Over on the Inventor’s Mentor Library Forum, I answered the following question:

“What are the main things I should think about when “designing” my idea into a product?”

My answer was well received so I thought I would share it with the Invention Addict readers in case they are not on the forum yet. I encourage you to check it out and register.

Here’s my answer:

These are just some of the things you need to consider when designing:

What is the need you are addressing?
What is the problem you want to solve?
What it the target market?
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Who is the user?
Who is the purchaser/decision maker? (not always the end user)
How much are they willing to pay?
What is your competitive advantage?

Ease of use, ergonomics, fit to your hand or body
Will it need to be painted or decorated?

Wow factor
What makes your product different?
What is the overall appearance, it it ugly or nice to look at?
What are some emotional triggers that would compel someone to buy the product
Safety concerns like BPAs in food or water products


How much will it cost to produce?
What is the material or materials to be used?
Recyclable-think green
What type of manufacturing process will be used?
Can you reduce the number of parts?
Government regulations (FDA, Toy Safety Standards, UL approval, etc.)

I’m sure there are more but this should get you thinking.

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