Industrial designer sketches new product idea

Five Things to Consider if You Have a Product Idea

You wake up in the middle of the night with an ingenious new product idea, but how will you determine if it is feasible or worth developing? To help, we’ve broken down five of the main factors to consider if you are thinking about pursuing your idea.    Innovation – Your product needs to be innovative to stand out and will most likely be more successful if it solves a problem for its users. A thorough Google search should be able to tell you if your product idea already exists or if the market you are trying to enter is heavily saturated

Inventor reaches for bottle secured using Anchor Drink System's Magnetic Coaster

Bringing a Product to Market – Anchor

For our next client spotlight, Pillar Design spoke with Andrew, the inventor of Anchor Drink Systems, about his experience bringing a product to market. Located on Bainbridge Island off of Seattle, Andrew is a dentist by trade who decided to take the plunge into product development. Check out the Anchor website to preorder your magnetic drink system or browse our Anchor blog post to learn more!   Pillar: Tell us a little bit about you and your product. Andrew: I’m a regular guy that had an idea. Pillar helped me design and build a magnetic coaster which can hold a custom koozie or

Ignik FireCan safely burns propane during a burn ban

The FireCan – Ignik’s New Product Design

This month at Outdoor Retailer, Ignik previewed the FireCan, a portable, propane powered fire pit that allows people to safely enjoy the warmth of a fire during a burn ban. With forest fires on the rise, Seattle based Ignik is striving to provide alternative options for outdoor enthusiasts that are safer for the environment and also more sustainable. Their new product design is a step in the right direction, adding to their line of refillable propane tanks that are already making strides in reducing waste. Propane powered pits are considered safer due to their controllability, elevated constructions that lift the

Glass Expanse Doors Designed by Pillar Design in collaboration with a design consultancy

Working with a Design Consultancy – Glass Expanse

For our next client spotlight, we met with Adam, the founder of Glass Expanse, to talk about his source of inspiration, experience working with a design consultancy, and biggest product development challenge as he brought his sliding door and window system to market. Pillar: Tell us a little bit about you and your product. Adam: We manufacture slide and stack patio doors for the residential and commercial construction industry. Our product is designed to focus on usability and aesthetics first, providing an easy way to completely open spaces. Pillar: How did you come up with your product idea? Adam: I lived in Australia for