Mako Design Wins the Coveted Red Dot Award for Concept Design with the ROVER Packhopper!

by | Oct 8, 2020 | Award, Company News, Featured Blog, Product Design

At our Texas product design studio, Mako Design, we are constantly striving to push forward and innovate the field of product design, and this means providing world-class, quality, and top-notch designs to our clients. Receiving numerous design awards for our work is not only an important to participate within the design community, but also celebrate and appreciate the hard work and effort our talented team takes in designing outstanding work, whilst delivering award-winning product designs to our clients. Thus, the team at Mako Design is extremely excited to share that our design work for the ROVER Packhopper has won a coveted Red Dot Award for concept design!

The ROVER Packhopper is LIVE on Red Dot’s online exhibition! Check it out, here!

Check out our award acceptance speech given by our CEO, Kevin Mako! 

About the Red Dot Award

The Red Dot Awards is an internationally based award established in 1955 by Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, the found of Red Dot. The Red Dot Award is annually given to those who strive to distinguish their business activities through design. The awards are awarded by a carefully selected panel of judges that excel and are recognized in the area of product design, communications design, and design concepts. This jury honors the award through the principles of both selection and presentation. There are three different disciples of the Red Dot Award, which are: Product Design, Communications Design, and Design Concept.

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About the ROVER Packhopper

The Rover Packhopper is a sport, fitness and recreational product invention created at our Texas product design studio, Mako Design, for our client, Eric Coffman! Made for tennis players and fans everywhere, Eric’s inspiration for the ROVER Packhopper was to create a way to make it easier to carry everything you need to practice and play a great and efficient session of tennis. The ROVER Packhopper is a backpack specially made for tennis that is able to hold up to 85 tennis balls, as well as a large pocket for racquets, numerous small pockets for accessories, and mesh pockets for water bottles. The backpack is easy to carry and can be wheeled around easily around tennis courts and other terrains. With extendable legs, the ROVER Packhopper can raise tennis balls to the exact height that you need to help feed tennis balls to help work and practice on your service. If you want to watch yourself serve and practice, the ROVER Packhopper can hold your phone through a handy compartment and film you while your practice, making it possible to monitor and watch your progress.

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The Mako Design team are big fans of taking on projects and product ideas that involve numerous functions and interesting concepts. Upon hearing about the idea for the ROVER Packhopper, the team was excited to create and see the execution for how the product will be built given all of its amazing details and multi-functional capabilities! For this project, the ROVER Packhopper was designed by the team at our Texas product design studio who worked on the mechanical concept of the ROVER Packhopper. Our director of design, Tim Uys, and our industrial designer, Paul Davis, helped create the internal and external 2D and 3D CAD files and schematics for the design, and after reviewing the design concept, material, and product execution with Eric, Mako Design immediately began to work on outsourcing the right material in order to make the first prototype for the Packhopper!

Learn more about the ROVER Packhopper in its very own spotlight blog, here!

Check out the ROVER Packhopper’s other award wins such as the Muse Award and DNA Paris Award!

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The team at our Texas product design studio, Mako Design, would like to once again extend a very large thank you to Red Dot for awarding us with such an amazing and prestigious award, and a huge thanks to our talented team members who worked on the project, our director of design, Tim Uys, and our industrial designer, Paul Davis. We couldn’t be prouder as a design company to be apart of such an amazing and prestigious award that recognizes and appreciates designers and innovators from across the world.

If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Company Team

MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.



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