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QUIRKY - Brainstorming Ideas

Updated on March 27, 2015

Quirky - A Design Community

Quirky is a gathering place for people who like to put in their two cents worth. If you've ever had a good idea for a product or if you enjoy contributing to innovative notions, visit Quirky and see what it's all about. You can earn money online with Quirky depending on your input, your influence of a product's outcome, etc.

At Quirky, you can participate in all phases of product development. From the beginning when an idea is first proposed, your input is encouraged to tweak and shape the product. Continuing through the stages, you can take part in product naming, creating taglines, product research. Some members are provided first samples and asked to submit feedback to Quirky.

I choose to only take part in collaborating on those items that truly interest me which keeps the whole process fun. Currently I'm working on a product suggestion of my own, but for now I spend probably 30 minutes a day at Quirky scanning the new suggestions and overlooking progress on the products I've already taken an interest in.

Several Quirky products available now are featured on this page. Amazon is just one of the retail partners to Quirky, as is Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, etc. Next time you see a product that seems innovative and fresh, pick it up and look at the tag. It's a good chance it's Quirky. :)

By the way, this photo is of me attempting to open a bottle of wine on New Years Eve. I was improvising and used my power drill and bit to extract the cork. (Not recommended.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Quirky Has a Product for Wine Lovers!

A Sampling of Quirky Products

Quirky Power Products

A few examples of products great teamwork can produce. :)

"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open."

Alexander Graham Bell

Bulletin Board Lamp Shade
Bulletin Board Lamp Shade

My Big "Invention" (from the Irie Archives) :)

Bulletin Board LampShade

haha You may have first seen this on eHow back in the day. My original article is not there any longer. (I guess they just didn't think it was as brilliant as I did.)

This lampshade was a thrift shop redo. Black spray paint, circles cut from an old cork roll and a hot glue gun. Perfect for people living in limited spaces. I should have submitted the idea to Quirky long ago because currently there is an idea for a lamp shade with cork, bands around the middle AND whiteboard. I too think it's great for dorm rooms, etc. and yep, I voted for that idea. :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Pause for a Poll

Of the following, which do you think is one of the best inventions or products? OR....add your favorite in the comment section. :)

See results

Why Didn't I Think Of That?

Kramer's Coffee Table Book Invention - It's the coffee table book about coffee tables; it's an American classic!

Kramer was a truly quirky character on the television sitcom, Seinfeld. Who could forget his appearance to promote his book on "Regis & Kathy Lee".....

Pet Rock - NO, Quirky DID NOT Produce This - But I bet they wish they had....

The Pet Rock - Classic Invention of the 1970s
The Pet Rock - Classic Invention of the 1970s

The ultimate profitable "invention" of the 1970s (well, probably the forever ultimate profitable invention). But, hey, the Billy Bob teeth were pretty cool too, huh? :) (Photo credit

More Quirky Products from Quirky

Quirky CTR-1-WHT Contour Multi-Tiered Hanger (Set of 2)
Quirky CTR-1-WHT Contour Multi-Tiered Hanger (Set of 2)

This hanger is so versatile in the type of garments it can hang halters and one shoulder garments.

Quirky GRP-1-CW1 Grip Grater Multi-Position Cheese Grater
Quirky GRP-1-CW1 Grip Grater Multi-Position Cheese Grater

The design of this grater is genius though the picture doesn't do the product justice. Read more to see how this thing works....


"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Thomas A. Edison

I Was Too Late for These Inventions - sigh :( ......

  1. Standing in Line. (Remember John Travolta claimed this honor as the angel Michael in the movie of the same name, 1996)
  2. Drive-through windows. (Clever concept which hastened the expansion of the average American waistline.) uh oh.....
  3. The saying, "I wish I had a dollar for every time I blah, blah, blah". (Seriously though, if I DID have a dollar for every time I heard this expression I doubt I'd be sitting here writing online. I'd be out on my yacht eating the freshest lobster and drinking the finest champagne.)

The Inventors Notebook

The Inventor's Notebook: from The Creator's Notebook Series
The Inventor's Notebook: from The Creator's Notebook Series

This is the type of notebook that is perfect for people like me. My thoughts are often so scattered and if I don't commit them to paper immediately, often times they are lost forever or at least until I think of them again. By then, it could be too late and someone else may have beat me to the patent office.

The style of this notebook is informal yet organized well for brainstormers including a section on inspiration. Yes!!! :)


If brainstorming and naming products and coming up with creative taglines sounds like fun for you, come join the Quirky community.

Is there a better product you've been waiting for someone to invent? - Well, don't wait for someone else...

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      I can't wait to visit Quirky.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never heard of Quirky before. I definitely have to look into it.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I love your corkboard lamp! Cute! ;)

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I've no idea why I've never heard of Quirky! I want someone to invent machines like lawn mowers and blenders that do not make so much dang NOISE! Once on a camping trip the flies drove us NUTS during dinner and I said I wanted to invent a 'fly shroud' - a dome shaped screen to put over the plate when eating outdoors to keep those pesky flies OFF the food.... dang if they don't sell them now at Bed, Bath & Beyond, other stores too.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I had a few ideas in my mind, but now can't dredge them out. Maybe they will surface later.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you for making me aware of Quirky. Sounds like my kind of place and my kind of creative people. I'm really looking forward to checking it out. Love the Kramer clip. Congrats on your feature and Purple Star. Great idea for a lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on being on the first page.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I have come up with some pretty great ideas over the years and just when I think no one else has thought of it before, I will see an infomercial with the exact idea I had. LOL

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      I do have an idea. I will visit soon.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Makes me want to write down those crazy ideas!

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Great quirky ideas.

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      jenn-barrett 5 years ago

      might have to check out the Quirky community. Sounds like great fun.

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      samsipet 5 years ago

      You have some really interesting ideas here. Great joB!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      You certainly got all the inventors out there stirred up. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Suntrader 5 years ago

      Very cool doohikies! The Booble Brush can be a little tracky to grab in the morning though.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Hahahahahaa.. I actually had a pet rock!!! hahahahahah OMG~ I want someone to invent chocolate that makes us thin! Blessed!

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      Great ideas .nice lens thank you

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      A fascinating lens, will definitely try Quirky.

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      PestControlNottingham 5 years ago

      haha great lens!

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

      Too fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Quirky community sounds fun!

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      MzLiz_dot_Biz 5 years ago

      I don't know that I'd call myself an inventor, but I do pride myself on being resourceful, and I'm definitely quirky! It sounds like I need to get over there to check it out.

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      Never heard go quirky. The name makes me smile

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Neat lens! I've never heard of quirky but i am definitely going to check it out!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      You find the most interesting and inventive places! I have never heard of Quirky and now must go check it out.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Oh, yeah...sometimes there are stormclouds that rain crazy ideas all over me, but then a funnel cloud comes and vacuums them away before I get a chance to write them down.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love this idea of people getting to share their idea and see it come to fruition (maybe)! Can't wait to see what quirky thing you invent, Pam!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Quirky sounds like fun! I will certainly visit! Thank you for the heads up!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm working on a couple of prototypes right now. It's fun and definitely keeps me busy. :)