Tips and Advice for Inventors by Chris Hawker

Need advice and help figuring out the best ways to take your ideas to market? Want detailed step by step tips on the whole invention process?

Chris Hawker, Founder of Trident Design, LLC is an idea guy. Chris has spent the last 20 years inventing, developing and selling innovative consumer products in a variety of industries. Chris has brought numerous products to market through a variety of business models including licensing, private label manufacturing, marketing, distribution and more. To date, Chris is probably most well known for the PowerSquid, licensed to Philips—an innovative, award-winning, and commercially successful power strip.

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Expert Tips for Invention Prototypes - Part 6: Making Million Dollar Products

I like to say," There's no such thing as a million-dollar idea, just million-dollar executions," by which I mean the quality of the final product is what drives its success. A new way to get a product to this "million-dollar execution" point is through prototyping.

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes Part 5: The Iterative Process

In this article we will cover the iterative nature of the prototyping process and the benefit of more iterations. What is “good enough” and how much iteration do you need? We will discuss trial and error and why you need to embrace failure and finally, how to avoid expensive rabbit holes.

Turning Ideas into Products: Expert Tips for Invention Prototypes Part 4: Production Prototypes

In this article we will cover the purpose of production prototypes, refining key aspects of a product, why prototypes are made the way they are and why they can be expensive. We will also discuss the deliverables you’ll need in order to get a prototype made, how and where to get prototypes made and when to divide and conquer with your prototypes.

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes Part 3: Proof-of-Concept Prototypes

In the first two installments of this prototyping series we examined the different types of prototypes and the different methods for making them. Over the next few articles we will spend some time talking about how to actually use prototypes as an inventor, both in the development and the commercialization processes.

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes - Part 2: Prototyping Methods

Different prototyping methods are typically defined by the actual purpose they each serve. In part 2 of this series, I will be explaining some of the different methods used in the creation of prototypes. Each prototyping method has its own set of ideal applications, strengths and weaknesses. Some methods are better for speed while others are intended for absolute precision or overall strength. It all comes down to what your particular project requires.

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes - Part 1: Terminology

If you have an invention idea that you hope to bring to market, eventually it will need to be prototyped. A prototype is a model of the invention idea that allows the inventor to validate and “prove” their concept. Join Trident Design’s Founder, Chris Hawker, for part 1 of a multi-part series focused on turning big ideas into real products.