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Official Q & A with Everyday Edisons Industrial Design Team

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Have any questions for the Everyday Edisons Industrial Design Team? Well now is your chance and here is your place.

Ask questions and find out more from the team who is behind all of the conceptualization, trend forecasting, user validation and styling, at Everyday Edisons.

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luv2invent's Avatar

Hi Daniel,

How important is having a back ground in the different manufacturing processes (industrial design) in what you do?

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Hey Daniel what has been your hardest task yet? as far as the show goes?

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citizen's Avatar

I’m guessing its editing. I can imagine that there’s tons of footage and its hard to narrow it all down.

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i thought daniel was a design person?

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Devin, your right, I was thinking Dan C

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Hey Jason,

On the Everyday Edisons team….there is two of everyone

Daniel Bizzell – Lead Industrial Designer
Daniel Cordero – Senior Producer

Chris Adams – Web Designer
Chris Hoy – Senior Engineer

Matt Spangard – VP, Interactive
Matt Wynn – Branding

Jason Honeycutt – Engineer
Jason Gamon – Senior Art Director

Michael Twer – Sales
Michael Cable – Host

Louis Foreman – CEO
Lewis Dameron – Associate Producer

Jon Harper – Edison Nation Web
John Meacham – Edison Nation

…and the list goes on

Hard to keep the names in line

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cicwinner372's Avatargold

Haha, what a coincidence, I’m bored Daniel, you don’t have anything else to do? lol jk

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What a great site, when i get bored or when i want to check on progress i or listen to music i can do it all over EN!!

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Tom Bobo: Its very important but unlike a manufacturing engineer we use it more for conceptual knowledge. if you can image, a artist limited by his or her pallet and in industrial design the more you have to work with the better and more innovative your conceptual deliverables are. We often bring manufacturing innovations from other industry and fields into our work. This is why you commonly get better concepts from a designer with portfolio versatility than a industry concentrated one.

Daniel Bizzell

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Hi,Daniel,
I’m looking for a commercial prototype designer/developer to work out of a fully functioning though complex prototype-I put everything into it that was easy to use,and it can be fitted to purpose,selling in the market.

Better to have options than not to have them,and work from there.

I’ve shopped around for designers/product developers before.

It is obvious that different designers/product developers[d/ds] have different skill sets,experiences,understandings.

Therefore you will get different results from different[d/s].

Because they need time to develop their ideas,after studying and understanding what’s going on with the prototype,and formulate thir approach,and because they are costly to hire,it seems to me that even to get to that point,to pay them at that point,is seriously going to blow holes in your budget.

This means that,for me anyway,I would have to commit to what they are doing,i.e. one d/ds,negotiating around what they have come up with,their input.

At this point,you would be looking for d/ds input,your input has reached the limit.

Only having access to one d/ds because of costs,unless you hit lucky,could be detrimental to your product idea,by limiting input.

It does not seem appropriate to have a second opinion,and,apart from being more cost,who would have the authority of experience to assess where the design/development is going,and input without problem?-bearing in mind that designs are multi-layered in terms of achieving each step towards completion.

So any feature in a proposed design/development represents serious work,therefore money/cost.

What can you say about this?

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Adam,

Is your product a consumer product or commercial / industrial? In my opinion it sounds like your looking for a mechanical engineer, more than a industrial designer or conceptualize..r. Their is a process to bringing a product to market, you will surely work with more than one group or discipline.
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Hi,Dan,
Thanks for your response.It is a consumer/industrial product.

You’re right about what you’re saying.

The bits and pieces,and mechanisms are worked out,and what is essential to the product is there and working.

It is a matter of fining up what is there so that it works better,more easily,more user friendly.

Then establishing what is commercially viable in terms of inclusion and/or exclusion,and then parts design,to manufacture and assemble efficiently and economically to produce at a retailable price.

So,I’m looking for a product developer,someone who interfaces with the market,and is aware of customer requirements,market requirements[in terms of what will sell,and what will sell related to costs of production],and who can feedback that awareness along with a mechanical awareness and knowledge to shape the product.

Am I right or am I right,Daniel?

If so,who would be that person?

