grapple™ is a line of non-slip grip pads that were designed to enhance the grip action on electronic devices. These patent-pending products offer a minimalist solution to compliment, and not cover up, your iPhone, iPad and any other electronic device.
grapple™ is manufactured from high-quality, injection-molded , thermoplastic elastomer. This material and design provides a soft, yet comfortable grip, adding control, safety, and confidence.
Mario Batali Kitchenware Line
Mario Batali is an award-winning chef, successful restaurateur, TV personality, author, and philanthropist, who has built a small empire around his unique brand of Italian cooking and culture.
Product council teamed up with Mario, Copco, and OXO founder Sam Farber, to create a distinct line of Italian kitchenware. The initial launch included over 50 products of enameled cast-iron cookware, utensils, tools, cutlery, and serve ware. The result - a perfect blend of classic quality and contemporary function that addresses the needs of all consumers, from kitchen novices to experienced chefs.
Newsweek magazine hailed this line as “everyday brilliance”. Crate and Barrel lauded the line as the best cast iron on the market. Utility and design patents awarded.
Mario’s silicon basting brush was designed with concave strands that provided a canal to hold basting sauces. This feature maximized the basting experience. The silicon material withstand high heat temperatures and was awarded a utility patent.
The pizza cutter was designed with a stainless steel and polycarbonate cutting wheel with a Granton edge. The handle was ergonomically designed and weighted to help cut through thick crust and toppings.
Panini Grill + Press
The panini pan was designed with thick-walled cast iron and offered a generous grilling surface. The porcelain enamel exterior and black matte interior does not require seasoning nor will it react to acidic foods. The cast stainless steel knob features Mario's logo.
SS Pizza Wheel, Serrated Peeler, Chef, and Paring Knives
Cast Iron 6 QT Dutch Oven with Self Basting Lid
This patent-pending silicon basting brush, spoon and scraper was invented by product council. Originally offered to Mario, this tool is currently available for royalty.
Product council has enjoyed a long partnership with CST/berger which has spanned over 21 years and continues to this day. Stanley Works purchased CST in 2004 and Bosch from Stanley in 2008. Through these acquisitions, product council remained a constant, continuing to provide design and engineering expertise.
From the beginning, product council developed a strong, identifiable visual brand language that has carried over into the Stanley and Bosch brands. The housings were molded from a durable ABS plastic with TPE rubber strategically placed to help absorb shock and withstand an industry 7-foot drop test onto concrete.
Theses products needed to withstand the rigors of the construction industry, be highly visible and function with gloved hands. Each new product was carefully designed to carry the brand language forward.
The Trak Magnetic Locator detects ferrous objects underground, underwater or in snow. A large LCD provides the digital readout and bar graph. A membrane switch pad allows one to adjust the volume and sensitivity. Other features include a lightweight, water-resistant housing and ergonomic handle and a quick-change access for the battery pack.
Self-Leveling Horizontal Rotary Laser
The CST/Berger self-leveling horizontal rotary laser level features Pro-Grade technology in a rugged, co-molded rubber and plastic housing that makes it suitable for the most demanding projects.
LaserMark LM30 Wizard
CST/Berger LM30 offers all the ease-of-use features of more expensive models, including one-button, leveling, plumbing, and alignment, indoor/outdoor suitability, variable speed rotation plus spot mode, and "one person" operation.
LaserMark MP5 Laser
TheMP5 offers a five independent self-leveled highly focused laser beam. The laser allows the user to plumb, level, and square instantly, and has no bubbles to level. An ON/OFF switch locks the lasers in place when not in use. MP5’s unique self-leveling and dampening system is the quickest to settle the beam, reducing setup time.
24x Automatic Level
The 24X Magnification has a level accuracy of 300' and has a magnetically-dampened, wire-hung compensator for optimum range and accuracy. It has a top-mounted optical peep-sight for quick reference and a large, easy-to-use precise focusing knob. It offers sealed dust-protected leveling screws, and is water resistant for various weather conditions.
