We work hard as a team to remain open and transparent with our clients, delivering projects that succeed through collaboration, inspiration and trust.

Here’s how we go about it.

Why Katapult?

We know good design makes a difference; To a product’s success, to people’s lives, and to the health of our planet.

Good design ensures you get back what you put in, so it’s worth the investment. We set out to prove the value of design, over and over again.

Because good design matters.

We Balance Passion With Pragmatism

We believe that design solutions should be elegant in resolution, innovative in function and compelling in appearance. We have strong opinions but a sympathetic ear, we have years of experience, but we are always learning. We observe without prejudice, yet challenge everything we see.

We Are Team Players

We are strong believers in an open and honest process. We are committed to the success of our clients and understand that ultimately we will be judged by it. We are determined to develop long term, cohesive, passionate relationships with our clients.

We Work Like Hell

Our attention to detail is second to none. Our industry knowledge allows us to develop inspired resolutions, our nimble approach means we can do it faster than you think. Our collaborative working model means our team is always at the cutting edge of technology.

Proven Success

We have been designing great products for almost 30 years, developing hundreds of clever solutions to complex problems for clients from all parts of the world. We have won many local and international design awards, created industry hype and increased revenue for clients.

We’re Involved

We take our role in the broader design community seriously. Not only do we seek to inspire and excite our clients, we aim to champion industrial design as more relevant to everyday life now than ever before. We don’t sit back and watch, we roll up our sleeves and get involved. Work with us and you’ll experience our enthusiasm first hand.

Our Approach

We work closely with you to create human centred solutions. We listen carefully to your needs and respond honestly in simple, clear terms.

We think big picture, but also sweat the details. We’re nimble enough to adjust to your changing needs, yet have the firepower to tackle complex projects.

We love a challenge.

Every project is different and requires subtle changes to our thinking and delivery, however we are always guided by our 6-stage process.

1. Listen & Understand

We seek to fully understand the problem we are trying to solve. We talk to our clients, their customers, potential suppliers, competitors and any other stakeholders to gather information. We get out of the office; we ride on trains, visit shopping malls, use sample products, observe and imagine what might happen in the future. We ask people questions and establish the guiding principles that underpin our thinking moving forwards.

2. Think & Create

Once we have gathered our research, we think. We imagine solutions, we challenge the status quo, we re-think what others have always done. Then we create. We sketch, we build mock-ups, we use found objects, whatever it takes to get to the idea. We produce concepts that will delight and surprise. Concepts that we know can be developed.

3. Develop & Refine

After selecting the preferred direction we develop the detail. We engineer 3D CAD models that consider every aspect of the new design: Fits, function, appearance, feel, manufacturability, cost. We consult with suppliers, manufacturers, industry experts and our clients to develop a design. We test, evaluate, evolve and refine the design until we are satisfied it is the one.

4. Prototype & Test

Once the preferred design is developed we build fully detailed working prototypes that bring the product to life. We test the prototype as if it were a real product. We pay attention to the detail, look for problems and rectify them to ensure they don’t become issues down the line. We encourage our clients and their customers to interact with the models to test our design and ensure fitness for purpose.

5. Review & Define

Once the prototypes have been fully tested by Katapult and our client we conduct a thorough refinement phase where product details are reviewed and finalised prior to production. CAD files and production specs are reviewed, revised and completed for compliance with local and international design standards. This package of documentation fully defines the product and can be issued for final production quotes and subsequent manufacture.

6. Implement & Support

The final data set is then issued to the selected supplier(s). We work closely with them to ensure design intent is maintained throughout the process and the final result is as expected. We review tooling files, advise on production issues, critique pre-production samples and marshall our team. We are our clientʼs eyes and ears as their dream becomes reality.

Design Services

We develop products for a broad range of categories, from consumer goods to hi-tech electronic devices and medical equipment. We work with global brands, local icons and start-ups.

We offer full turn-key design and development services, or we can simply dovetail into your organisation to perform specific tasks. Be it product, digital or brand design, we will delight you with the outcome.

We get the job done.

Industrial Design and Product Development

We provide complete turn-key industrial design and product engineering solutions from concept through to production. Should you need targeted assistance on an individual aspect of the product design and development process, our services are flexible and can be integrated into your business easily and cost-effectively.

Our typical product design services include:

• Concept generation
• Detailed industrial design
• 3D CAD modeling + development
• Prototyping
• Product design and engineering
• Materials, processes and supplier sourcing
• Production implementation

User Experience & User Interface Design

Our expertise in user experience and user interface design is essential for developing holistic design solutions. Our GUI work is driven by a desire to make the user experience simple and intuitive; our approach to UI design immersive and human-centered.

We plan for the unexpected, look for the inspirational and roll it together to create something beautiful and clever.

Structural Packaging & FMCG

Our team are well-versed in the design and development of sustainable packaging solutions and FMCG goods. We can tackle such projects in isolation or as part of the broader product development piece.

Product Branding

We offer expert brand and graphic design services as part of our product development process should your project require it.

Research, Review and Analysis

We provide industry-specific product and competitor research, trend review and design related analysis so that you understand what your customers need with more clarity and purpose. We bring new insights to your team with our design-led approach to problems.

Strategic Design Thinking

We provide planning services that help you identify new and innovative product or service areas before your competitors. We also offer strategic thinking and business development support, be it team building, opportunity mapping or future product development.

The Katapult team

Nathan Pollock
Director

Lloyd Fenn
Technical Director

Lee Rodezno
Design Director

Troy Nyssen
Creative Director

Tristan Brega
Senior Designer

James Burns
Product Design Engineer

Kim Pollock
Studio Manager

Craig Rochfort
Brand & Strategy

Connor MacMillan
Product Design Engineer

Michael Rossignuolo
Design Director