Research and DEVELOPMENT
This is where I "park" my ideas for new products and where they get developed. As the idea enters the design phase, the idea gets higher on the list. As I start to have an initial product and prototype in-hand, I start a reduced price offer for a set of prototypes. This payment helps "fund" my development AND gives an AWESOME break on a pile of new product. Generally, these items/sets go for ~50% off intended sale price. I do this to gauge interest and to get direct feedback on the pieces themselves. I only offer a few of these "Early Bird" sets because those who purchase them have direct input into the final product - which will be reflected in the pieces they receive.
The list is organized as follows:
RED: Idea parked for further development. If you notify me that this interests you, it will get elevated, depending on popularity.
YELLOW: In the queue for design work. At this point I hand sketch ideas and try to get my arms wrapped around how this piece would interact in a scenario. I also do some mild research on rules, etc.....
GREEN: Full blown design in progress. At this point I hope to have 1 to 3 different approaches to the design.....configuration changes, HEX real estate, etc.
WHITE: Designs at 75-85% and the "Early Bird" packages posted. These packages do NOT get listed with all other products, they will only be found here in the R&D lab.