Inspiration to Dare to Invent

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Inventing is about more than just having an idea… It’s about taking a chance.

This notion is something that the Directors of New Products at Davison preach to each potential client every day. It’s about taking that next step to give your product idea a chance at moving forward. As they say, if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

Founder Mr. George Davison (“Mr. D”), understands this notion all too well, as he’s continued to take that chance again and again, failing his way forward to create his best invention, the Davison® Inventing Method.

Mr. D dared to invent. Since 1989, he and the talented team at Davison inspire other idea people to do the same. Just take a look at any of the client videos in our Dare to Invent webisode series.

Not only are these webisodes available online to inspire the inventor within, but many may not know that they’re also played during client visits to Mr. D’s 61,000 square foot creative facility, Inventionland, where the theater just got outfitted with a new “Dare to Invent” marquee sign!

Mr. D with Theater Marquee

This newly installed sign can be viewed as a message of inspiration for idea people everywhere. See it at Inventionland during a Davison client tour. Why take a Davison client tour of Inventionland?

A truly eye-opening experience.

Not only do clients get to hear great stories, but they come to understand even further some of the hurdles that must be overcome when trying to bring a product to market.

An inspirational journey.

Visitors enjoy learning about what inspired Mr. D to create Inventionland and how his own personal journey has led to such an amazing facility and inspiring organization.

Dare to invent! Confidentially submit your idea here to get started on your inventing journey. Once connected, ask your director about an Inventionland tour for further inspiration.

Copyright Davison, 2016


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Inventor Spotlight: The Innovative Women of Davison

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As Women’s History Month is quickly coming to a close, we wanted to end this month-long celebration by putting a spotlight on some of the innovative women who’ve found a Better Way to bring their new product ideas to life with Davison.

So, let’s get right to it and introduce you to some of our successful Davison female inventors who dared to invent and followed their invention dreams!

Lennell Parks

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Hot, achy feet were an everyday occurrence for Lennell Parks, due in part to a medical condition. Parks went on to get in touch with Davison and devised a Better Way to soothe sore feet. The TheraPED was created out of her idea and this spa-therapy product provides both cooling therapy and moist heat via neoprene gel pads that sooth sore feet and toes. This innovative product has sold in stores and has been recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association, as well as the Country Music Association. If you’d like to learn more about this innovative product, read about the TheraPED’s story, here!

Joy Clymer

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For many, deviled eggs can be just that – a devil to transport to a get-together. They often slide around on the plate, topple over and usually make an overall mess. When Joy couldn’t find an easy way to transport her treats, she brought her solution to Davison. It was then that the Party Traveler was born. This innovative product includes a universal base, egg tray, cupcake/muffing tray, pie/cookie/cake tray, veggie/chip tray and a transparent, locking lid. Needless to say, Joy’s invention is very versatile! The Party Traveler has sold as the Party-on-the-Go on QVC and has sold at countless other retailers nationwide. If you’d like to learn more, you can read the entire Party-on-the-Go story, here!

Diane DiRaimo

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Dog lovers, you’ll want to pay attention to this invention’s story. It all begins with Diane DiRaimo’s problem of keeping her two dogs hydrated during long car rides. Sure, she could have filled a water dish, but bumpy roads and turns would have led to a mess and, of course, dogs aren’t accustomed to drinking from a bottle of water, either. So, rather than give up, she found a Better Way to hydrate her pets – the Hydro Bone. This hydrating chew toy is equipped with an absorbent foam core and since it was licensed, it has become an award-winning product idea that’s been seen on national TV and has sold in major retailers internationally. Read the entire Hydro Bone story, here.

Though Women’s History Month is coming to a close, we’re overjoyed to share the stories of these three innovative female inventors who’ve enlisted the help of Davison to bring their new product ideas to life.

If you’re ready to make your inventing dream a reality, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

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Gifting and Inventing Things We Want and Need

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On Christmas Day, many of us were surrounded by a pile of torn wrapping paper, along with all of the gifts family and friends so kindly presented in appreciation for our relationships and the holiday spirit.

From handmade crafts to high-tech gadgets and everything in between, there’s no shortage of “things we needed” and “things we didn’t need, but wanted,” that went from our holiday wish lists to directly under the Christmas tree.

It’s this thought process that closely resembles the invention world. Whether a product falls under the “things we need” or “things we want” category, gifts and inventions alike can provide us with several benefits:

  • A solution to a problem
  • A “Better Way” to do something
  • A product or item we can enjoy

As we enjoy our new “toys” post-Christmas and head into the new year, don’t discount those moments when you think, “If only there was a product that did this!”

