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Ah. Just got back from test-paddling one of the kayaks I slaved over last fall. It's just sooooo neat to see the fruits of all that labor. Even better to see that the final result was very close to the original sketches and renderings. Better yet, it looks even better in real life!

http://paddlesportsportal.com/daggernew ... hemy-140s/

Cool. Thought I'd share.

So what's the neatest product you've seen on store shelves? Before this boat, mine was a $3 ice-scraper. ha ha

February 27th, 2009, 4:19 pm

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February 27th, 2009, 4:38 pm

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My first product at my current job is already copied by another brand before it's even on the shelf. The reason why I am sure it's not original is because the other half of the product looks just like another competitor's design. Damn Chinese factories.
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February 27th, 2009, 5:03 pm

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I love seeing my stuff on the shelves. I have possibly the coolest thing I ever designed all prototyped up. I wish I could post it but then I'd have to kill all of you. If all goes well at the Gamestop and Toys R Us meetings you'll see it before Christmas!
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February 27th, 2009, 6:02 pm

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2 bigger thrills, seeing your product being used by sombody you dont know whom you know bought it retail. A even bigger thrill, that first royalty check.

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i've been in furniture most of my career.

it's still really freakin' cool to see something i designed turn up as part of a photoshoot, hip environment shot, or just seeing it in someone's home. i never point out i designed something to a consumer, i just enjoy the inner glow privately.

other than that, the first mass-produced collection i designed at a firm saved a manufacturing company from going under. it was a small american company, and i wasn't crazy about the design, but i felt proud to be able to help out the family and workers of that company and had a hand in keeping them employed.

i'm always shocked at the PLC of some of my stuff (longevity).
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Kung Fu Jesus wrote:i've been in furniture most of my career.

it's still really freakin' cool to see something i designed turn up as part of a photoshoot, hip environment shot, or just seeing it in someone's home. i never point out i designed something to a consumer, i just enjoy the inner glow privately.

other than that, the first mass-produced collection i designed at a firm saved a manufacturing company from going under. it was a small american company, and i wasn't crazy about the design, but i felt proud to be able to help out the family and workers of that company and had a hand in keeping them employed.

i'm always shocked at the PLC of some of my stuff (longevity).
I know what you mean. I was sitting at a out door cafe by a bike/pedestrian path and I was shocked and very happy to see a woman towing her kiddlet in a alfa trailer I designed (over at my blog zippyflounder.com). This was really amazing because it had been out of production for 12 years and still looked great. I got up and sprinted (as much as my 50+year old frame would allow) and caught up to her. I asked where she got it, she said "oh my dad gave it to me, he used to tow me around in it when i was a kid". I thanked her and walked back, had a real inner glow, put my cynical side at bay for a whole day.

February 28th, 2009, 6:58 am

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I designed some kitchen utensils 4-5 years ago and 6 months after the launch I was shown the sales figures - every 45 seconds someone in the UK was buying the potato peeler I designed. That felt good. It was a bit bitter sweet though, because other products in the range were not selling nearly as well.

February 28th, 2009, 12:53 pm

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zippyflounder wrote:
Kung Fu Jesus wrote:i've been in furniture most of my career.

it's still really freakin' cool to see something i designed turn up as part of a photoshoot, hip environment shot, or just seeing it in someone's home. i never point out i designed something to a consumer, i just enjoy the inner glow privately.

other than that, the first mass-produced collection i designed at a firm saved a manufacturing company from going under. it was a small american company, and i wasn't crazy about the design, but i felt proud to be able to help out the family and workers of that company and had a hand in keeping them employed.

i'm always shocked at the PLC of some of my stuff (longevity).
I know what you mean. I was sitting at a out door cafe by a bike/pedestrian path and I was shocked and very happy to see a woman towing her kiddlet in a alfa trailer I designed (over at my blog zippyflounder.com). This was really amazing because it had been out of production for 12 years and still looked great. I got up and sprinted (as much as my 50+year old frame would allow) and caught up to her. I asked where she got it, she said "oh my dad gave it to me, he used to tow me around in it when i was a kid". I thanked her and walked back, had a real inner glow, put my cynical side at bay for a whole day.
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February 28th, 2009, 2:21 pm

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6ix wrote:Ah. Just got back from test-paddling one of the kayaks I slaved over last fall. It's just sooooo neat to see the fruits of all that labor. Even better to see that the final result was very close to the original sketches and renderings. Better yet, it looks even better in real life!

http://paddlesportsportal.com/daggernew ... hemy-140s/

Cool. Thought I'd share.

So what's the neatest product you've seen on store shelves? Before this boat, mine was a $3 ice-scraper. ha ha
Congrats man. It is a great feeling, and you never get over it. The first time I saw one of my designs in the field, I was just bringing my car in to get an oil change, and the mechanic was wearing a watch I worked on. It was pretty cool.
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6ix wrote:Ah. Just got back from test-paddling one of the kayaks I slaved over last fall. It's just sooooo neat to see the fruits of all that labor. Even better to see that the final result was very close to the original sketches and renderings. Better yet, it looks even better in real life!
Good for you!!! I don't know much about Kayak's, I've always wanted to try one however. Your design is a pretty snazzy looking one. I like the sharp lines, it looks fast. On second thought... maybe not the one for me... my doggie paddle resembles a drowning victim! :oops:

I can understand your satisfaction. I might not slave over a design, but creating a product as true to form does have a fire drill or 2 to keep a person on their toes! Often what is brilliant in concept needs a bit of tweaking to make the leap into reality :wink:

It's really, really, really neat to see something you had a hand in creating out there!!!! Makes my day & brings on the perma grin!!!! :D
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yo wrote: Congrats man. It is a great feeling, and you never get over it. The first time I saw one of my designs in the field, I was just bringing my car in to get an oil change, and the mechanic was wearing a watch I worked on. It was pretty cool.

Have to ask -> Is this now your fav mechanic because he/she has great taste? :wink:
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Mr-914 wrote:cdaisy: I dig that floor lamp!
Thanks! I did an oval version in green too. They have a 3-way switch like the mid century modern lamps.

http://www.onlinexpressions.com/lumisou ... -lamp.html
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