An emphasis on DESIGN
While it’s imperative that anything reviewed achieves its objective from a practical and functional perspective, the WOLF review process has an emphasis on design and craftsmanship. Different product types will have different reviewing criteria. No one can claim to be experts on everything and there will be many products and areas beyond our realm with which we would decline reviewing services. Where a product is heavily based on function or technology we must assume that all main functional and pragmatic criterion are well met. For example, if we were to review a guitar we would not open the product to reveal and study its inner workings. Likewise, we would not necessarily try out the instrument to assess its feels and sounds. Our focus would be on how the guitar looks and feels to the eyes and hands.
A large range of products are reviewed each year and our processes vary accordingly. A car for example will require a very different approach to something significantly smaller like a vase. Smaller products would normally be delivered and photographed in one of our studios. While it is preferable to have the actual item for review in front of our examiners this is not always possible and high resolutions digital images may in some instances be used particularly for our experts who may be overseas. A team of several experts is assembled as per suitability to the product. Each expert is then afforded private time to make individual assessments before meeting in a group conference to further discuss their findings. Where the panel agree on certain aspects, those views are formulated into a written report. Further to those notes is the all-important WOLF Design score that is derived as an average from all the examiners. Excluding the delivery period, the length of a review process can take anywhere between 1 to 4 weeks depending on the product or place in review.
The WOLF Appraisal pack
Upon completion of our examination review a written report with professional photos are provided in both hard and soft copy. A license will be issued to use the text from our review to further promote a product online through websites, newsletter, blogs, etc.
Most importantly however is the WOLF seal of approval which will come with a score. The WOLF seal will be provided as a PDF file which can be attached wherever your product is presented digitally. Customised labels bearing the WOLF seal of approval can also be ordered at an additional cost.
Dependant on the product type and score you may also purchase our online promotions package which can further enhance your product throughout online publications, including newsletters, blogs and other websites.