About Us

Evolve offers product design and development services from concept to production.

Evolve is a product design consulting firm with manufacturing and plastics expertise, specializing in world-class product development services and committed to creating successful innovative products and to helping industry leaders enhance their position in the global market.

Why Choose Evolve

Over 30 years of experience in creating successful designs and products.

We bring creativity, experience and expertise to design exceptional products.

We offer innovation from concept to production which contributes to the business success of our clients.

We listen, collaborate and create.

Personal Welcome

Welcome to Evolve Design Solutions Inc., a product design consulting firm with manufacturing and plastics expertise, specializing in world-class product development services, and committed to helping industry leaders enhance their position in the global market.

Within this site, you will find a wealth of information conveying our capabilities, our processes, and most importantly, our philosophy; that creating great products is an accomplishment, achieved by clients and suppliers working together as strategic business partners.

If you are looking for a strategic business partner, one who shares your passion for excellence and your vision for creating a mutually beneficial relationship, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

Vision & Business Practices

Our goal is to establish a long term working relationship with you and your company. We practice a proven phased development process and typically work on a professional fee-for-service proposal basis or a design services retainer agreement.

Evolve Design Solutions is seeking, and is engaged in product development programs that will make a difference and improve your bottom line. We seek to partner on programs with companies and individuals where we will mutually share in the risks, rewards and success of our collaboration.

Our common goals and interest in the success of your program can create an extremely effective and prosperous relationship. Please call us to discuss how we can start working together.

We listen, collaborate and create…

Mission Statement

To help our clients build and maintain a competitive advantage through quick introduction of innovative, attractive and cost-effective world-class products.

Evolve Design Solutions exists as a professional service organization to improve or advance the position and interests of our clients.

We work together with our clients to create successful innovative new products in the marketplace with less time, less risk, less cost while improving our clients’ bottom line. We do so as consumer, environmental and manufacturing advocates; in the best interests of all.

Our Team

Evolve Design Solutions is composed of a team of experienced industrial designers and engineer associates which, over the years, have successfully developed products with varied manufacturing processes for the electronics, appliances, telecom, consumer, medical, sporting good and industrial markets. Our team’s multi-disciplinary expertise provides the basis for broad-thinking that leads to innovative concepts and production ready solutions.

Aldo Balatti, D.I.D., IDSA, SPE, SME
Principal & Founder

Aldo is an award-winning Senior Product Designer/Plastic Applications Specialist with 33 years of experience in a wide variety of new product development programs; mainly from concepts through to production. Prior to founding his own firm, Evolve Design Solutions Inc., in 2005, he spent 15 years as a consultant in product development working for two major design firms, where he spearheaded the plastic applications department and held the title of Design Engineering Director. Aldo has worked with many leading and reputable companies such as Black & Decker, Nortel Networks, Motorola , General Motors, Electrolux, Canada Post, MDS Nordion, Hydro-Quebec, C-MAC and CCM.

Aldo has substantial experience in 3D CAD modeling, mold filling analysis/simulation as well as in the development of injection molded components and plastic materials selection. He is an avid supporter of DFMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly), CE (Concurrent Engineering), RP (Rapid Prototyping) and RT (Rapid Tooling) as well as mold filling analysis/simulation. He holds many utility and design patents and is currently a silver member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) as well as a professional member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Aldo has published and presented many papers, was a guest speaker on the Discovery Channel as well as, on many occasions; has been a guest lecturer on Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Tooling at Carleton University, in Ottawa. He was appointed as a board member to the Moldflow IMUG (International Moldflow User Group) and was elected an honorary member of the board of directors of the SPE/PD3 (Product Design & Development) division. He has served, since 2003, as a member of the SME Injection Molding Technical Group and the SME Design for Plastics Technical Group. For 2005-2006, he has been appointed Chair of the SME Injection Molding Technical Group as well as member of the SME Engineering Materials and Applications (EMA) Steering Committee. Aldo received, in 1984, an Industrial Design Diploma and scholarships from Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technologies in Barrie, Ontario.

Awards

  • 2005 DX National Post Bronze Award, Black & Decker portable paintstation
  • 2005 IDEA Business Week Silver Award, UFO GlowBuoy floating pool light
  • 2005 Good Design Award, UFO GlowBuoy floating pool light
  • 2004 DX National Post Silver Award, UFO GlowBuoy floating pool light
  • 2004 DX National Post Bronze Award, Black & Decker 360 Bullseye laser level
  • 2004 IDEA Business Week Bronze Award, Black & Decker 360 laser level
  • 2003 DX National Post Bronze Award, Black & Decker 375 Workmate
  • 2002 Modern Plastics Innovation Design, IAP ClearVision shield support system
  • 2000 IDEA Business Week Gold Award, Sportscope Flex-Fit bicycle helmet
  • 1997 ID Annual Design Review, Excellence Award, disposable cutlery set
  • 1992 1st Price of Excellence, Montreal Kitchen & Bathroom Expo, Ultra shower
  • 1991 (2) SPI Awards of Excellence, Business Equipment & Innovation, Dharma chair
  • 1987 ID Annual Design Review, Honorable Mention, Swivel adjustable putter

Awards

Our team of designers has been recognized for numerous patents and awards, including the Business Week sponsored Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), Good Design Award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, National Post Design Exchange Awards, as well as Modern Plastics Innovation Design Award and SPI Awards of Excellence.

Professional Affiliations

Evolve Design Solutions is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers)
  • SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
  • IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America)

Testimonials

Evolve Design Solutions took our designs to a new level and helped make our product design world class.

Jim Phillips, President – Copernicus Educational Products

Evolve Design Solutions has exceeded our expectations and went above and beyond what was expected of them. Evolve provided us the necessary solutions by having an overall business discussion instead of solely focusing on our existing project.