Rather, channel your inner inventor and take advantage of this flow of ideas that puts you on the path to inventing something that’s creative, innovative, and fun.

So, to keep with the holiday spirit, now’s a great time to showcase your inventive spirit – submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2015



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New “Dare to Invent” Shares Chilly Mat’s Steamy Road to New Product Success!

Diana, inventor of the Chilly Mat

Our always-creative and sometimes-crazy “Dare to Invent” cast is back with their latest product development success story… the Chilly Mat! In this webisode, which is now live on our website, Corporate Creative Director Jason Rogge leads a design team that includes Creationeers Curtis and Clay, as they work on our client, Diana’s idea to relieve pets from sweltering heat.

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Up to their usual hilarious antics, the trio design, engineer and test a product prototype in a steamy scenario…You’ll have to watch the video to find out what we’re talking about!

But, as often happens, the targeted licensing company doesn’t warm right up to the prototype, so Rogge’s design team goes back to the drawing board to find a Better Way to create Diana’s Chilly Mat idea.

As the story goes, this “cool” new puncture-resistant, durable plastic Chilly Mat has become such a hot commodity that it’s being sold under several different labels within the Hugs Pet Company. Maze, Chillz, and now Paula Dean!

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When she visits Inventionland, founder and CEO Mr. Davison takes part in surprising our unsuspecting client inventor, Diana, who sees her product in full packaging for the first time, then receives another big surprise when she is handed her largest royalty check to date!

Without a doubt, this latest “Dare to Invent” webisode is full of unforgettable antics and sweltering surprises that are sure to have you laughing and quite possibly crying out with joy at the success of our client, Diana, and her Chilly Mat product idea.

Watch now as Davison’s Better Way to Invent turns our client Diana’s Chilly Mat idea into a store-ready reality:

Kudos to the entire design team that worked on Diana’s Chilly Mat idea and the entire production team that created the latest Dare to Invent webisode!

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(Tony Allen – Camera Operator, Doug Verosko – Editor, Sam Sandora – Producer, Mike Reid – Director of Photography, Jason Ralph – Sound Design, Erin Monahan – Manager of Production [not pictured])

Copyright Davison, 2015


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No Split Decision: The Half N Half Cupcake Pan on QVC was a Huge Success!

With the recent success of the Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pan on QVC, news of Davison-designed products making a big splash on the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer seems like everyday news here. So, when we announced last week that the Mrs. Fields Half N Half Cupcake Pan also was slated to appear on QVC, it may not have come as a huge surprise.

Today, we’re excited to share that the Half N Half Cake Pan, which was licensed by Love Cooking Company, not only appeared on QVC’s “Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn” last Wednesday, but it has also received rave reviews from viewers who purchased the innovative bakeware!

If you missed the show, you can see long-time QVC kitchen product specialist Marie Louise Ludwig showcasing the Half N Half Cupcake Pan here:

Ludwig introduces the Half N Half Cupcake Pan as a “fun twist on an old favorite,” showing off adorable Easter chick cupcakes, pink and blue cupcakes that are perfect for a baby’s gender-reveal party and a scrumptious peanut butter cookie and brownie combination cupcake.

Obviously captivated by true inventor spirit, Ludwig says, “The sky’s the limit as far as creativity is concerned!”

We couldn’t agree more and neither could a couple customers, who instantly ranked the Half N Half Cupcake Pan with five out of five stars.

One user, whose review calls the pan “genius and time saving,” also said, “I got excited when I saw this so I told myself I gotta have it. It’ll make my baking fun, faster and easier. Genius!”

Another user, who called the pan “cupcake fun for everyone,” said “It takes a little patience to make things turn out perfectly, but I have given this set as a gift on a few occasions, and my friends and family love it as much as I do. Happy baking…”

Both reviewers also said that the Half N Half Cupcake Pan is the perfect gift for families, so if you haven’t picked your up yet, grab one for yourself and a family member or friend!

Congratulations to our client, Richard, and everyone who has worked on making the Half N Half Cupcake Pan such a success!

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Isaac Asimov’s Future Invention Predictions

If you ask someone what the future will be like, some common answers are that there will be flying cars or that we will be able to travel back into time, etc. But, there was one inventor and idea man, in particular, that just so happened to predict the future, and the future that he predicted is now!

It all began in 1964 when a science-fiction writer by the name of Isaac Asimov used his creativity and imagination to invent an idea of what the future would look like; and, by the looks of it, he was pretty spot on.

Let’s take a look at a few of Asimov’s invention predictions!

