By Andrew R. Spriegel
December 30, 2009
Les Briggs and I met when he came to our patent law firm, Moxon & Spriegel, LLC (www.mspatentlaw.com) to look at obtaining patent protection on several of invention ideas. As I looked as Les’ various designs I was immediately impressed by his industrial design skills, his artistic abilities and his prototyping skills.
I asked Les if he was doing patent drawing, illustrations, prototypes for anyone or in his own business and he wasn’t. I suggested he start to do some of that work for inventors and companies. Les is one of the top ten industrial design engineers that I have seen. I knew that he made a good living doing high end work with his faux finishes and plastering work but I told him their are very few people with his skills and he would also do well financially working in the industrial design world. Les started aligning himself with the right people and has been doing patent drawings, artist renderings, illustrations, design work, etc., for individuals and companies and his company and portfolio are expanding rapidly in addition he is busy with his other “day job”.
Les owns Les Briggs Design (Decorative Painting & Plaster) in Jackson Township Ohio. Les is used to working on high end homes and businesses doing hand plastering, faux finishes and marble designs.
Custom Plaster Work
THE SHIFT TO DOING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN WORK, RENDITIONS, PATENT DRAWINGS AND PROTOTYPING
Les is a graduate of Art Institute of Pittsburgh (Industrial Design Technologies ’92) and has extensive knowledge in concept design and development, prototyping and the ability to add value to intellectual property. Les has been transitioning toward doing more industrial design, patent drawings and prototyping.
Here are a few examples of his design work:
When customers ask Les for concept renditions he can quickly come up with cost effective renditions to help clients and potential customers visualize a product:
Hand sander with dust vacuum:
Cross Bow Rendition:
Board Game (www.kaaajing.com) Rendition:
Artistic Work (Airbrush Design)
Les is creating a new logo for himself
Les Briggs can be reached at email@example.com and/or 330.704.5402.
Here are my suggestions for you if you are trying to “re-invent yourself” as Les Briggs has dome.
1. Focus on something that you have passion for doing, it is difficult to “switch careers” or expand you customer base. Les has passion for being creative and doing industrial design, that helps him to get through having to work “after hours” to expand his marketable skills, especially in a down economy. So focus first on what you enjoy doing and what is your passion.
2. Before you invest a lot of money in a business that you have passion for ensure that you can “sell” your products or services. Many people love to paint, sing, write, cook, etc., but others may not be willing to purchase what you are offering. Les went out and tested the waters and found that there is a real need for his work and people to pay him well for his abilities.
3. Make sure that you are willing to put in the hard work necessary to “re-invent yourself”. If you aren’t willing to spend the hours necessary to succeed you will not only disappoint yourself but also your customers.