Industrial design projects often provide us with opportunities for new and interesting experiences. The development of the D’Addario Eclipse instrument tuner was no different as it required travelling to Shenzhen, China!

Many of the products that we design are manufactured in Asia. This requires close communication during the final project phase where we refine the production details with the manufacturer.

For this project, we took it a step further and flew to China to expedite the process and finish the design detailing in the same room with the manufacturer’s engineers. By bringing expertise from opposite sides of the world to the same table we were able to discuss options, make revisions and reduce costs without the impact of a 12 hour time difference and possible miscommunications.

This process not only resulted in a higher quality product, but also provided us with valuable insights into the technology and culture of our manufacturing partners, as well as building new friendships and business relationships.

Guitar tuner design - colors

We had one day off during our stay and our hosts graciously took us out to see the lush hills and coastline east of Shenzhen.

GPD and D'Addario team hiking in China

On our last day, we spent the night in Hong Kong before our long flight home. Taking the tram up Victoria Peak provides an incredible view overlooking the Kowloon and Hong Kong skyline!

hong kong skyline at night