The simple question is...how much does this baby mean to you?
If you want your product to be used by as many people as possible, maybe it's worth putting it in the hands of a proffessional packaging company.
They have the resources to bring to fruition something that may be a bit overwhelming to you.
Like the earlier poster said, make sure you have evidence that it's your idea before you do anything else.
Think of it this way.....the guy who invented the ring-pull made a fortune everytime someone cracked a can open but he didn't manufacture them
himself. Then someone came along and topped it with a ring-pull that stays on the can. Much more environmentally friendly. They both made a
Point is, it sounds like the contents are out there and you have something great to contain them.
"If you build it they will come!" The people who sell the contents are constantly seeking new ways to promote and deliver their product.
If it's a good idea it'll sell itself, and rather than taking on too much yourself, let the professionals do the hard work. It's your idea though
and they can never take that from you.
Better to make 1 cent for each one and have a million sold than 10 cents and a thousand sold for more work.
For a prototype it would depend on the functionality of your packaging. If it has a certain function, that would need to be demonstrated perhaps. If
it was just a certain shape, then get something to model it with...foam, clay etc as all you need is the shape. For something more complex your only
choice is professional help.
Certainly sounds interesting but I'm not going to push you to disclose.
I used to work in packaging, advertising and graphic design...mock-ups, modelmaking, cardboard engineering that kind of thing. Big brand names
too....lever brothers, brooke bond etc. Plenty of market research stuff too.
We made everyday things like shampoo bottles, clever cardboard boxes etc and were always trying to find a "new & improved" slant on old concepts.
My personal favorite to date was a coffee mug with little hands to hold your biscuits. lol!
If I can help just U2U me, I'm incredibly creative and could offer plenty of advice if you wanted to make something yourself, but chat to your
friends and see if any of them feel creative.
I would also be willing to create some kind of prototype for you but you might get frustrated with my
natural need to improve upon what you have...something you'd have to deal with anywhere I'm afraid especially when considering manufacturing costs
MOST IMPORTANT: Make sure your idea is accepted by everyone around you before investing in it. Most inventions never get past the garden shed stage
because their creators don't do the research and consider how realistic their product is in the real world outside. 95% of our produce from the
studio never saw a shelf!
Good luck and keep us informed...well done, and shout if you need anything.
[edit on 30/4/2009 by nerbot]