LMH Rotary Laser
The LMH laser is an electronic self-leveling rotary level designed for outdoor and indoor use. It comes equipped with visual and audible alarms. As with all the laser line housings, they were designed with a durable ABS plastic and TPE rubber to protect against shock. The housing is also weatherproof.
Ulta-Lit Light Keeper Pro
The Light Keeper Pro, is a complete tool for fixing the frequent problems associated with indoor and outdoor holiday lights. A piezo charge of 30,000 volts fuses the shunt of any burned-out light to complete the circuit. Utility Patent awarded.
Ulta-Lit LED Keeper
The LED Keeper uses insulation piercing to connect to the copper within the light set wires and illuminate functioning sections by creating mini-circuits.
Fellowes USB Hub
This 4-port USB swivel hub is an example of a disruptive design solution that deviated from our client’s original vision. Product council’s research revealed more efficient methods for interface and cord management that lead to a rotating horizontal hub solution. Utility Patent awarded.
Since 1925, Jensen has been a pioneer in home and car electronics, developing landmark products. Jensen partnered with product council to develop this power amplifier. The housing was extruded aluminum with a perforated stainless steel fan plate. The design language evoked the ruggedness of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, the source of our inspiration.
Learning Resources Cue Scheduler
This electronic classroom organizer keeps track of busy schedules and features a two-step data entry process.The Cue is capable of scheduling over 50 pre-programmed activities and features light and sound alarms.
product council was approached by Digisette to develop the DataPlayer, a precursor to the iPod and MP3 formats. At the time, this was a new portable format for music and videos with cartridges boasting an unprecedented storage 250 MB capacity. The DataPlayer had an ergonomic form that fit comfortably in one’s palm with an interface that was simple and easy to navigate. Design Patent awarded.
Activision + Robomoto +
The Tony HawkRide skateboard shaped controller accurately translates the gamers’ body movements to the game by means of two accelerometers and four IR motion sensors located on the peripherals of the board. The durable and balanced board design allows gamers to perform their favorite moves such as ollies and nollies, along with popping, tilting, and rotational maneuvers. Patented and awarded the IDSA IDEA, ID international design, and Spark awards.
product council is renowned in the houseware’s industry as experts in designing cook’s tools for the commercial and consumer markets. Working with top Chefs Mario Batali, Ming Tsia, mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, and other top industry leaders nationally and internationally, has given product council a rich experience and expertise that has consistently helped clients launch successful products that meet the needs of the most discriminating chefs.
Copco Deluxe Salad Spinner
Product council created this deluxe spinner for fast and easy salad preparation. The bowl doubles as a “kitchen to table” serving container with a non-slip ring on the bottom. The rubber coated top allows for a firm, non-slip grip, while the one-handed lever sends the basket spinning over 700 RPMs. The basket can be easily stopped with the finger-touch built-in brake. Utility Patented awarded.
The travel mug is made from stainless steel with a high density polypropylene interior. The double wall provides great insulation and features a leak-proof flip-top lid mechanism. The comfortable soft grip handle is easy to carry, eco-friendly, and BPA free.
Trudeau Travel Tumbler
This leak-proof flip top lid tumbler was designed with a double wall for added insulation with a form that was easy to grasp and placed in car drink holders. The result is a BPA free, dishwasher and microwave safe product that is offered in a variety of colors.
The Pampered Chef Tool Line
The Pampered Chef Honing Case and Knife Line
Silicone Vegetable Steamer
Weber-Stephen is the world’s premier manufacturer of grills, and grilling accessories. Over the years, product council has developed dozens of products for their lines which has helped Weber expand their business and brand to new retailers. The new products have also enhanced the grilling experience for consumers.
Building on Weber’s reputation for producing no-nonsense durable products, product council created designs that were ergonomic, functional, and complimented the designs of their grills.
Gourmet Korean Barbecue System
The Korean BBQ was designed to create specialty dishes with smoky flavors. The cast iron retains heat which in turn enhances the searing action on meat sealing in the moisture and flavor. The porcelain-enameled finish prevents sticking and allows for easy clean-up.
