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the american inventor!


so, i watched abc's american inventor last night- did anyone else? i was a bit underwhelmed, but i'm so intrigued by the creative process and inspiration that creates new products, that i had to watch. it's basically just like made in the usa, but not as splashy, and without a personality as fun as karim rashid. did anyone else watch, have thoughts? i loved the "walk buddy" aka: stick to fight away bears and mountain lions. lol.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a little too cheeseball for me. Letting people to the next level because the judges' heart strings were pulled. I understand wanting to ride the coat tails of American Idol's success, but the content needed to be edited. They also weren't clear what an "invention" was--a product, an idea or concept? Seemed inconsistent and I wasn't intrigued enough to want to watch again.

How is your TV show coming? Any further movement in that direction for design*sponge?

2:42 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

good point, anna. i didn't like that. like, "oh! you spent your family's fortune on this and sold your wife's wedding ring?" i don't think i'd applaud that. i loved that the guy with the shovel had spent like 100k on it. wow.


[ps: news on d*s future to come soon, and to be announced in a big, fun way. things are in the works and this sponge is a (happy) busy bee!]

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree about all the emotion attached to it...way, way too much. it was like made in the usa overtaken by extreme makeover:home edition. i really hope the subsequent shows focus more on the creative process, as you said grace. because if the woman continues to well up with tears every 2 seconds, i will have to change the channel.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also thought there was way too much of an effort to elicit emotions from the audience. I did like the guy who basically "invented sleeves" though. I was also perplexed by the woman who invented the "candy snowglobe". The candy base was there and the plastic dome but now liquid or snow? I would have had a reusable base with somthing that puffed air in, blowing around little white candy flakes (but that's just me).

4:50 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

I watched the guy from prison doing his sweaty workout and modestly saying he was doing it for the "people", the woman with the character doll and video, and the guys in the music business who invented a wastebasket type nut tray...stupid all.
Turned it off after the PHD woman horrified me with those inflatible tantrum toys...only time I agreed with the judges...
Nothing I would revisit...was a huge blunder on the part of Simon to back the show...I usually agree with his criticism on AI...especially when he showed class by telling Taylor from Alabama (my fav.) he apologized for not having voted for him from the start.

Reality shows are having to reinvent themselves constantly, much like the design world.


11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are a couple of websites I found for the show:

- great discussions, interesting inventors photo gallery.

- really cool discussion about how the whole show is a scam.

There is a pretty funny discussion of "Does American Inventor Suck" at

which you may want to check out.

10:02 AM  
Blogger stu said...

I'm an inventor in Denver: patented products and money coming in. I would hate to have to go through what these people did.
My help and support came from a group called the Inventors' Roundtable here in Denver. They make sure we don't waste time and money. There's lots of free info on the website.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh i want to watch if there's no karim.
i'm an industrial designer and i HATE karim rashid.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would donate my 401K and my kid's college fund to NOT see Karim on the air. Just tell me where to send the money...

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karim Rashid is a live human being? I thought he was a cartoon character on Cable TV.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on

It's a great site. I love their Wacky Products section. The stuff in there is just too ridiculous.

8:42 AM  

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