Mike Gillispie has over 30 Years of experience--2D and 3D illustration, patent illustration, industral and graphic design, logo design, product invention as well as invention development, logo/trademark design, packaging, sell sheets, book illustration, architectural illustration, all on computer, and much more...Has a broad scope of talents: see above see above!

He is also a coach and mentor on steps needed to license products

He has sold/licensed approximately 9 of his own inventions to major manufacturers.

Located in houston, TX, however, will work with clients all around the country via the Internet.

Mike started his design career in the summer of 1986 as the first design intern at LITTLE TIKES TOY COMPANY in Hudson, Ohio. In 1988, he interned at BALLY DESIGN in Pittsburgh, Pa. Graduating in 1989 from CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, he won the prestigious IDSA Student Merit Award.

After graduation, he was hired by BMT, Breslow, Morrison, Terzian, a toy invention company in Chicago, IL, now known as BIG MONSTER TOYS. In his first eighteen months, two of his inventions were sold, a game "TORNADO REX" to PARKER BROTHERS which received a mechanical patent, and the "BATMAN SKYBLADE" to KENNER, both of which were manufactured and sold to the domestic and foreign markets.

In time, Mike moved to Houston, TX and started his own business firm, BRITE IDEAS. He has invented and sold/licensed numerous toys, as well as lawn and garden products, to HASBRO, FISHER-PRICE, STEP-2, DSI, CALIFORNIA CREATIONS AND REALAID INC, for whom he obtained a patent on a medical product.

He does illustrations for sell sheets, reports, renderings, drawings for patents, logos and graphics all on computer, as well as prototyping, product design, and invention development for manufacture in all markets.

Mike was recently interviewed by Alan Beckley in his "Inventors Helping Inventors" Podcast series. To listen to the podcast Click Here.

A few years ago, one of Mike's clients, Ginelle Mills, for whom he provided early development concept drawings, appeared on SHARK TANK with her "COOL WAZOO" and received an investment by the sharks. The "COOL WAZOO", is a 5-in-1 baby pad that functions as a heat shield for hot car seats and swings, large diaper changing surface, restaurant high chair cover, and grocery cart cover. Check out the Youtube video below to see it in action:

You can get more information and/or purchase The "COOL WAZOO" at Ginelle's website: "COOL WAZOO".

Recently, Mike produced an early development concept design/ sell sheet for another client, Nate Eaton, for a water toy invention.

Nate entered his "Water Dodger" invention in ABC's tv show: "The Toy Box" contest where aspiring entrepreneur-contestants present toy inventions to panels of both children and toy industry professionals.

After playing with dozens of toys throughout season 2 of the show, the judges voted his invention as the winner during the grand finale, and Nate won a deal with Mattel Toy Company, who produced the toy product known as the:


Scently Pressed is an example of Mike's logo and label design capabilities. This product is a pleasantly scented, non-aerosol liquid spray starch packaged in leak-proof refillable spray bottles that can easily be packed into a suitcase, overnight bag or makeup case.

Mike's latest invention development project to go to market is the MuVi Seat Holster - a smart phone accessory that attaches to most train, automobile, and airplane seatbacks and allows you watch videos, play music, and browse files easily using your iPhone, iPod Touch, Zune, Blackberry, and other similar devices, while keeping your tray and lap area clear. The finished design was done by another company

See a video of it in action


To see more samples, go to illustratorsink.com, and then scroll down to Brite Ideas to view the gallery.

Mike would be very interested in helping you with your project, please give him a call at the number below

(No text messages please).

Contact: Mike Gillespie

5315 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Suite B-273
Houston, TX 77069
Cell Phone: (832) 453-4332

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