Inventor story: Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor is a veteran community member who joined Quirky in the early days. So we were especially excited to get to know him better when he stopped by the Quirky offices in NYC for the launch of his three (!) Quirky+GE smart products: Tapt, Outlink, and Overflow. Of course, we got the scoop on […]

How to make 3D renders

This blog post comes to you from one of our very own community members: Brandon Murray! An active member since May 2012, Brandon’s submitted 712 ideas (!!) and influenced nearly 450 (!!!). Since Brandon’s a self-taught 3D renderer, we asked him to write a piece on modeling for beginners—take it away, Brandon!  Whether you’d like […]

Community Spotlight: Cardboard Prototypes

In December, we launched an Invention Challenge to submit a cardboard prototype along with your idea submission. Here’s the handy How To video. Considering the amount of work it takes to make a prototype, we were pleasantly surprised with 50 submissions! We were so impressed, we had to share some of the community’s work. Here’s […]

Solve your problems in 6 seconds flat.

Think vines are just for grapes? Not so! Our newest Vines (sharable, six-second videos) show off our inventions in a whole new way. Oh, and be sure to turn on the sound. Beat Booster Here comes the boom. Box. Boom box. Pluck It’s out of this world, no yolk. PowerShell Never leave a shadow of […]

How to create an inspiring mood board

Before our industrial designers start working on a product, they create a mood board. What’s a mood board? Well, it’s a collection of images or materials that evoke the style or creative direction of a project. How are they useful? Visual inspiration is the key to getting your creative juices flowing. And they help outsiders […]

Inventor story: Robert Sweeney

Robert Sweeney is an accomplished designer from Winnipeg, Canada who enjoys the simpler things in life, such as thinking, walking, and sketching. He’s also the inventor of Tripper, Quirky+GE’s smart window/door sensor. He stopped by our offices a few months ago, and we were instantly charmed by his sweet personality and openness. He shared his […]

How to make a cardboard prototype

Wait! Don’t toss that box. Turn it into a cardboard prototype. Ordinary boxes are the perfect building blocks for making a prototype that’ll help your invention submission stand out. Making a physical prototype—no matter how simple it is—gets an idea out of your head and into your hands. This way, you can show people your […]

We gave an inventor a GoPro. This is what happened…

A few weeks ago, we invited the newest Quirky+GE inventors to QHQ to celebrate their products at a press event. We gave Denny Fong, inventor of Spotter UNIQ and Norm, a GoPro camera and asked him to document his experience. He captured it all: the office, the event, his fellow inventors, Quirky staff, and the […]

Lasers + pumpkin pie = holy ship!

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for pumpkin pie. We’re also thankful for the laser-cutting machine we used to burn the image of the Mayflower into our pumpkin pie. Wondering just how we did that? First, we send a vector file (typically created in Adobe Illustrator) to the laser cutter’s computer, which has a program that reads […]

The Art of Glass Blowing

When we got the opportunity to reinvent the light bulb with GE, we jumped at the chance. Our first stop was Brooklyn Glass—a local glass blowing studio—that helped us create the first Link prototypes. We walked away from the experience with a light bulb model—and a whole new appreciation for the age-old art of blowing […]

Quick Guide to Research: why it’s important & how to do it

Research. It’s the hero of any great Quirky submission. A thorough analysis of your invention’s competitive landscape has three key benefits:  1. It reveals whether or not your invention already exists. It’s no fun spending a lot of time coming up with a new product idea, only to find out that someone beat you to it. […]

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