Microwave- We have already written a blog that was solely devoted to the invention of convenience, otherwise known as the microwave. But, long before our blog post, Asimov predicted that there would be an invention that would prepare “automeals” and that complete lunches and dinners with the food semi-prepared would be stored in the freezer until ready for processing (hello, TV dinners). It’s safe to say that Asimov’s invention prediction number one was accurate.

GPS- Road maps are now seen as a sort of historical document, ever since the GPS was invented. Now, you can travel uncharted territory and go from point A to point B with a small invention that is either incorporated into your car’s dashboard,  sticks to the inside of your car’s windshield or is available on your Smartphone. Asimov predicted that “Much effort will be put into the designing of vehicles with ‘robot-brains’ (vehicles that can be set for particular destinations and that will then proceed there without interference by slow reflexes of a human driver.)” The invention that Asimov described is pretty close to the GPS that we use today. And, he might not be far off with his prediction of vehicles proceeding without interference by slow reflexes of the human driver; because, there are countless projects, one of which was conducted in 2013 at Carnegie Mellon University, where they invented a working prototype of a self-driving car. Stay tuned to see if Asimov’s second prediction comes completely true!

FaceTime/Internet- So, your loved one or your friend is on the other side of the country or even across the pond; but, that doesn’t matter because you can still talk to them face-to-face via FaceTime and the internet. These two inventions have revolutionized the way that people communicate and Asimov predicted this future invention by saying, “Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone.” He continued to say that “The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books.” How would this be possible? Asimov said that “synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on Earth, including the weather stations in Antarctica.” These invention predictions made by Asimov sound a lot like the tablets and computers that we use on a daily basis, both leisurely and for our business efforts, too.

Asimov made these predictions 50 years ago and we are using these inventions today. Perhaps, 50 years from now, we will be writing about your invention and your invention predictions. But, you’ll never know, if you don’t dare to invent!

Copyright Davison 2014



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Saying Goodbye to 2012 – Thanks for Many Great Memories!

happy new year davison“Should old acquaintance be forgot and… ”  Ok, so, we may not know all the words to Auld Lang Syne, but we are more than ready to ring in the new year with some great memories from 2012.  And, when it comes down to it, we are pretty sure that’s what the song means!

Although there were many, many great things that happened this year, our post simply would be WAY too long if we included them all, so here are just a few highlights from each month.

January: The late celebrity icon known for hosting a “rockin” New Year’s Eve reviews the History Channel’s “Inventionland” reality TV special. “I found it fun to watch and most interesting and, undoubtedly, will be a successful History Channel venture,” says Dick Clark.

Inventionland Show - Las VegasAlso after the History Channel’s “Inventionland” reality TV show special, which was promoted high above the strip in Las Vegas and in NYC’s Times Square, our creative workspace also appears in the Wall Street Journal!

February: We launch our innovative “Dare to Invent” webisode series! The 13-episode series showcases our clients and their inventions, from product inception to licensing… and beyond!  The series begins with Joy, inventor of the Party on the Go, and Kay, inventor of Pugz Shoes.  The webisodes can be found at and on YouTube.

We go international twice! Inventionland is featured on the the German TV show “Galileo” and the Davison-designed Hydro Family (which was licensed by Hugs Pet Products) is set to sell in the United Kingdom and Canada.

March: Walmart runs an “Idol-style” competition online called “Get on the Shelf” and Hugs Pet Products, a company that has licensed many of our designs, enters several of Davison-designed pet products in the contest!

The TheraPED, a spa-therapy product that we designed for our client, Lennell, continues to receive rave reviews from Zumba and yoga instructors across the nation.

lennell dare to invent theraped davisonApril: We present our TheraPED inventor, Lennell, with her very first royalty check at a surprise party for her family and friends in her hometown, St. Louis! Mr. Davison and our production crew get some great photos and video footage under the city’s famous Arch for an upcoming “Dare to Invent” episode!

Speaking of “Dare to Invent,” the webisodes continue!  This month, we feature John, inventor of the BikeBoard, and Jean, inventor of the Meatball Baker!

May: Davison is nominated for a Small Business Community Association (SBCA) 2012 Best of Business Award for Pittsburgh! According to the SBCA, the Best of Business Awards are designed to empower and recognize businesses that make a difference in their communities.

Continuing a school tradition, George Davison speaks to students at his high school alma mater, The Kiski School, in Saltsburg, Pa.  The day-long event includes three sessions, where Mr. Davison enlightens young minds on what it is like to be an entrepreneur.

