The Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) returns to the Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch, with one of our most popular topics and popular past speakers. “Mock ups and Prototypes” presentation from product designer and inventor Todd Kauranen, Core Team Industrial Designer, DISHER, and his colleague, Chad Barnes.

Why build a Mock-Up? A mock-up is a scale or full-size model of an invention, and can be a valuable tool for demonstration, design evaluation, promotion, and other purposes. A mock-up is a prototype if it provides at least some functionality and enables a degree of testing.

  •  Low-cost mock-ups invite valuable constructive criticism more readily than do prototypes that appear to have required substantial work.
  •  Simple mock-ups are usually easy to change.
  •  Mock-ups make it possible to do usability testing early in the development process.
  •  Mock-ups focus on content and functionality and turn attention away from details of graphic design.

Todd spoke to us about this topic back in 2015. You don’t want to miss this one!

Directions to the library:

From Cooper/Bus. 127:  Turn West on W. Louis Glick (before RR tracks) Go 4 lights to Blackstone turn Left South two blocks to Michigan Ave. turn left and park.

Carnegie Library

244 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201


6:00 to 6:30 – Meet & Greet

6:30 to 7:30 – Program/Speaker

7:30 to 8:30 – Intense Networking



  • Members*:  $45 Annual membership
  • Non-Members:  $5 at the door

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