Weekly Recap: 8/25 – 8/31

It’s the last day of August and the conclusion of  yet another busy week at Quirky. Here’s what went down in case you missed it: USA Today included Pivot Power in a back to school story that we are happy to say was picked up by the Associated Press and published in over 10 other publications so far. Crates was included i Read More...

Design Intern Parker Brown on the Importance of Sketching

Hi everyone, my name is Parker and I’ve spent the last few months as a design intern here at Quirky. During my time here, I’ve had the sincere pleasure of participating in many aspects of the design process, from research, brainstorming, mockups, all the way to building appearance models. Participating in each has developed my Read More...

Shortened Service Hours

To give our community support reps a well-deserved break, we’ll be shutting down phone support at 4pm EST today. If you miss us, leave us a message when you call, or send an email to questions@quirky.com. We’ll be up and running again starting on Tuesday, but we’ll be checking emails over the weekend, so don’t Read More...

Right Brain, Left Brain. Which Do You Use When Inventing, And How Does That Affect Collaboration?

Right Brain, Left Brain is part of an ongoing collaborative blog series called Let’s Work Together. It was written by Pushkin, whose experience as a therapist has given her valuable insight into the workings of the human mind. You can learn more about Pushkin by visiting her profile. If you have a great idea for a Read More...

Ancient Inventions: The Repeating Crossbow

Ancient Inventions is a blog series paying homage to (very) early inventors, and the incredible tools and contraptions they developed. Some innovators have been lost to the passage of time, while others are household names, but all have played a fundamental role in shaping the modern world and the products we use today. Who knows, Read More...

Click and Stick: Introducing…Pin Point

Imagine how much time and finger pricking you could save yourself, if you didn’t have to reach into a box of push pins when you need to pin something up. Pin Point helps you avoid all of that. It’s a push pin pen that allows you to safely store, push, and reload pins like a Read More...

Brainstorm Aftermath and Recap

We hope many of you had a chance to tune into yesterday’s brainstorm, but no worries if you didn’t. We’ve got you covered with this week’s recap. Product 341: Carpenter’s Tool Holster Product 396: Shoelace Cutter and Crimper The full feed for the brainstorm can be viewed here: Video streaming by Ustream That’s the recap! Read More...

My Father’s Gallery of Regrettable Inventions: Life’s a Beach

For those of you just joining this series, let me bring you up to speed. My late father, Peter Shaw, was a humanities Professor who had a passion for collecting bad invention specimens. He left behind a collection of absurd products and, a decade and a half later, my mother found the collection and gave Read More...

Behind the Scenes: Silo

The measuring container Silo has come a long way since Quirky declared that it was moving into production. After receiving a “We’re Making This” stamp, each product follows a series of steps to prep it for manufacturing, involving everything from an engineering review and quality assurance to the sourcing of manu Read More...

We’re Making This… Anchor

Anchor is moving into production! Our retailers are confident in the product, and it’s time to take this baby to market. Take a look at it in the Upcoming Section, and help us to determine the price by playing the Pricing Game. Congratulations to Rene Diaz and all of the 3,810 community members that helped influence the product!

This Week’s Brainstorm Preview

You may want a hardhat and goggles for this week’s live brainstorm, because the ideas we’re discussing are all about utility. The two new topics that will be discussed this Wednesday (6pm EST) are: - Carpenter’s Tool Holster - Shoelace Cutter and Crimper If you’re new to brainstorms, allow us to explain. Every week, QDS blows Read More...

Hang Out to Dry: Introducing… Grid

Hand drying certain clothes will always be a necessity, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a hassle too. Grid offers a unique solution for drying garments in your own shower, providing a portable, large-scale drying rack that won’t drip on your hardwood floors. Its simple format makes setup a breeze: three velcro straps Read More...

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