Stainless Steel Grill Pan
This SS grill pan is for everyday use and helps keep smaller food contained and easy maneuvered. This patent-pending perforated design was created to alleviate warping allowing smoky flavors to penetrate the food.
Weber Basics Line
The Weber Basic line was designed as a cost-sensitive BBQ tool line that was sold through retailers like Wal-Mart. These tools were manufactured from stainless steel with a simple cylindrical tube-like handle. The design for each tool focused on function, ergonomics, and aesthetics, while minimizing tooling and material costs.
Weber Style BBQ Thermometer
This barbecue thermometer was designed to complement the Weber grill aesthetic and it was pre-programmed with USDA recommended cooking temperatures and times. The extra large display and flip-out wire stand allowed the thermometer to be easily viewed from a distance. The probe and cord is easily stored on the back.
2 Probe Wireless Thermometer
Weber’s two probe thermometer offers users the opportunity to cook separate foods while monitoring their individual cooking times and temperatures. This is pre-programmed with the USDA’s recommended temperatures and times, taking the guesswork out of the equation. The timer function with its countdown and alarm helps keep you on track.
Prior to founding product council, principals Greg Foster and Robert Sheldon had extensive experience designing medical and laboratory equipment for clients like Abbott Labs, Baxter, BD, DentalEz, DuPont, Johnson + Johnson, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Syva to name a few. They continue to serve this industry and have built a loyal client base at product council, continuing to offer user research, and a full turn-key development process.
Johnson + Johnson Indigo Optima Laser System
The award winning Ethicon Endo-Surgery Indigo Optima Laser was designed as a mobile diode laser unit for clinic office environments. This laser provides a minimally invasive treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia using a thermotherapy process known as interstitial laser coagulation and was designed to be as compact a possible with a simple, intuitive control panel. Medical Design Excellence award.
Stryker Medical Birthing Bed
Stryker’s maternity bed was designed to ensure the best possible birthing experiences for mothers to be, nurses, and attending physicians. The bed offers outstanding patient comfort with advanced ergonomics and intuitive controls, flexible support features, with improved mobility. A visual indicator on the foot section confirms a locked position. Advanced ergonomics ensured proper body mechanics, helping to reduce the risks of caregiver back stress or injury.
Innovations include an inflatable lumbar support, removable foot section and a powered Skoocher which set the standard for the maternity industry. Other features include an ergonomic contoured fluid basin, three-position side rails, CPR release, automatic night-light, central brake and steer and IV pole. Utility Patent
Rushahb Instruments Rotary Stainer
Laboratories routinely stain biological tissue specimens deposited on laboratory slides for subsequent pathologic examination to detect and/or monitor tissue abnormalities. Product council worked with Rushabh to develop a rotary stainer that met the rigors of daily laboratory use. Creating a product with low volume production at a cost competitive manufacturing price was at the heart of the design and engineering challenge.
Hologic Gen-Probe DTS 400
Hologic Gen-Probe is a global leader in the development, manufacture of molecular diagnostic products and services that are used primarily to diagnose human diseases, screen donated human blood, and ensure transplant compatibility. The DTS 400 can generate up to 400 test results in 8 hours.
Product council created a cost-competitive housing and a simple user-interface. Ease of assembly and component layout were carefully executed to maximize on condensing the footprint.
iPager of Illinois IPager
The iPager is a programmable communication device created to facilitate interoffice communications. One can send a page anywhere in the office without the use of a satellite, cell phone, or computer. Product council designed this to be simple and intuitive use. The belt clip was an integral part of the product and was designed to flip the pager up into a horizontal position so that the text could be easily be read without taking it off the belt. The charging stations were designed to "daisy chain", connecting multiple units to charge at once and mount in a unified manner.
Abbott Diagnostics Vysis GenoSensor
The Vysis GenoSensor Microarray System was created specifically for genomic research and to simultaneously detect chromosomal amplifications or deletions of multiple genes in various human cancers. This was the industry's first commercially available system that allowed researchers to rapidly identify and discover key genomic correlations in disease occurrence and outcome.
