About

START AT SQUAREONE. It all starts with an idea. Squareone is more than just your ordinary design agency that does everything just like everybody else. Strategic product and innovation development to us is a systematic start of a project and process management that is focussed on competence, deadlines and budget. Or as we like to call it: “Start at Squareone.”

Our clients are partners at eye level. This creates a personal level allowing thoughts and opinions to be shared open and directly. because that’s just how we love communication to be – always straight forward, no flourishes, the goal always in mind. We don’t talk, we find solutions.

What kind of task we are facing is not that important because we get fuelled and curious about any possible problem. Experimenting, trying out, taking different or completely new ways are our tools on the path to the solution. Our wide spread experience, our cross-sectoral network and our favourable location right in the centre of Germany help us try to quickly understand new topics and research under realistic conditions until we are able to implement first solutions in our in-house lab.

Squareone’s affairs are always up to date – not least because of the university work of our professors Topel and Trauernicht. New impulses and fresh ideas are delivered free to our door, so to say. We passionately take part in current discussions regarding design, innovation user experience and sustainability. We publish our ideas, thoughts and opinions via articles in special interest magazines, lectures on design fairs and internal company events. Because our option seems to matter – that’s why we keep acting in the roles of consultants at copyright trials and jurors at design awards (at the iF-Design Award for example).

Why don’t you get your own idea of our agency, our ideas and solutions right here on location? It all comes with fantastic coffee. See you in Düsseldorf.

CO-CREATION

NEARNESS CREATES TRUST. Cooperation between businesses is in general comparable to a relationship between people. There are expectations, hopes and lots of unanswered questions. The rule in both cases is: Trust is key to success. But trust needs time. You have to know each other to truly trust one another.
That’s why Squareone prefers to work openly, cooperatively and transparent together with you as our client. This way we are able to get an idea of your needs and expectations and can offer our best possible support. In doing so, we would like to see your company as a whole – from the “ordinary” employee up to the boss – and at best include everybody in the development process.

A proven method to get to know each other is workshops that we offer our clients on a regular basis. As a new client a workshop enables us to understand your actual needs very quickly. Do you really need a new development or is maybe a face lift the better solution to retain a current product in the market? More than that, workshops can build a foundation for product innovation or strategy. Whatever the case, they are a cost-efficient alternative to get to know and trust each other before releasing higher budgets.

In order to successfully shape long-term developments, we introduce knowledge and experience of our clients into the project from day one – next to our experience and expertise. This ensures that all involved on both sides are involved and at the same level from the very beginning.

THE INTERSECTION OF STARTUPS AND GROWN UP BUSINESSES

WE HELP STARTUPS TO BRING THEIR PRODUCTS TO MARKET QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY

A majority of startups fail on the way to bring an idea to market maturity. Many of them very late, when a lot of money has already been invested. Often this is because the need has not been properly tested - meaning the product is simply not needed. Often, however, mistakes are made in the further process or in the business model, so that even with a good idea with the right market potential, it can not be realized. Due to many years of experience in innovation and product development in a wide variety of industries, we know the problems and challenges that startups face. Our experience is based on the support of international startups, as well as on the cooperation with established, medium.sized companies and corporations. Therefore, we ask the right questions and have the right processes and tools for a purposeful development. On the other hand, we bring along the necessary network of suppliers, producers and investors. This is our basis for optimal support of startups and to help them make the right decisions and successful products.

Important tools are for example challenging solutions and business models, product benchmarking and evaluation of market needs, efficient MVP development and user testing.