Five (and a half) Reasons the Twin Cities is a Utopia for Innovators and Creative Minds

Five (and a half) Reasons the Twin Cities is a Utopia for Innovators and Creative Minds

Artists, innovators, musicians, inventors… can all reach their maximum potential under the right set of environmental circumstances. A community of support, inspiration, and a culture of perpetual growth and ingenuity. So what makes Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota so special?   Hungry Audience: Maybe it’s the annual re-visitation of the ice age each winter? Perhaps it’s the geographical location of this urban oasis between the vast northern plains and the upper Midwest. Whatever the reason, the people here have a hunger for imaginative adventure. The Twins cities are flooded with active patrons that seek out all things unique, weird, and that challenge the way we perceive the world. This higher expectation for unconventional delivery forces artists to reach deeper into their creativity. Above all, there is an overwhelming support for artists and innovators. During an interview with a Los Angeles based band, I asked, “What cities do you most look forward to when touring?”  He replied, “I love coming north man. The crowds just get more into it and the kids buy out our merch.”   Supportive Community: No matter your trade or craft, the Twins Cities has a plethora of available resources. On any given day throughout the year, you can find a number of workshops, meet-ups, training seminars, and creative networking events for nearly any industry. Best of all, most of these are free! From improve theaters to tech development clubs, there is not only a broad range of supportive groups available, they are also very welcoming.   Close to Nature: Minnesota in general has a great reverence for nature. One of the most ecologically focused metro-areas...

New Inventions by Enhance Featured by Our President on the News

Our president and founder, Trevor Lambert, shows off some gift ideas of products invented by inventors and designed and launched by Enhance Product Development. ——- Enhance Product Development is a professional design firm that specializes in launching new products for inventors, entrepreneurs and start ups.  For product development inquiries please contact Enhance Product Development at https://enhancepd.com/contact/ or call us at 877-993-6426. Related Links: Enhance Product Development Facebook Enhance Product Development Twitter Enhance Product Development YouTube Enhance Product Development LinkedIn Enhance Product Development Jobs Enhance Product Development in the News...
The Top 5 Factors that Make a Company a Good Potential Licensee

The Top 5 Factors that Make a Company a Good Potential Licensee

So many inventors begin the licensing phase of their journey and want to license their product to a company who isn’t an ideal fit for their product. Before you start to pitch your idea to a company to get your product on the shelves, make sure to remember these five things: The company is a Manufacturer! Not a Retailer or Wholesaler! You are starting out with a new idea which has not been mass produced, packaged, or marketed yet. The first step in getting your product mass produced, packaged, and on the shelves, is to start with a manufacturer. You do not want to license your product to retailers or wholesalers since they do not have the means to mass produce your product. Some retailers or wholesalers do manufacture products, but they are typically private label brands or store brands and are not actually manufactured by that company, which limits your product to just selling in that store. You want a company that can manufacture and distribute your product to a multitude of wholesalers and/or retailers. This can be done either through direct selling, retail sale, or wholesale. The company is based in the country you are protected in. Before licensing your product, you want to ensure you have adequately filed for some sort of protection over your idea. You should have at least a Provisional Application. Your protection is only good in the country you file under. You want to aim for companies that are based in the county that you are protected in. This means you want companies whose Corporate Headquarters are located in your patent’s country....
By Inventors, For Inventors | The Story of Clever Tongs

By Inventors, For Inventors | The Story of Clever Tongs

We at Enhance get to chat with people from all over the world. People who have dreams, ideas, and concepts that they are excited about and eager to get started. Frankly, we love it. We are so keyed into the excitement and high that one gets when they are in pursuit of their next big idea, as it’s a very familiar feeling to us! How do we know what that feels like? We’re inventors ourselves! As such, we like to tailor our approach to product development to highlight the best, most fun, and most meaningful aspects of the process so as to ensure that our inventor clients not only receive professional-quality, meaningful product development and design materials, but also so our clients enjoy this exciting and exhilarating creative process! In our Invention Lab, we are constantly brainstorming, and analyzing new ways that we can solve everyday problems with the hopes of identifying the next big thing, or sometimes even the next little thing that can make life a little bit easier or more enjoyable! A few years ago, I identified a potential new kitchen utensil that may alleviate the need to have both a spatula and a set of tongs in one’s kitchen drawer. I created some sketches on my own, and built a prototype with off-the-shelf parts and tried it out! Lo and behold, it worked like a charm! I presented the idea to our team and they took my idea from being a simple concept, and made it into a beautiful and elegant tool that anyone would be proud to have in their own kitchen. Each step...
Learn About Design: Designing with Type

Learn About Design: Designing with Type

Typography is a crucial element of good design. It is the visual voice that directly communicates to the reader and bridges imagery and meaning together. Three points to consider when incorporating text are Relevance, Readability, and Placement. Relevance Type can portray a sense of personality. Themes can feature sharp or rounded corners, thin or thick strokes, swooping or jagged embellishments that contribute to an overall look and feel that represent your words and message. Is your message meant to sound modest, loud, happy, or smart? Is your goal to display a primitive, modern, or futuristic motif? Historical and geographical relevance is something to consider as well. The origin and associative use of certain fonts can have an impact on your audience. Serif and San serif Typefaces can reflect different moods and resemble designs of the past, present, or future. Script fonts can have accentuating flourishes to over emphasize formality or tradition. Thinner strokes can feel more elegant where bolder strokes may emit strength. Some typefaces have recognizable character inspired by creative methods and stylings of specific regions or cultures. And many others are developed specifically to represent a desired look or emotion. Choosing a typeface with a lot of distinguishable character may appear interesting, but be aware of fonts that are recognizably over used or commonly associated with a specific brand as it may dull your creative impact. Find a fitting balance between an interesting look that works well within your layout. Using multiple typefaces might clutter up a layout and create a conflict of style. A safe practice to avoid such disarray, is to stick with two fonts...
Keys to the Capitals board game makes positive impact on Autism community

Keys to the Capitals board game makes positive impact on Autism community

A dream nearly 25 years in the making.  What started as a basic idea with a simplistic prototype grew into a successfully launched board game, and is helping spread an important message: no matter the circumstances or obstacles in life, inventing a new concept is a real possibility for everyone. Keys To The Capitals, a board game now selling through Amazon, was invented by Tony Tinervia in 1991 when he started with just a basic prototype.  For many years Tinervia worked on different game ideas, having to do with sports and sports teams, but eventually changed his focus to geography games. He would sit down and focus on creating games for hours, and he still has many of the original game designs today.  Keys to The Capitals is a simple and fun board game created to help kids as young as seven years old learn all the names of the states and their capitals in the United States, all while enjoying time with friends and family. He built and tested Keys To The Capitals with family members on a model made from National Geographic maps until 2015, when he reached out to Enhance Product Development to help him build a retail-ready version of the game. “Getting my prototype built with the Enhance team, and having that in hand to play and test, was my favorite part of this process,” said Tinervia.  Working collaboratively with Enhance Product Development, he could see how the game would look and feel to an average player.  As a first step, a patent search was completed on this game to determine the patentability of the...