The GenoSensor was designed to provide cost-effective manufacturing, minimal piece parts, ease of assembly, and ease of serviceability. Product council also designed the reagent packaging for this product.
Helping drive product innovation and business value for over 21 years.
Pampered Chef is a global company that offers a line of kitchen tools, food products, and cookbooks for preparing food in the home. Product council has developed several lines of products that have included tools, cookware, cutlery, glassware and dining.
Cook’s Tool Line
product council was asked to create a distinctive line of tools with a unified visual brand language. The handles were ergonomically designed to maximize on the functionality of each tool and were made from nylon with TPE grip areas. The tools included baking, fruit, vegetable, graters, peelers, slicers, and pizza products.
3 Piece Knife Set with Honing Safety Cases
product council designed a set of kitchen knives and honing cases that ultimately provided a safer honing experience. These beautifully designed knives, which consisted of a butcher and two paring, were manufactured with Phenolic resin and stainless steel. The handle was ergonomically configured for comfort and control that tapered at the bolster.
The honing cases were made of tinted transparent polycarbonate that allowed the user to see the blade at all times while honing and storing the blade. The ceramic rods were placed on the outside of the case so that the user could see the blade at all times.
A safety latch was added to hold the knives securely in place. The 8”, 5.5” and 3.5” blades were made from high-carbon stainless steel that were stamped to keep them light and affordable
Stainless Steel Professional Cookware Line
product council developed a line of stainless steel cookware that consisted of a fry pan, multi-pot, sauté, and sauce pan. The Tri-Ply cookware consists of a thick aluminum core with stainless steel interior and exteriors for durability and faster even heating. The extra-long stainless “Y” handles provide a comfortable, cool-to-the-touch, grip. The flared rim lip prevents dripping when pouring and the glass lids allow the chef to view the contents while cooking. The lid handles are higher than most to help fit a mitted hand. A recess on the top of the handle provides a temporary utensil rest while cooking.
Learning Resources AlphaBall Electronic Word Game
Voted "Toy of the Year" by Parents Magazine, this arcade-style trackball game challenges kids to unscramble words in a timely manner and helps improve spelling and vocabulary skills. The large radiused edges, offers safe interaction when slapping the trackball. The countdown lights and fun colors add to the gamer’s experience.
Stanley CL54 Cross Line Laser Level
The self-leveling CL54 laser projects perfectly horizontal and vertical lines onto any wall. With a clear visibility of up to 10M this laser is ideal for industrial and domestic leveling jobs. Features include a combination switch and transport lock compensator and 3 control buttons for plumb, horizontal and vertical lines.
Stanley MaxSteel Measuring Tape
The MaxSteel measuring tape was designed for construction durability with ABS impact resistant plastic. A half inch wide blade was used for ease of viewing, extra strength and overall durability. The abrasion resistant nylon coated blade helps withstand extreme temperatures, water and chemicals. The rewind mechanism winds three times faster with a 3:1 gear ratio. A folding Tru-Zero end hook was incorporated for accurate inside and outside measurements and the end loop enhanced the ease of pulling and anchoring the tape. A blade bumper was also added to help prevent blade damage.
Stanley CL90 Cross Line Laser
Tools of the Trade Magazine awarded the CL90 the “Editor's Choice Award”. CL90 was designed to withstand the wear and tear in construction site environments. The design aesthetic had to evoke durability and ruggedness. The weatherproof housing was engineered to withstand a standard 7-foot drop test onto concrete. The rubber-like material on the corners added shock absorbency and served as the unifying signature element for the entire line of lasers. The control panel had to be simple, intuitive, and easily viewed in bright sunlight. Design Patent awarded.
Stanley FatMax Torpedo Level Laser
This pocket laser level features a magnetic base and a beam splitter with two precision level vials. It projects 90 degree right angles for exact measurements and is powered by 3 AA batteries. As with all industrial products, product council designs them to withstand the rigors of the industry. Meant to perform in virtually every weather condition, these products are engineered with durable acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, thermoplastic elastomers, and diecast aluminum.
