Barbell Rescue Product Design and Development

Innovative Product Idea – Barbell Rescue

We are excited to announce the launch of Barbell Rescue, a cylindrical, barbell cleaning brush that effortlessly scrubs chalk off of barbells and other weight lifting equipment. This innovative product idea was brought to Pillar by Kim, a veteran and operating room nurse from Alaska. After serving in the military and becoming a Cross Fit athlete, Kim came up with a better solution for the cumbersome task of cleaning a round rod with a flat brush. The new design, with a spring loaded clamp and contoured shape, fits onto multiple sizes of barbells, hangs onto the bar if let

Product design firm team members discuss a new product design in Seattle

What to Bring to a Product Design Firm Meeting

Starting a product design journey can be daunting and often single inventors and/or entrepreneurs don’t know where to start.  When first meeting with a product design firm, these are a few things you should have ready to go to help maximize your time and help convey your product idea clearly. Signed NDA An NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) will protect your idea and allow you to freely talk through the details of your product. Make sure to get this signed before you arrive at your consultation so you don’t have to use your time at the meeting to print and sign the papers. Design Brief A

Product Inventor tests innovative XOOT monitor arm

Thoughts from an Inventor – XOOT

We asked our client, Chris, the inventor of XOOT, about his innovative idea, product development journey, and thoughts on working with a design firm. Pillar: Tell us a little bit about you and your product or invention. Chris: I’m a classic lone inventor with an idea for a better mousetrap.  In my case the mouse trap is a monitor arm to improve the ergonomics and usability of drawing/touch screens. See: the web site https://XOOT.pro This is a complicated product, with lots of custom parts and electronics. Pillar: How did you come up with your product idea? Chris: I’m a computer engineer and when the initial iPhone

Pillar design visits client Glass Expanse production facility in Texas

On-Site Product Development with Glass Expanse

This month, Pillar visited Glass Expanse, a long term client who is located between Austin and Dallas in Temple, Texas. Glass Expanse is a high end, sliding door and window maker that produces products with the least obstructed view on the market. We have been working with Glass Expanse for six years now and it has been an absolutely amazing journey to see this small company grow to the height that it is at today. When they first brought the Pillar team on as a product development specialist, Glass Expanse was a very small group of innovative and knowledgeable individuals. To