After researching dozens and dozens of product design and development firms we settled on an awesome company in southern california.
We have been working with this prototype development team for close to 8 months. We sent over our idea and asked if they could create a first prototype for Joyful Jenny™. They loved the concept and were very excited to begin working on the project ::HOWEVER:: as with all things, in order to move forward you need the life blood moving. When I say life blood, I mean the cold hard cash that keeps new ideas growing and staying healthy. It took 6 months to raise that capitol. Continue reading
We have had so many inquiries as to who these dolls are, what their stories are, where they are from, what they will look like and OH MY GOODNESS I want SO much to release every last one of them so everyone can see just how magical they are
Introduce for example:
“Loving Skylar™” a curly brown haired, green eyed beauty who is learning the importance of love when she meets a little girl who does not look like her. Skylar’s mom shows her all the ways they are the same and the importance of loving a person despite your differences.
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Working with Katie Scheid is an incredible blessing.
Before I delve deeper into how she is creating incredible rich artwork for all of the story books, let me introduce her and her work.
It’s only Tuesday and it has already been a very full week stuffed with design meetings, scheduling patent/copyright lawyers, meeting at the business incubator and more.
(Connie (from the UCF business incubator) and I talking packaging – don’t mind our little footless dolly prototype ::smile::)
A big part of my job is keeping our business plan completely up to date with every pivot we make.
It is no small feat to create a business from scratch. It is a
beautiful insane process full of so many options and choices and pitfalls and failures but also triumphs too! Being surrounded by so many people who are willing to offer their help and expertise along this journey is invaluable. They provide insight into hard problems and help find solutions.
- How on earth do I manufacture a doll – let alone an entire series of them (thank the good Lord for Alibaba – google it)
- How do I find an artist to create all of the custom artwork for the books, the recipes, the dolls etc…
(in my case, you find a a greeting card (yes a greeting card) that you fall in love with while getting coffee at barnes and noble (see pic below) and then you launch a massive world wide web
search hunt to track down the artist that created the artwork for the card and then hound her until she emails you back ::smile::
P.S. love you Katie – you are amazing and I am insanely grateful for you!
P.S.S. do not bother to email her, she is going to be busy for the next 5 years
- Where do I find the mula to bring this dream to reality (because WOW is it expensive! Whew… we are talking $24,000 to tool the dolls alone!)
…yea – I know what the word “tool” means
…and yes my husband faints every time I tell him with the budget is for this little project
- What on earth is 3d printing and why is it relevant to creating the dolls?