Brian Erickson is Manufacturing Manager and an experienced entrepreneur from Michigan. He has over 20 years of experience in product development. Having a manufacturing background helped Brian to come up with a solution that not only solves the cupcake tin storage problem, but the issues of washing cupcake tins as well. He developed the idea for individual cupcake tins, so that users can use and wash only the tins they need. His idea prevents water from getting everywhere while washing the tin, and then allows the tins to store neatly by stacking them.
The Quirky team felt that it was an innovative solution for the baker who wants to control the number cupcakes they want to make plus, it is great for space saving. It Read More...
We are introducing two products for development today, as requested by a retail partner. There is no traditional evaluation phase so influence will be distributed across the development phases. The influence available for each project will be posted at the top of the project page.
Below are some inspiration questions for each product. Get inspired and have fun with it. Let’s make some awesome products, people!
College Lock Box
Research phase open Oct 31-Nov 2.
In college you share rooms/living areas and commonly have people coming in and out of your space. It’s not a guarantee that your belongings will be safe in these conditions. Lock boxes provide some protection, but they al Read More...
(1) Community Liaison Reports: Will be all text, no videos for now. Text is easier to edit after the fact, and view count went from about 400 to 150 when I started including more text below the video.
(2) Quirky Community Activity (10/27): About 1,700 active users yesterday, and about 6,500 active users this week. About 80 new idea submissions added daily.
(3) Product Updates: Shower Station now shipping! Flair made it out of Presale (See more in Thundernumber’s PreSales Report).
(3) Meeting with Shirley: We discussed how to reach members outside of the Forums to make more contact and get valuable feedback. We are considering adding something (including polls) to the Weekly email blast.
(4) The Qmunity Hu Read More...
Make sure you’re a smooth operator next time you grill. Olio is a brush designed to oil BBQ grates easily and evenly. A hollow reservoir in the brush holds oil and dispenses it gradually down the silicone bristles for safe use. A well-oiled grill improves cooking by helping food slide off smoothly, without tearing, and creates those perfect grill marks every chef dreams of. Regular use will extend the life of your grill by preserving the grate and making it easier to clean. This will be your secret weapon to BBQ mastery.
A trained chef, Steffani Adaska knew that properly oiling a grill was key to producing great food. She submitted an idea for a brush that could make doing that safer and easier. Over 1075 people came toge Read More...
Our products are so fresh and so clean, clean! Sku select emails just went out for Shower Station. People with presale commitments have 2 full weeks (until Nov 9) to complete their orders and lock down their influence.
We caught up with Josh Wright, ideator of Shower Station, to interview him as we begin shipping.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Really? With all the bios and interviews I’ve done? This is the first question? Haha joking. I’m Josh Wright, I’m 31 years old and I’m obsessively drawn to anything tech related. I program, I do 3D renders, I’m *nix certified and only nerds like me even know what that means! I’m married to my middle school sweethe Read More...
Hold everything! Brace is a set of wall-mounted organizers that can be adjusted to suit a variety of needs. Flexible wire “arms” can be bent around items or into hooks for hanging. A sliding track and individual-sized brackets let you choose the best way to install.
Drew Kelley submitted an idea for wires that could hold practically anything. Over 169 people came together to turn that idea into a wildly useful product. Brace is now available in the Quirky shop for $19.99 presale ($24.99 retail) with a threshold of 1200 commitments. Get a set today!
-Includes 3 wire “arms”, 3 individual brackets, 1 sliding track, and mounting hardware
-Flexible wires can bend around items or act as hooks
-Smo Read More...
Last Friday’s Eval brought two new inventors into the Quirky fold, and we’re very excited to get to work with everyone on both of these exciting ideas. The first winner was Jan Habraken, a Product Designer from New York City. He came up with this idea ten years ago when he wanted to design a household product that solved the problem of portion control. This container with portion control allows people to easily measure out only the amount of food that they actually need. While designing this product, he found that he could simplify the whole process if he made the product that measures the food, the storage vessel as well.
The Quirky team felt that Jan’s solution was a very clever way of integrating portio Read More...
(1) New Eval System: (a) Hide button has been added to each submission, (b) Next Page added and Infinite Scrolling now optional, (c) Note Save as a handy tool.
(2) Brainstorm opportunities: (a) In the comment stream of a submission, especially if it is in Under Consideration, (b) in Monday’s “In preparation of Wednesday’s Brainstorm” blog post (like this one), (c) Chatting during the live Ustream Brainstorm (every Wed at around noon; the audio is better, with one lapel mike and two passed mikes).
(3) Check out the Rachel Ray YouTube Clip, thanks to Quirk Howard Eglowstein. (a) Discuss it in the RR Forum Thread, (b) No concept phase because more finalized prototypes were needed for the show.
( Read More...
My apologies in the delay in communication here- I wanted to address this myself, and have been traveling all week getting product in retailers’ hands.
First of all, we’ve heard you loud and clear.
Second, we reserve the right to change products for manufacturability / profitability during the production phase. We need to ensure the long term success of the business and our products, so we can keep doing what we do here for a very long time…
A ton is learned during production phases and we act with agility to respond, and bring a product to market in the best ways possible. Sometimes that means adding things, sometimes that means removing things.
Regardless, when the “SKU select” Read More...
Our team of Invention Ambassadors is growing quickly. Meet two more people who spend their days keeping our inventors informed and integrated into the development process.
Courtney Theese was never much of a city girl. She grew up in the woods of northern New Jersey climbing trees, making forts and generally spending her time in the mud. This is probably where her love for running long distance along overgrown muddy trails stems from. Courtney’s craftiness and passion for getting messy led her to study industrial design at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked as a freelance designer, interned and worked as a designer at Cases by Source, and was a QDS intern. This experience in design Read More...
Happy Thursday, Quirks! Last week, we introduced our QDS interns, but we have even more for you to meet. Help us give these hard-workers a hearty welcome!
First up is Ruthea Noteware, who interned with the Community team last year. Here’s her recycled intro (environmentally friendly). She is a rock star who helps us maintain the myriad things we do, so please take a moment to applaud!
Next up is our Sales team intern. She seems pretty excited to be here!
Name: Lisa Kon
School: NYU Stern School of Business
Hometown: Cupertino, CA (also home to Apple HQ)
Inspirations: Photography (Ansel Adams), architecture (Salvador Dalí), music (Lady Gaga), and people (Tina Fey)
Favorite product: The entire Trader Joe Read More...
Keep it in your drawers! Covert is a universal lock that is easy to install and use. The magnetic latch locks drawers closed and stays out of sight, so only you know it’s there. Use it in dorm rooms and other places where you can’t damage furniture.
G.S. Krieg submitted an idea for a lock that could be used without tools or installation. Over 820 people rose to the challenge and developed this idea into a product. Covert is now available in the Quirky shop for $10.99 presale ($12.99 retail) with a threshold of 1000 commitments.
-Comes with adhesive tape and screws, for temporary and permanent mounting options
-Magnetic latch comes in 2 pieces
-Magnetic key can be taken with you or stored for security Read More...
Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc.
Quirky, Inc. is an independent product development company having no affiliation or association with, endorsement from, or sponsorship by, Apple Inc.