Ken Tarlow, the founder and President of Tarlow
Design, has been designing and selling innovative products since his childhood.
This early impulse would inform his education and career. In 1970, Ken Tarlow
graduated from the University of Bridgeport School of Engineering with a
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. He would go on to serve as a designer
for a number of companies, including working as the head of design and
engineering for Casablanca Fan Company, before starting Tarlow Design in 1984.
In business more than 25 years, Tarlow Design helps individuals who have great
ideas bring their products to the market. Inventors present their concept to
the firm, which then evaluates it for any flaws that might lead to
manufacturing or other difficulties. After the Tarlow team works out these
problems and makes any necessary improvements, the company offers designers
other important services. One of these functions, the patent search, involves
going through the patent archives to make sure that the design in question has
not already been claimed. Tarlow will also fabricate a working prototype,
producing an actual “proof of concept” working model of the product to present
to manufacturers or investors. In addition, Tarlow Design works with people who
have a small budget, helping them through the oftentimes cost-prohibitive and
labyrinthine world of market research and product licensing.
Over the years, Tarlow Design has assisted in the design, fabrication, and
patent process for hundreds of designs worth hundreds of millions of dollars in
retail sales. Products originally shepherded by the company include the
airplane headset, which has sold 60 million units, and the TurboWash, with 10
million products sold.