Reilly Hayes at Fictiv writes about tearing down the Coolest Cooler; the Kickstarter product that swept the nation in the summer of 2014, raising $13 million dollars from over 62,000 backers. The Coolest Cooler was developed by Ryan Grepper, in order to bring a multi-function cooler to outdoor events everywhere.
Each cooler includes a blender, a Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger, a knife, a bottle opener, a corkscrew, a center divider that can be used as a cutting board, and a few plates. The Coolest Cooler currently retails for $399.99.
Among the takeaways: The makers of the Coolest Cooler were crunched for time when bring this product to market, which limited the amount of time they could spend streamlining their design. But this is a great lesson for designers everywhere to learn—limiting individual, complex parts and necessary assembly will make your designs…cooler.
Did you order this cooler on Kickstarter? What have been your experiences?
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