The Client

As a passionate skater, our client Bret has beat up his fair share of “retired” skateboard decks. Despite their worn appearance, each of his old decks represented a specific time in his life and he wasn’t quite ready to let them go. Instead, Bret wanted to find a creative way to recycle them into a useful new product that he could manufacture and sell. He came up with a brilliant way to re-use and display his old skate decks— turn them into lamps!

The Challenge

Bret had a clear vision for how he wanted his skateboard lamps to look, but did not have the product engineering and development resources on his own to build a reliable prototype that he could put on display and show to potential customers. He needed a product design company that could incorporate all of the visual design elements that he had in mind into a properly engineered, UL certified product ready for manufacturing. The design challenges he wanted to solve:

  • Works with all standard skateboard decks without modification

  • Cords must be hidden

  • Easy to install at home


The Solution

Kickr Design met with Bret, learned about his project, and provided him with a Free Project Outline & Estimate that highlighted a combination of industrial design, electronics, engineering, and prototyping services to help him achieve his project goals. With a clear path forward, we designed & built a fully functional prototype that interfaces with a skate deck and delivered it to him so he could try outfitting it to his other decks. The prototype was built and delivered within his budget, in compliance with UL standards, and with a path forward for manufacturing at scale.

The Results

Bret’s new skateboard lamp prototype accepts standard light bulbs and can be mounted to any deck profile. The design consists of 2 main components: sockets that look like skate trucks on the underside of the deck and a wall-mounting fixture on the reverse side. Assembly is easy— just sandwich the deck between the socket and mount components and tighten with a bolt that’s fed through the pre-existing holes in the deck. Bret saved money by using off-the-shelf UL certified components that are hidden and embedded in the 3D printed parts to keep things looking neat and tidy. Bret is stoked with his prototype and is currently moving forward with manufacturing his product with us at scale.

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If you want to bring your product idea to life like Bret did, talk to an engineer and get a Free Project Outline & Estimate.