June: In what becomes the first of many appearances in 2012, George Davison is featured on lifetime-balancing-actLifetime’s “The Balancing Act,” America’s premier one-hour women’s morning show dedicated to creating trusted solutions for today’s woman. Mr. Davison joins host Danielle Knox to field questions both before and after Lifetime airs Joy Clymer’s (Party on the Go) episode of “Dare to Invent.”

Fox Business Network cameras join George Davison at Inventionland, where we get a sneak peek inside Davy’s Treehouse. “Inventionland is like a big playground for creative people,” George tells Lauren Simonetti. “We try to keep everybody in a state of mind that is real creative and real positive, because the world of inventing can be a crazy up-and-down world. It’s a state of mind.”

July: “Dare to Invent” airs the final episodes of the webisode series. The first features Christine Walker, inventor of the Brownie Bowl and our 1st season final episode treats viewers to Gary and Ruth Frazer, inventors of the Twister Bolts and Twister Caps.

We proudly announce that the TheraPED will be included in 200 VIP gift bags given out during the 13th Annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis (Aug. 23, 2012). As part of the 2012 U.S. Open festivities held in New York City, The Taste of Tennis combines NYC’s top chefs and the world’s greatest tennis players to showcase their culinary skills for the benefit of New York Junior Tennis League.

clip and drain davisond designAugust: Davison products burn up the blogosphere. TheraPED once again earns rave reviews from the One Bored Mommy blog; 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool has “got everything you want,” according to a Hello Dollface blogger; The Clip & Drain replaces colanders for the writer of Sugar Pop Ribbons; The Neat Things in Life blog gets cooking with the Silicone Dog Treat Pan; and AWAY is celebrated by holistic health guru The Savvy Sister.

Davison is featured in an article in the summer edition of Soul Pitt Quarterly, Pittsburgh’s Premier Minority A&E Magazine.  In the piece, Soul Pitt’s writer (Mimi Gray) speaks with CEO and Founder George Davison, President Frank Vescio, Senior Director of New Products Steve Smith and Director of New Products Hassan Walker and picks their brains about what it takes to be an inventor and to work at Davison.

george davison petco hugs pet productsSeptember: A defining moment in company history, the entire fall 2012 Hugs Pet Products Pugz line arrives at Petco!  The line, which we helped design, includes leashes, beds, coats, leg warmers, harnesses and boots; and it’s prominently displayed on Petco’s end caps.

We expand our social media presence, launching Pinterest and Google+ pages.  Pinterest allows us to share all things inventing on our pinboard and Google+ allows us to chat with our followers in circles or groups, so we can better meet their inventing needs.

October: Mr. Davison’s Lifetime TV appearances continue as he and Jean Rindfuss (as part of her Dare to Invent episode) appear on “The Balancing Act.” Before showing the appetizing webisode, Mr. Davison discusses Davison’s Better Way to Invent and how it worked for Jean Rindfuss and her Meatball Baker.

Davison’s Hydro Bone is featured in Real Simple Magazine as part of their “40 Most-Pinned Problem Solving Products” list. Of the hydrating chew toy, the Hydro Bone, the magazine said, “If you’re hitting the park with Fido, be sure to pack the proper warm-weather essentials. Simply soak this rubber bone in water and toss it to your four-legged friend, so he’ll stay well “hydrated all day long.”

george davison license agreementsNovember: In time for the holiday season, Mr. Davison illustrates how Davison’s Better Way to Invent works for everyday people with ideas.  He signs, seals and delivers big news and royalty checks to Davison inventors from all over the country and even England.

Our Licensing Team attends Atlantic City’s Non-Foods Marketing Expo, a trade show that caters to retailers interested in general merchandise and seasonal items that one may find at a grocery or drug store. Among over 150 vendors, past licensees of Davison products, Hugs Pet Products and AWAY Bug Repellent, showcase several Davison designs. Quickly heading to the west coast, the Licensing Team also makes a stop at the SEMA and AAPEX shows, where Davison car-cleaning products shine!

December: Ending 2012 with a bang, Mr. Davison makes a few more appearances on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act.”  This time, he brings along our clients, Christine – Brownie Bowl Inventor and Gary and Ruth – Twister Caps and Twister Bolts inventors, as part of their “Dare to Invent” webisodes.

The Keystone Edge, an online publication that covers the entrepreneurial ecosystem that drives Pennsylvania forward, features Mr. Davison in their “Founders” section.  Comparing him to Henry Ford, deeming the title “a praise that should not be viewed lightly,” Keystone Edge also calls Mr. Davison “one heckuva entrepreneur.”

Thank you for everything, 2012!  We can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store!!

Happy New Year! 


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Davison’s TheraPED – Bringing the Perfect Balance of Relief!

