the place where you are situated (name of the city, province and country). This will helpinternational or local enterprises find your products and services more easily. More importantly, please indicate whether you can offer outsourcing services: namely, product and industrial service outsourcing.Successively, you must pay your registration. This step is fundamental as it gives you the opportunity to have access to 1) the section where you can search for industrial partners, suppliers, etc., and, 2) the sectioniD@ dedicates to the proposition of new products.
Once you have created your profile, the administrator will engage in analyzing and hopefully approving it. Time estimated to verify the candidate’s profile, the payment of her/his registration fees and her/his entry into the system is 24hours (at maximum). Once your profile is approved, you can start freely surfing on the most promising industrial innovation platform ever created in the world.
As in the previous profile, you will need to create your profile (for free). Leave your contact(s) in order to be easily reachable in case of hiring or industrial research. Please indicate your preferences and what you would like to design.
Then submit your profile. This will take a couple of minutes. Once you are approved, you can proceed to the second step.
Second step. Create your portfolio by selecting the best images of the projects you have taken part in. Please do not forget to sign each image and sketch. Please remember that images cannot exceed 2MG -- this will facilitate your surfing on iD@’s platform.
Third step. Do you have new, original ideas of products which can be industrially produced but have no manufacturer? Do you want to protect your idea(s) from misappropriation? Welcome!iD@ is a useful work platform. We invite you to upload your ideas here. Magic starts withiD@.
First of all, please give your project a name. Then,provide us with a rendering of your project and a short but exhaustive description of it. This will help entrepreneurs understand the aim of your project. Moreover, you will need to provide us with an economic evaluation of your work (please, remember that for various reasons, your evaluation will undergo some modifications by the administration). However, iD@ensures it will look for the best and most convenient agreement for both the enterprise and the designer.
Then, please indicate to what extent your idea is developed. Please note that the more it is developed the better, as it protects your idea from misappropriation. In fact, it is exactly when an idea is still a sketch that it is easy to be plagiarized. Instead, when an idea is more fullydeveloped, it is more worthwhile to buy it than to develop it starting from a simple image.
Finally, you will need to indicate whether your idea is registered or not. If it is registered, iD@ kindly recommends your mentioning that in the description as well as in the link you can find on every registration page for each idea.
In conclusion, you will need tosign the terms and conditions, which gives us the right to promote your iD@, show it to potentially interested enterprises and eventually negotiate the best agreement for you both.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Images must not exceed 2MG
- You can publish, remove, erase, add images to your portfolio, add more portfolios, etc.
- At any time, you can remove your iD@ from the portal, provided that your iD@ is not under negotiation. Time estimated to verify such information is 2 - 4 weeks. Depending on the result, your iD@ may or may not be removed. It will not be removed if a negotiation with an enterprise has already started, which means that the enterprise has most probably started to make some amendments to your project, invested and spent some money in operative and administration costs to start developing your project.
What If an Enterprise is interested in My Project?
Once an enterprise shows some interest in your project, we will do our best to make it work properly. The enterprise will need to deposit in our account the amount of money requested by ida-concept.com. Such money includesthe payment for both the creation and the development of the iD@. This can take a number of days. Once the agreement has been signed, we will inform the designer on the negotiation process.
Successively, the designer will need to send us the drawings, the parametric 3D modelling, the list of materials, the technical specifications (electric and electronic plans, etc.), the production plan and any specific material to be used to produce your product. Again, the more your project is developed the better it is for you and the enterprise.
Once we have both the money and the material, we will first send the production material to the enterprise. At this stage, the negotiation is already closed. This means that we can deposit 30% of the project value to the designer’s bank account. However, the enterprise can still ask for some amendments. Therefore, we will communicate to the designer the enterprise’s new requests. Once the enterprise accepts such amendments and approves the project (we will, however, send the designer the confirmation of acceptance), we will be able to send the designer the remaining paymentfor his work.
I Am an Enterprise Looking for Promising Project Ideas. What Should I Do?
First of all, you need to register with our platform and pay the subscription fees. If your enterprise is already registered, you can have access to the iD@’s section in order to search for new projects. Should the enterprise be interested in a project, iD@ will take care of making a contract to buy the project. The enterprise will pay for the total cost of the project and deposit such money into iD@’s account. At this point, the project will be automatically registered under the enterprise’s name. Once the project has been registered, only the above-mentioned enterprise will have access to it. iD@, on the other hand, will contact the designer to obtain the drawings, the parametric 3D modelling, the list of materials, the technical specifications (electronic plans, etc.), the production plan and any specific material to be used to produce such product. Please remember that the project can undergo some modifications according to the enterprise’s specific needs and contract agreements. The enterprise will be allotted some time to evaluate the project, and should some changes be necessary, they will be made once both the designer and the enterprise haveagreed on them. Once the enterprise approves and agrees with the whole project, the designer will be paid in full.