Our Texas Product Development Firm's Design at Red Dot Museum

Our Client Product, the ROVER Packhopper on Display at the Red Dot Museum Winners Exhibit!

About the Red Dot Museum Winners Exhibit!

The Red Dot Awards celebrate their design awards in more ways than just an online exhibition! The team at Red Dot Design dedicated a whole museum in order to help exhibit and appreciate the outstanding and innovative designs made by designers and design teams worldwide. Award-winning designs are put on display all through the museum, alongside an impressive permanent collection of some of the most iconic winning designs from past years of the Red Dot award. The museum only exhibits some of the best designs that must pass through a rigorous adjudication process from a panel of design experts that present each design with the coveted Red Dot quality seal – making them worthy of their place in the Red Dot Museum. The museum is located in the heart of Singapore’s most iconic district, the Marina Bay and is currently exhibiting the Red Dot Award Design Concept 2020 Winners from October 7, 2020 – including the ROVER Packhopper designed by the team at our Texas product development firm, Mako Design!

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About the ROVER Packhopper Designed by Our Texas Product Development Firm

The Rover Packhopper is a sport, fitness and recreational product invention created at our Texas product development firm, 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 you practice, making it possible to monitor and watch your progress.

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!

The product our Texas product development firm designed on display at the Red Dot Museum

The ROVER Packhopper on display at the Red Dot Winners Museum Exhibition!

Our Red Dot Win Given to Our Texas Product Development Firm!

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 disciplines of the Red Dot Award, which are: Product Design, Communications Design, and Design Concept.

The ROVER Packhopper on display at Red Dot's Museum

This year, the team at our Texas product development firm, Mako Design, was super excited to hear that our design for the ROVER Packhopper won a coveted Red Dot Award for Design concept! As a leading product development firm dedicated to pushing forward the world of design and innovation, we feel honored to receive such a gracious and notorious design award, recognizing the hard work that our team put into bringing this product design to life. Our CEO, Kevin Mako, director of design, Tim Uys, and industrial designer, Paul Davis, all worked together to help create the ROVER Packhopper and are honored to have received such an amazing and world-renowned award that not only sends appreciation towards to their great design work but also celebrates the genius idea of the ROVER Packhopper invented by our client, Eric Coffman. Mako Design would like to send once again a big thanks to Red Dot for this amazing honor and for featuring our design in their winner’s museum!

Learn more about our Red Dot win, here!

A panoramic shot of the product our Texas product development firm designed on display

A panoramic shot of the Red Dot Museum with the ROVER Packhopper on display on the left!

If you have a new invention idea and would like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO today and visit our website to find out more. Or feel free to give us a call at +1 (888) 806-MAKO, and we can set you up on a call with our Product Strategy Team!

About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!


  1. Myles

    2020-11-28 at 8:29 pm

    How can we be sure it won’t fall into the hands of someone who will steal it?

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      2020-11-30 at 9:56 am

      Hi Myles, Thanks for your comment! At Mako Design, we make sure to use NDA’s with all of our clients and before our first product consultations in order to keep your ideas safe. You can learn more about how we use intellectual property at Mako Design here: https://www.makodesign.com/blog/2019/10/16/how-mako-design-uses-intellectual-property/ Cheers!

      • MAKO Design + Invent

        2021-01-25 at 8:06 am

        Hi Myles, that’s a great question and something we take extremely seriously. Before discussing any ideas, we sign an NDA agreement that ensures we do not share any part of your project. Once you have completed your project you completely own all intellectual property on your project. That is why we are a fee for service company as we do not take any royalties, or intellectual property at all.


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