Mat M. Seguin, President – iGoggles Eyewear

Over the years, Aldo has been a great asset to our design and engineering development team on many projects. His contribution, knowledge and expertise in plastics design, tooling, molding and prototyping have been truly beneficial in helping Electrolux with its mission for new product innovation.

Marc Fortin, BID, Product Planning Manager – Electrolux Major Appliances, North & Latin America

Aldo’s expertise in plastics design and injection molding has been a tremendous asset to SME’s volunteer engagement and educational resource development efforts. He recently exhibited exemplary project management skills and creativity in spearheading the creation of SME’s Plastics Industry Solution Center. Aldo is a great contributor and collaborator.

Diane Korona, Community Relations Manager – Engineering Materials Applications,Society of Manufacturing Engineers

It has been my pleasure and benefit to have worked with Aldo Balatti on several projects while at Nortel. Aldo Balatti is a talented designer, who has experience in a wide variety of manufacturing processes, especially plastics. Aldo brought a high level of dedication and professionalism to my projects and was an asset to my team.

David Pell, B. Eng, Former Manager – Optical Networks, Nortel Networks

I have been working on various new development programs with Aldo Balatti over the last 24 years. Aldo has always shown a good sense of understanding of the challenge for designing with various types of plastics. Aldo will evaluate various options to minimize the overall cost, including part cost, assembly cost, etc. His knowledge of the various manufacturing processes makes him an excellent mechanical designer for various industries.

Richard Baril, P. Eng, Account Manager – Polyone Distribution

I know Aldo very well as I have worked with him for over 8 years. He is a respected individual who is responsible, honest and loyal. His strength lies in his expertise in DFMA, manufacturing and plastic part design. When a manufacturer wants to develop a new product, this company must consider the large investment required in tooling and it is paramount to have an expert such as Aldo working with that manufacturer to maximize the chances of success.

Denis Matte, Former President and Founder – GID Design

I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who asks. I have always found you to be professional in your work and more importantly to me, you demonstrate true ownership of the projects that you take on. I truly believe that the success of the GlowBuoy was as important to you as it was to me and you became my most valuable team member. Your ingenious design and hard work resulted in the GlowBuoy winning the Silver Medal in the National Post Design Exchange Awards for 2004, a distinction we can both be very proud of.

Miles Kennedy, Chairman and Founder – Ultralight Floating Objects

Having worked closely with Aldo on boards of both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the International Moldflow Users Group (IMUG), I’ve found him to be a dynamic leader willing to take on responsibility for spreading knowledge he’s gained through his years of experience. He’s one of those people who not only makes the effort to keep his finger on the pulse of the plastics industry, but is proactive in ensuring this information gets to the people who need it.

Timothy B. Austin, Principal Engineer – Motorola

Aldo was instrumental in helping us achieve a vision for the industrial design for the Tech 2, an electronic, automotive diagnostics tool. With leadership, he facilitated the QFD study and guided us through the concept definition and usage study, and rapidly provided us with multiple prototypes to select from. One of these was later selected as the basis of our product used to troubleshoot GM vehicles off the manufacturing line and at dealership shops.

Enrique Alfaro, Former Senior Experimental Engineer – General Motors, Service Technology Group

Aldo has been part of two of my teams on industry projects, in SPE and in SME, and I am pleased to recommend his work, his expertise, his management and his ability coupled with willingness to do “whatever it takes” to achieve superior results with on-time performance. Aldo is a wonderful asset to work with in plastics. He has the knowledge and the diversity of experience to find the right solutions for product and plastic manufacturing. I would strongly suggest working with him, because he quickly becomes a “go to” guy for your operation!

Barbara J. Arnold-Feret, President – PARTS, Keller, TX

Working with Aldo on several projects for just over a year, I was witness to his remarkable knowledge of plastics, manufacturing know-how and his keen attention to detail. Along with his professionalism and sense of fairness, contributing to the success of our shared projects, was Aldo’s sense of humor. I would be more than willing to work with Aldo at any time in the future!

Jeff Richter, P. Eng, Mechanical Design – Alcatel Canada

Throughout a person’s career, it is important to have someone who you can simply trust to just know the answer to any question you may have; a colleague that you can turn to when you need to find the solution to a problem quickly. I have known only a few of these people, and Aldo Balatti is one of these few. Upon starting my design career I was fortunate to work within the same design firm as Aldo. In the large consultancy we worked in, he was the person that everyone approached to help find solutions for all design related issues. As a mentor to me, he passed on extensive knowledge of manufacturing and materials, and above all, in general design practice. I know I could not be where I am today without having worked with him.

Jason Busschaert, B.I.D., IDSA, SME, Director of Industrial Design – Craftsman, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

As the former Director of Business Development at a reputable product development firm, I had the pleasure of working with Aldo on a number of projects. He was instrumental in developing creative and cost-effective design programs for our clients as well as contributing to the business and marketing aspects of the company. I consistently received positive comments from these same clients regarding Aldo’s thoroughness and his attention to the smallest details. His knowledge of how plastics can be best utilized in design is second to none. An all around good person, I would not hesitate to give him my highest recommendation.

Brian Ebbinghaus, IDSA, Sr. Industrial Design Specialist – General Dynamics Land Systems

I have worked with Aldo for several years now on a variety of projects. Throughout each process it was clear to me that my job was going to be easier because of the breadth of technical knowledge Aldo brings to the table, and of the attention to detail to make sure it is done right. When you have people like that on your project team, it is like building a cross functional team of molding, tooling, materials and design experts in one package. This is concurrent engineering at its simplest form. I would not hesitate to engage Aldo in any project I would be considering, as he will bring value regardless of the purpose.

Richard Peters, Secondary Operations Leader – Advanced Materials, SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics)