Liz Knight, member of the Industrial Design faculty at Rhode Island Institute of Design, will bring her considerable experience as an inventor and product developer to a wide ranging discussion on the process of taking ideas and turning them into successful products. Liz will offer her perspective on:
1. The opportunity/white space/the idea. Finding the need;
2. Research - Understanding the user more deeply;
3. Evaluation of marketplace and competitors;
4. The concept - how to come up with ideas, refine, improve and mock up;
5. Testing and feedback;
6. Critical decisions - the production process, costs, packaging.
About the speaker: Liz Knight received her BA in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati and has had extensive experience inventing and designing products and toys. Her career started at Rubbermaid Commercial Products in Virginia, where she designed a range of functional products, including a bedpan.
The majority of her career has been devoted to the toy industry, and she was most recently vice president of design for girls’ toys at Hasbro. During her 15 years at Hasbro she worked with team members on a range of classic toys, such as My Little Pony, Mr. Potatohead, Playdoh, Easy Bake Oven and Littlest Pet Shop. She also has her own studio, Knight Design, and has been teaching design principles, toy design and shoe design at RISD for many years.
This talk is part of MAxT Makerspace's Ready Make Go! Accelerator Program and is free and open to the public. It is made possible by sponsorships by SoClean and AirTank.