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Hi Daniel! I don’t know if you are the right person to ask, but “industrial design” sounds like you might know the answer. Every year about this time, I have the same old problem. I always make halloween costumes for myself, my wife and my kids. We usually win whatever contests we enter because I go to town on the design and artistic elements. But the costumes always look unprofessional because I invariably resort to paper mache and old cardboard boxes as the main structural material. This year I made a Nintendo Kirby costume for my 8-year-old son. In an attempt to work in other media, I started to make the round shell of the costume out of “Great Stuff” which is a foam sealant. But it came out too lumpy. So I had to cover the whole thing in good old reliable paper machet. So I was wondering if you industrial designers could recommend another good inexpensive structural medium, like paper machet.

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nospohenterprise's Avatar

Raf,
post pictures when your done :o)

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I have to get the pics from the camera to the PC. But for now, here are some pics of some of my older work.

I had to remove some of the images I initially posted, since they’re too big.Meanwhile, here’s an image of the Kirby costume:

I’ll post the other pics in a different forum topic.

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For Children s costumes I would use fabrics, furniture foam and a batten armature similar to something in the Victorian time period. To make the costume lighter, safer and breathable. a couple of hoops made from tubing should do the trick. Be careful about the toxicity in some of the materials you’re using.

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Raf, are those your slippers you used for Kirby’s
eyes? :)

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the amount of time not hearing anything at all makes me sit back with another invention to submit, there should be some sort of response to the where abouts of a project.

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Toni, Edison Nation is doing the best they can. Once you are here a
while, you will realize how much they actually do due.

When working with a regular company, it could take six months before
they even answer your email.

So have patience and keep coming up with more inventions to submit
and the time will pass nicely. :))

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thank you Toni

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I am fairly new at EN and am as curious as Toni Marie as far as “how things are done here”. I currently have 5 ideas sitting with the BB&Beyond promotion. What happens now and in near future? I guess I imagined that EN met with BB&Beyond people and they would begin making their keep, don’t keep piles. Am I anywhere near close?

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Hi Rebecca, BB&B closed May 1st. They have 45 days to choose winners
if they like anything that we have submitted. From now until then
they will probably choose there first round of hopefuls. So if you stay
green after John M. posts the first group of hopefuls then you will be
in the finalists pick. If your dashboard goes Red, then you were not
chosen to be in the finalist group. Then John M. will post again who
the winners are. You have a fairly long wait to go.

Hope this helps Rebecca, Welcome to EN. :)

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Rebecca,

When you log in there is a dashboard thermometer looking thing that shows your entry(ies). You find out where you stand through movement on that. If you have a green check mark on any stage, it means you passed that stage of the process and you will continue to the next. If you get a red x at any stage, your idea was not chosen. If it gets a red x in the intellectual property search phase, that means that there was a problem with intellectual property. Either it is not protectable or they found something already patented. If it goes out in other stages it means different things. If you click on the the link that says “what happens at each stage?” under the thermometer there will be an explanation of each stage. Each stage narrows down the keepers. Sometimes when an idea gets a red x in the later stages, it just means that there may have been other ideas that were a better fit for that particular search. But you always have to remember that your idea was good enough to make it that far. Those who make it to stage 7 are finalists and their ideas get presented to the search sponsor. After that, it’s in the hands of the search sponsor. They can choose to commercialize as many as they’d like. If you get a green exclamation point, your idea has been chosen. If you get a red, it has not. All of this can take many weeks to many months. There are a lot of schedules to juggle, presentations to prepare, etc. I think the BB&B presentation is on 6/15. So you will definitely see some movement on your dashboard in the next few weeks, especially the week before the presentation. There’s a lot of waiting in these searches :).

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I think Raisin, pictured here, is in love with the Kirby costume!!!!

Goodnight all!

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Hi Daniel, I just watched the “behind the scenes” videos on your site, (very well done)and, as far as the physical aspects of product development go, it seems your company can easily handle “mechanical” products, but what about electrical or software based products? Are submissions of this nature at a disadvantage?