SKIL MT 8201-Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser
SKIL came to product council to design several laser levels. This particular laser projects horizontal and vertical cross lines with a manual mode for precise level, plumb and alignment. Projects horizontal lines with a 120 degree fan angle and features an automatic out-of-level sensing.
SKIL Self-Leveling Line Laser
This ultra-compact design offers consumers an easy to use laser that operates with a one-flip switch automatically projecting horizontal and vertical lines. The self-leveling technology offers precise leveling and alignment that makes installations and decorating easy. The 2.5 inch cube has a range of 15 feet and is currently the smallest laser on the market.
Hu-Friedy Dental Tool Cassette
Function and aesthetics were combined to create Hu-Friedy’s IMS Cassette. The innovative hole pattern and rail design significantly increase exposure to instruments during reprocessing, creating an optimal environment for cleaning and sterilization.
Ergonomic latch with positive locking mechanism allows one-handed opening and visual confirmation if the cassette is locked / unlocked.
Revolutionary new hole pattern design creates 30% additional open area for more access during cleaning and sterilization, and is compatible with current cleaning equipment, including automated washers.
Innovative color-coded silicone rail system, significantly reduces instrument contact allowing for more water flow while protecting the instruments during reprocessing.
High quality, electro-polished stainless steel protects against corrosion while providing a professional appearance.
Smooth round corners and slotted edges increase drainage and reduce drying time.
Leica Micro Systems
Surgipath Histology Equipment Line
Product council designed a line of histology equipment that consisted of a cover-slipperworkstation, tissue embedding center, tissue flotation water bath, and an embedding dispensing console. Extensive user-research revealed a number of feature enhancements, benefits, and innovations that were incorporated into the line. A strong visual brand language was created to unify these products which helped increase brand awareness.
Modern Mixologist Barware
Tony Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the world’s top mixologist. He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows that have included TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and many more.
Product council worked with Tony to develop his signature line of Modern Mixologist bar tools. The results are professional designed tools to artfully prepare any handcrafted libation. The line includes a 3-piece Cobbler, Boston shaker, lime squeezer, jigger, bar spoons, Hawthorne and Julep strainers, hardwood muddler, hand-blown Martini Beaker, and a Lewis bag.
Tony Hawk + Activision + Robomoto Tony HawkRIDE
Product council teamed up with internationally renowned skateboarder Tony Hawk to develop the TonyHawkRIDE for Activision. The game software was developed by Robomoto for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii platforms.
The challenge was to design an injection-molded skateboard controller that accurately translated movements to the screen by means of two accelerometers and four IR motion sensors located within the board. This allowed gamers' to perform their favorite moves like ollies, nollies, popping, and tilting to evoke a true-to-life skateboard experience. Utility and design patents were awarded. Product council was awarded an IDEA [industrial design excellence award], ID [international design award] and Spark award.
Sunstar GUM Micro Tip Toothbrush
The Micro Tip features Micro-feathering, where each bristle filament is split into seven fine endings creating up to 70% more contact area while brushing. The toothbrush handle was ergonomically designed with rubber grips that enhance the comfort and maneuverability while brushing. It was designed for soft, gentle, and comfortable cleaning over a broader surface.
Sunstar GUM Super Tip Toothbrush
Product council redesigned the SuperTip toothbrush to give it a distinct look with enhanced ergonomic features for comfort and control. The striped co-molded handle made from TPE and Polypropylene, accommodates all hand sizes and brushing techniques. The Super Tip resulted in regaining retail shelf space and 10 million dollars in sales. The brush head which is comprised of three different bristles and was specifically designed to clean in hard-to-reach areas at the back of the mouth. The back of the brush head features a TPE ridged tongue cleaner.
Medline Curad Tape Dispenser
Medline came to product council to design a new low-cost medical tape dispenser where several different types of tape could be used with an interchangeable core. Tape materials ranged from paper adhesive, transparent, cloth, silk and silicon. Clear polycarbonate was used for the lid and cutting edge, and the body was ABS. Challenges were developing a core and a cutting edge that took minimal effort to cut through the various materials.