After running to the polls yesterday, we are sure that your feet are aching and could use the soothing relief that can only be provided by the TheraPED, which will be featured tomorrow (11/8/12) on “America’s premier one-hour women’s morning show.”

Davison founder and CEO George Davison and our client, Lennell Parks, along with her TheraPED (as part of her “Dare to Invent” webisode) will be the featured guests on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act” tomorrow, November 8th at 7:00am.

lennell parks inventor of the therapedThe story behind the TheraPED not only is a triumphant solution for Lennell’s discomfort, but also a celebration of an inventor’s ingenuity that now helps countless consumers who suffer from foot pain.

Initially, the innovative spa-therapy product was created to provide comfort from the “hot feet” she experienced as a result from multiple sclerosis. The TheraPED offers cooling therapy and is designed with multi-functional gel pads that also provide moist heat for the top, sides and bottom of feet.

davison designed therapedLicensed by Health Enterprises, the TheraPED has been a big hit among yoga and Zumba bloggers and was included in gift bags at the 45th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards!

In a separate interview, Mr. Davison summed up the amazing collaborative effort for the TheraPED.

“Everyone did a great job.  To think that this whole project started as an idea years ago and it has brought together such wonderful people all along the way… people helping people to make the world a little better for our friends and neighbors.”

Find out what else Mr. Davison has to say about this awesome product and his Better Way to Invent.  Tune in or set your DVR for the Balancing Act tomorrow morning.  You won’t want to miss it!

george davison with inventor of Theraped

The Lifetime Network can be found on the following channels:
– DirecTV Channel 252 (SD/HD)
– Dish Network Channel 108 (SD/HD)
– Verizon FiOS Channel 140 (SD); Channel 640 (HD)
– AT&T U-verse Channel 360 (SD); Channel 1360 (HD)
– Available on most cable systems: Check local listings


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Magazine Ranks Hydro Bone as Anything But “Real Simple”

If you know us very well, you know we’re all about finding innovative solutions to everyday problems. Now, a Davison-designed product is receiving recognition for doing just that.

Real Simple Magazine, whose motto is “life made easier, every day,” recently included the Davison-designed Hydro Bone on their “40 Most-Pinned Problem Solving Products” list.

Of the hydrating chew toy, the magazine said, “If you’re hitting the park with Fido, be sure to pack the proper warm-weather essentials. Simply soak this rubber bone in water and toss it to your four-legged friend, so he’ll stay well–hydrated all day long.”

Licensed and sold by Hugs Pet Products, the Hydro Bone was born in the mind of our client, Diane, who first got the idea for the refreshing toy when she was looking for a way to keep her Japanese Chin puppy hydrated on long car trips.

Diane’s Hydro Bone certainly solved that problem and more! On Real Simple’s list, the Hydro Bone is among other problem-solving products like a corn de-silker, dissolvable jar labels and a machine that chops up candy or cookie ice cream toppings. View Real Simple’s entire list here.

Congrats to Diane, our Creationeers, Hugs Pet Products and everyone else who had a hand in bringing this innovative bone to market!


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Davison’s Meatball Baker Rolls onto “The Balancing Act” Tomorrow (10/12/12)

While you may not have considered eating meatballs for breakfast, you just may after you tune in to the next episode of Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act.”  On the show, featured guest and Davison Meatball Baker and its inventor, Jean Rindfuss, as part of their “Dare to Invent” webisode.

The tasty segment airs tomorrow, October 12th at 7 a.m. and again on October 25th at the same time.  Before showing the appetizing webisode, Mr. Davison will discuss the Davison Way to Invent and how it worked for Jean’s Meatball Baker.

An avid cook, loving mother and adoring grandmother, Jean had always tried to make perfect meatballs for her family. Although they were delicious, her meatballs always end up covered in grease.

spider meatballs pinterestAfter she received some disappointing news from her family’s doctor, Jean decided to find a way to remove the grease and she brought her idea for a healthier meatball to Davison.

Davison’s creative team headed straight to the kitchen to find the perfect recipe for a health-friendly pan to bake meatballs.  A heaping spoonful of research, a dash of redesign and a sprinkle of some unconventional product testing combined to cook up Jean’s Meatball Baker – which rolled its way onto QVC and the shelves of several major national retailers!

To coincide with the Meatball Baker’s debut on “The Balancing Act,” we’re giving our Pinterest followers the chance to win  their very own Meatball Baker in our “Re-pin to Win” giveaway!  Check out the giveaway details and rules below, tune into “The Balancing Act,” then head to Pinterest for a chance to win!

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