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Three Famous Inventors Who Overcame Failure

Innovative Inventions, Inventions, Inventor Stories

“Every glowing path that goes astray… shows you how to find a Better Way!”

Leave it to a 1968 classic children’s film to provide just the right amount of inspiration and humor to keep us motivated.

Recently, our founder and CEO, Mr. Davison, shared the inspirational tune The Roses of Success from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a movie about a down-on-his-luck inventor who eventually invents a revolutionary flying car. See the song below.

Throughout this movie and this song in particular, viewers are shown that sometimes things don’t play out as you’d hope. This notion applies perfectly to the world of inventing.

Sometimes our imaginations run free and we believe that our inventions will be an instant record-breaking success. However, even some of the most famous inventors had to overcome obstacles in order to achieve success!

If you don’t believe us, here’s a short list of inventors who had to overcome failure.

Let’s start with an example right from the song!


Alexander Graham Bell – Straight from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a verse that encapsulates Bell’s struggles to claim his invention of the telephone as his own! For years and years, Bell faced legal challenges to claim that he was the sole inventor. Rather than give up, Bell embarked on one of the longest patent battles in history to fight for his idea.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison – The phonograph, electrical lamp and the movie camera were just a few of the inventions that are credited to Edison. However, none of these inventions, plus his more than 1,000 patents, would have been possible if he listened to his teachers that told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.”

Walt Disney

Walt Disney – Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney World wouldn’t mean anything to us today if Walt Disney listened to the newspaper editor who fired him because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” But, that wasn’t the only failure that Disney ever experienced. In fact, several more of his business ventures failed before the premiere of his movie “Snow White.” Despite these failures, we can see today that those detours eventually would lead him down the road to ultimate success!

Thanks to our own founder and CEO Mr. Davison for sharing this inspirational clip to show us that even the most successful inventors had to overcome their fair share of failures and obstacles to reach their own Roses of Success!

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Name that Invention!

Davison News, Patents

Davison Patent Wall

During a tour of Inventionland, the facility that does design work for Davison and Davison’s clients, excited visitors end their experience with a visual look at what Davison considers one of the last steps in the inventing process- filing a patent application.

A long, white hallway becomes a conversation piece as visitors take a closer look at actual patents named to our very own founder and CEO, George Davison. A description on the wall reads:

“As you come to the end of your project and know what your product is going to be, you can file your patent, as you can see…and that is why patents are at the end of the tour. Thank you for coming!”

Though visitors are able to take a look at each of the patents in detail, would they be able to recognize these invention ideas by their patent illustrations alone?

Recently, Smithsonian Magazine brought us a better way to test our skills in identifying inventions based only on their patent illustrations with a unique quiz. Give it a try!

Following that same inspiration, would you be able to identify some of our very own invention ideas simply by looking at their patent illustrations?


Hover Creeper Patent

Mechanic’s Creeper

Patent No. US D569,572 S

You may better recognize the Mechanic’s Creeper as none other than our IDSA Design Award-Winning Hover Creeper! Traditional automotive creepers have wheels that often get stuck in floor cracks, so we found a Better Way to design a creeper without expensive and breakage-prone wheels. This invention hovers slightly above the ground with the power of compressed air!


Better Bobbin Patent

Bobbin Winder

Patent No. US D611,516 S

The Bobbin Winder would later become known as the Better Bobbin to be featured in various stores. It was our solution for our client who wanted a quick and convenient way to fill bobbins directly from the sewing machine.

Goggleflauge Patent

Camouflage and Protective Headgear

Patent No. 5,652,963

Clearly something worn on the face, but what is it? Later to be recognized as the Goggleflauge™, this invention was developed by a paintball player to cover a player’s face mask so they can go unnoticed on the playing field. In addition to its camouflage features, it also has a soft form design that actually absorbs the impact of a paintball, allowing it to absorb and bounce without breaking.

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Davison Makes the Headlines, Again!

Davison News, George Davison

It’s been an exciting time here at Davison! Not only has our client’s product, the Bacon Baker, been recently featured on the TODAY Show, we’ve also been featured in a Pittsburgh Trib Total Media publication. Check it out!

Trib Live Article

In the article, the words “Imagination, innovation and invention,” were all used to describe our friends over at Inventionland’s creative workspace.

The article, “Inventionland helps build new products, entrepreneurs,” deems our creative design facility an “idea incubator” that is capable of helping people who’ve “hatched an idea for a fabulous new invention…”

After chronicling founder and CEO Mr. Davison’s personal invention journey, contributing Trib Total Media writer Joyce Hanz discusses how both Davison Design & Development and Inventionland were born. Hanz briefly touches on how Mr. Davison came up with the Davison Inventing Method.

“This method involves a nine-step process under one roof to increase productivity and provide a one-stop-shopping invention incubator,” she says.

Trib Live- Davison

But, that’s just a brief overview of this great article. Read more about Mr. Davison and our friends over at Inventionland in the Trib LIVE!

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59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball Raises $65,850 in “A Night to Remember!”

Community News, Davison News

Well, now we know what the hype surrounding last month’s 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball was all about.

You may recall, that our founder and CEO Mr. Davison, his mother and Pittsburgh CLO Guild member, Moira Davison, and his daughter, Morgan Davison, served as a three-generation team of co-chairs to host the magical evening. They welcomed nearly 350 guests to the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh to celebrate “A Night to Remember.”