Vidal Sassoon 1875 Watt Hair Dryer
This professional turbo dryer was designed to establish the new visual brand language for Vidal Sassoon’s dryer line. Product council developed a superior styling tool that enhanced the user-experience for both the professional stylists and consumers. Developing an ergonomic handle that aided in flexible positioning enhanced comfort and performance.
The ergonomic shaped control buttons and locations maximized the dryers overall functionality. The weight of the motor was balanced in the housing to reduce fatigue over long periods of professional use.
Paris Presents Ms Pedicure + Bath Line
Paris Presents provides branded cosmetic and bath accessories to mass merchants, drugstores, specialty beauty stores and online retailers. Over the years product council has designed a number of product lines for PP. The Ms Pedicure line consisted of a pumice stone, scaler, rasp file, scrub brush, toe nail clippers, and various files.
User research conducted helped create solid ergonomic solutions that optimize on the functionality of each product, reducing each to simple, elegant forms. Non-slip TPE material was introduced to add comfort and safety when using them.
Taylor / Metro Pro Helix Bath Scale
The ProHelix professional scale has been on the market since 1994 and has stood the “test of time”. Features include a patented ProHelix mechanism, chrome bezel, color-coded weight indicators, spacious reinforced platform, premium textured mat, and heavy-gauge steel construction. The design has become a classic and industry standard. This scale continues to be a top seller today. Product council also created Metro corporations company logo. Utility and Design Patents awarded.
ITW Garage Storage System
Product council designed a modular garage storage system that could be easily installed and multi-functional. The unit featured an aluminum extruded horizontal support with a built-in level that secured open storage bins. Shelf supports doubled as tool hangers.
HPI Homz Storage Bins
Product council was approached by Home Products International to develop a line of tote storage containers. The end result were storage totes that were clear HDPE plastic, durable, modular, stackable, and easy to grasp for carrying. The handles also featured a locking latch where color could be introduced.
Fellowes Partition Additions Accessories
The Partition Additions is a flexible storage system that utilizes office partition walls. This line was created out of extensive user-research on office space environments and is comprised of twenty products that range from file folders, in-out trays, a clock, pencil cup, nameplate, and numerous other storages units. Products are attached to the wall by utilizing a patented Viper-Pin technology that pierces the fabric on the cubicle wall. Utility + Design Patents awarded.
Ming Tsai East + West Bamboo Line
Product council teamed up with renowned celebrity chef Ming Tsai to design a beautiful line of bamboo products. Ming, a James Beard and Emmy award winning chef, author, TV / new media host and producer, product developer, and East-West lifestyle expert, came to product council to have his signature line of serve ware, sushi boards, satay plates, and chopsticks designed. The products were manufactured by Tru Bamboo. Product council incorporated the “East” aspect of the bamboo material with the “West” ceramic, dishwasher safe inserts, to fuse the two cultures.
Xfast is a new line of kitchen electrics comprised of a microwave, toaster and blender. These products can be controlled remotely with an iPhone app or with voice recognition control.
Over the years product council has designed over two dozen universal remote controls for national and international companies. Clients have included Hitachi, Onkyo, JCV, Jensen, Panasonic, RCA, Recoton, Technics, and Beery Systems. Product council was the first company to introduce highly ergonomic controls featuring tactile navigation recesses on base of the case corresponding to the main key functions.
Jensen + Hitachi DSS Universal Remotes
Jensen and Hitachi's universal satellite remote controls were designed to provide an intuitive, simple interface that easily guided the user to the primary, secondary, and tertiary control zones. Three recesses on the back of the case, corresponded to the top three control zones, allowing the user to easily target the desired function areas. The addition of color-coded key pads further helped distinguish the zones.
For Hitachi, Product council developed a patented sliding multi-page that transformed 9 key functions into 27, maximizing on the limited real estate.
Both remotes received Good Design awards were inducted in the the Chicago Athenaeum's Museum of Architecture and Design’s permanent collection. Both remotes received Good Design Award + Consumer Electronic Innovation Awards
The scruff is a simple product to remove scuff marks from floors.