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I have seen a lot of shows about inventors with their amazing ideas some have became very successful are there any inventors that went through the everyday edison programs ever became millionaires

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Daniel Bizzell
I was wondering if there is a difference between EE and EN on how a product is presented to a sponsor? On the TV show EE (though I have not seen the show I have only seen the videos so I have assumed that) the prototypes are made, a name is chosen for the invention, CAD or 3D graphics are made, and packaging is worked up for it. Basically the whole works is presented to the Sponsor in very professional way. I guess my question really is, when submitting an idea to EN how is it presented to the sponsor? Is it just exactly how we submitted to you? or does the industrial design team do anything to it at all?

Thank you for you time Phil W

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Phil, I posted a similar question about 4 days ago on the official: find out more welcome to EN thread,but didn’t get any response.

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Hi guys,

EE is a television show that chronicles the invention process from idea to store shelves. The people on the show are chosen from casting calls to have their ideas developed by EE for the show. So in that case, EE is taking the product ideas through all the steps to get it to market and filming the process for the show. EN is a different story. EN is narrowing down submissions to the ones they think would be best to present to a search sponsor. It is my understanding that they pitch what we have provided to them. In some cases, the design team may tweak our idea a little if they think it will be beneficial. But that is the extent of it. If the search sponsor selects your idea, then EN will take your idea through all the steps you see on EE, by working with the sponsor to bring your product to market.

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Thank you for your feedback it is very helpful

Karl, cool idea to have a platinum card membership,

Margaret, thanks for the clarification,

I guess I wondering how much do they “tweak” or how much involvement is the Industrial Design Team in the process. “Stage 4 …In some cases, our product designers may enhance your idea to take it to the next level…” My question to DAN would be,if you would be so kind,to clarify what enhancements have they made or willing to make to take it to the next level. Would it involve as far as 3d graphics.
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Hello All,

Margaret hit the nail on the head. The majority of the time for Edison Nation we use all the information you provide in your submission when we present. I checked in with the review team and they estimate it is less than 1% of the time that we make any edits to the submission. If we do edit it is on a case by case bases. Karl, I am sorry I have not responded to your last post, I have had a lot of catching up to do since the Holidays : )

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Not a problem Marla,I hope i didn’t sound pouty when i mentioned not getting a response but then again they don’t call me Grinch for nutin!

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I don’t remember the date I became a finalist, it’s been a few months, how do I find out the date?

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Hello Maury,

You dashboard now displays the date your idea moved to G7.

Thanks

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Hi Marla,
How come we have not heard anything about the yahoo make it green search that ended Tuesday June 30th 2009?

Thanks,
Maury Rose

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HI Maury, I am also a finalist I love that I see the date now, I have heard nothing! Marla, thanks for that! Also, MARLA, for Yahoo Green, do we also have 6 months or would this be longer since it’s presented to ALL submission companies that you deem appropriate? Do the rules still apply for the 6 months from our G7 date, or would that 6 months start over every time you show our products to a new company.

This is a different search so can your team let us know on the BB&B forum how our submissions work? THANKS

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Hello Andrea, on all Live Product Searches the 6 months starts on the day your idea turns G7. For the Yahoo Green search we are still looking for homes for the remaining few ideas.

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Thanks Marla, went R8 today on Yahoo Green…today!

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i was wondering when should i see a change from my G3? I have now been on G3 for 6 months now with no change with bed bath and beyond.

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Hello Deanna,

Please see the following FAQ and note that the review team has been very busy.
http://support.edisonnation.com/faqs/live-produ...

You should see movement shortly :)

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When you are working on an invention submission do you involve the inventor concerning improvments you are looking to make. In other words do you brain storm with the inventor who may very well come up with additional changes or solutions to problems concerning his or her project.

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BUMP! Are we allowed to know what kind of “heat-resistant” sponge/foam was finally used inside of the Mister Steamy? After watching the new Season 3 episode, I was just left wondering… it kinda looked like memory foam!?

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I was thinking the same thing about the memory foam ;-)

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I knew sponge Bob had some hidden talent!

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LOL!!!
excellent, Sir Edward ;-)))
Now maybe Sponge Bob could use a little Microban and enter a different search…

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