Thanks to their efforts and the generous support of those who attended the epic event, the Pittsburgh CLO Guild has just announced that they raised $65,850 from the annual ball!

Those proceeds directly impact the arts in Pittsburgh, going toward the Pittsburgh CLO’s mainstage productions, the CLO Academy of Musical Theater, the CLO Internship Program, the Guild Scholarship Fund, CLO Mini Stars and much more.

You can read more about the 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette or on See more photos from “A Night to Remember” in Whirl Magazine.

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Davison Trio Co-chairs Pittsburgh CLO Guild’s Memorable Night

Davison News

When Pittsburgh came together in celebration of the arts for the 59th annual CLO Guild Ball on Saturday, June 7th, it was none other than our CEO and founder, George Davison, his mother, Moira, and his daughter, Morgan, who led the epic night!

The three generations of Davison co-chairs hosted the magical evening, “A Night to Remember,” welcoming nearly 350 guests to the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

The musical night included dinner, dancing, raffles and a silent auction, all in support of the Pittsburgh CLO Guild’s community outreach programs, which include performing arts college scholarships, internship programs, youth and senior ticket programs, musical theater training programs for adults and children with disabilities and other community arts programs.

Longtime CLO Guild supporters Judge Robert and the late Violet Gallo also were honored during the evening with the CLOE Award and a video tribute.

Special thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the 59th annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball in support of the arts!

Read more about the exciting evening in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette or on and see more photos from “A Night to Remember” in Whirl Magazine!

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Davison Products Have Sold in 1,200 Stores!

Davison News, Product News

It seems like only yesterday when our founder and CEO, George Davison excitedly smashed a 9-liter bottle of champagne in our creative workspace, Inventionland, in celebration of reaching a monumental company milestone:

Though that was not long ago, we have continued to add retailers at astounding rates. Today, we’re pleased to announce that the number of stores and online retailers that have carried Davison-designed products and packaging solutions has reached 1,200!

According to Davison, Walmart was the invention industry leader’s first store; but, in 25 years, many more retailers have been added to the list of stores that have carried Davison designs.

Davison’s own invention dream launched the company back in 1989. Since then, he has perfected his Better Way to Invent and brought all aspects of the inventing process under one roof, Inventionland, the 61,000 square foot design facility that churns out 2,200 – 2,400 new inventions each year for every day inventors and corporate clients, alike.

As an inventor, Davison said that one of his greatest rewards is seeing Davison-designed products reach store shelves.

“I find it extremely rewarding to bring an idea for a new product to life… then, actually see it in packaging and on the store shelf. There is nothing more exciting,” said Davison.

Today, you can find Davison-designed products and packaging solutions in big-name retailers like Target, Kohl’s and The Home Depot. There are also hundreds of niche retailers that have added that Davison “D” to their store shelves.

See some of the products that have sold in stores and online here.

Mr. Davison offers Sound Advice at CEO Conference

Davison News, George Davison

On September 24, Mr. Davison took to the microphone at the 27th Annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference in Gibsonia. While at the conference, Mr. D shared the trials and tribulations that he has experienced both in his personal life and in his career.

Aside from these ups and downs, Mr. Davison has found great success within the industry and it showed not only to the people in the room but to people from all over the world that if you have a dream, you can achieve it.

Mr. D told those in attendance his story of growing up in poverty after his parents’ divorce and how he discovered, after many failed business ventures, however big or small they were, that he no longer wanted to sell other people’s products; he wanted to sell his own.

And that is exactly what he did. Mr. Davison took his failures in stride and created a better way to make his dreams come true through hard work and perseverance. That determination paid off when he created Inventionland, America’s largest invention factory and was called a “creative genius” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Before Mr. Davison departed from the stage, he left the more than 200 senior executives at the conference with this piece of advice, “Find what you like to do. Look at it. Study it. What do you see? Is that what you want to do?”

We think that it’s safe to say that through Mr. D’s failures he found a better way to create success.

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Attention USA: Mr. D will be LIVE on the Radio Waves

Davison News, George Davison

On Monday, September 9, at 8:48 a.m. (EST), our founder and CEO, Mr. Davison will be LIVE on Daybreak USA, a nationally broadcast radio show! Mr. D will be talking about our Better Way to Invent, his personal inventing story and several successful Davison-designed products!  Don’t forget to tune in!

Check out the live stream here:

Daybreak USA

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Mr. D Goes on the Hunt for Davison-Designed Products

George Davison, Inventions, Product News

Thanks to our Better Way to Invent, Davison has been able to turn new ideas into products and put them on shelves in stores near you!

Recently, our founder and CEO, Mr. Davison, went on a trip to check out all of the new Davison-designed products that are on the shelves at Toys “R” Us and PetSmart!

Take a look as Mr. Davison sees some new Davison-designed products in stores for the first time.

The Dangle toys, Catnip toys and new laser collars are just a few of the products that are currently being sold at PetSmart!

Here are a few shots of Mr. Davison witnessing just some of those great new products at PetSmart and Toys “R” Us:

It’s safe to say that there is no “Better Way” for Mr. D to spend his day than checking out some of the latest Davison-designed products that just hit the shelves at area retailers!

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Mr. Davison is on the Air Tomorrow!

Davison News, George Davison

Mr. Davison’s interview with KTRS in St. Louis, MO will air tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. ET. You’ll be able to learn more about our Better Way to Invent, our creative design facility, Inventionland, and much more! Listen here!

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