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Problems, Personas, and Profits: How to Find the Right Niche for Your Product Business

Problems, Personas, and Profits: How to Find the Right Niche for Your Product Business

When you launch a product business, it can be tempting to not choose a definitive niche. You might think you don’t want to limit yourself, opting instead to appeal to as many people as possible. But the truth is that without a specific niche, you are likely to struggle when you’re starting out. Your niche… Continue Reading

Acquiring a Trademark for Your Product Business: The 6 Step Process to Protect Your Brand Identity

Acquiring a Trademark for Your Product Business: The 6 Step Process to Protect Your Brand Identity

(Please note: I am not an attorney. What I am about to share is what I have learned through my experience in trademarking brands as a designer and business owner.) As you establish your product business, you might wonder if you need to secure trademarks for your assets.  Trademarking is a big decision for your… Continue Reading

Exiting Your Product Business: How and Why to Make a Shutdown Plan Before You Launch

Exiting Your Product Business: How and Why to Make a Shutdown Plan Before You Launch

If you’re launching a product business, the last thing you want to think about is what happens if you fail. But part of starting a business is planning ahead for all contingencies—including exiting your business. Somewhere down the line, you might come to the point where your business is no longer growing or bringing in… Continue Reading

Ultra Violet, 2018 Color of the Year and What that Means for You?

Ultra Violet, 2018 Color of the Year and What that Means for You?

Each year, Pantone names a color that represents, in the words of Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, “A reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”     This year, that color is Ultra Violet. Pantone’s website explains, “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is… Continue Reading

A Taste of Cuba

A Taste of Cuba

Last month, I took my first trip to Cuba. As a package designer, I am always fascinated what grocery stores and shops look like in other countries. Like my trips to Sweden or Turkey, but Cuba was different. A short trip…less than an hour flight and only 90 miles from the tip of the Florida… Continue Reading

Inspiration from the Desert

Inspiration from the Desert

After 15 years and 7 hours of anticipation, I finally arrive at my first Burning Man festival. In the an empty dusty desert about 2 hours outside of Reno in the middle of nowhere, a city called Black Rock City grows from zero to 70,000 people for a week and then disappears without a trace.… Continue Reading