Inventionland

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Inventionland
Built 2006
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Industry Invention services, new-product development
Employees 250
Address 585 Alpha Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Inventionland is Pittsburgh-based development firm that helps turn unique ideas into tangible products.[1]

Inventionland was conceived by George Davison. Nathan Field served as the executive creative coach, and Joey Warren acted as senior concept designer.[2] According to George Davison, his intention in building Inventionland was to provide a creative work environment in which artists, graphic designers, industrial designers and others could design, develop and create prototypes of and packaging for new products and inventions.[3]

Conception and Themed Sets[edit]

Inventionland officially opened in 2006, having taken 18 months from design to construction.[4] The interior renovation took one year and cost $5 million.[5] At Inventionland, employees brainstorm and lay out the process of tackling new product ideas, including product and patent research, sketches and packaging considerations, building prototypes and pitching products to manufacturers. "Creative use of space motivates and inspires creativity among employees. And I never want to get stale or to get bored looking at a computer screen", George Davison said in an interview with the Daily Mail.[6]

Within Inventionland's 61,000 square-foot design facility are 16 themed sets, named and designed to reflect the new-product invention activity within. Some of the sets include:

  1. Motor Speeday: industrial and automotive products[7]
  2. Discover Pirate Ship: toy department[8]
  3. Crafty Cottage: sewing[8]
  4. Animation Attic: [8]
  5. Creativity Cabin[8]
  6. Nursery Noook: Baby products[8]
  7. Pet Shack: Animal products[8]
  8. Inventalot Castle[7]
  9. Creation Cavern: hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking[7]
  10. Brainpower Ballpark: sports[7]
  11. Treehouse[8]
  12. Inventron 54 Robot: consumer electronics[9]
  13. Home Sweet Home: household products[10]
  14. Home Health Innovations
  15. Concept Kitchen (giant cupcake): kitchen[11]
  16. Animation Studio with one of the largest green screens in the tri-state area[11]

Inventionland also has three running waterfalls, life-like trees and butterflies and grass-lined sidewalks. Its manufacturing capabilities include metalworking, woodworking, molding, laser cutting, prototying, curcuit board construction and more, which all take place in its state-of-the-art production facility.[11]

Honors and awards[edit]

The January/February 2008 issue of I.D. Magazine recognized Inventionland as one of "40 Amazing-Looking Design Offices".[12] Inventionland was also featured in the 2008 Ripley's Believe It or Not Annual, "The Remarkable Revealed".[13]

In 2011, Inventionland was the recipient of a Creative Rooms in Business Award,[14] a regional Pittsburgh award given annually and sponsored by Pittsburgh Design, Art and Technology (DATA).

Inventionland TV Special[edit]

On December 24, 2011, the History Channel aired Inventionland, a reality television special shot on location at Inventionland and starring George Davison.[15] According to a company press release, Inventionland was produced for History by JWM Productions,[16] and Jonathan Wyche served as the producer. Patrice Shannon edited the show, and the online editor was Brian Newell.[17]

The Inventionland TV debut featured three inventors, Milton Branch, Curt Whiteside and Jason Ramsey, who each developed a prototype for a new consumer product. The one-hour reality show explored whether the inventors' product designs would function in a usable manner and/or be suitable for licensing and merchandising. In the show, George Davison and five of his employees tested various designs of each of the three inventions in a variety of settings, including a NASCAR auto shop. Five Inventionland designers and builders were featured in the show (Jason Rogge, Jarrod Campbell, Clay Carlino, Lucky Swartz, and Curtis Wierman).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tugman, Lindsey (22 August 2011). "Inventionland: Where your ideas come to life". Today's THV. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Pittsburgh Innovates Awards, 2008 from the company's Web site. Retrieved 2011-12-12.
  3. ^ “Dave & Dave Explore Inventionland,” On Q, WQED-TV Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine. July 17, 2007
  4. ^ “Workplace Wonderment,” by Donna Domin, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review October 7, 2007
  5. ^ "Workplace Wonderland at Davison International Inc." by Emily Maltby, Wall Street Journal December 30, 2011
  6. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012240/Davison-offices-Pittsburgh-just-like-real-life-Willy-Wonka-factory.html#ixzz1ZGiehfeQ "Coolest place to work in the world: The office that is just like a giant playground," Daily Mail, July 8, 2011
  7. ^ a b c d Domin, Donna (October 7, 2007). ""Workplace Wonder"". Valley News Dispatch. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Usher, Holly (October 10, 2007). ""Inventionland allows employees to be kids again"". The Advance Leader. 
  9. ^ http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_531213.html Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Workplace Wonderment"
  10. ^ Curry, Jennifer (March 4, 2007). ""Forget cubicles or workstations--O'Hara office includes a pirate ship"". Pittsburgh Business Times. 
  11. ^ a b c "Company Tour Locations". www.pghtech.org. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  12. ^ http://digital.id-mag.com/idmagazine/id20080102/?pg=14[dead link]
  13. ^ Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Remarkable Revealed. Ripley Publishing; First Edition edition. 2007. ISBN 1893951227. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-12-16.  CRIB Creative Rooms in Business Award
  15. ^ "'Inventionland', Its Reality TV" Archived January 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ JWM Productions web site
  17. ^ "Inventionland Special Premieres on History", PR Newswire, December 22, 2011

External links[edit]

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