We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where 15-year-olds are filing patents for 3D printer technologies, a world where virtual reality can let users explore their real-time reality in a third-person view…how do we find the next ‘big thing’? Maker Galaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making.

This week we talked with Nancy Yen and Lucas Menanix of OmieLife. OmieLife is the brand that recently launched the OmieBox ‘smart’ lunch box on Kickstarter and is currently over half way to their goal in less than 24 hours of launching.

We’ll talk with Nancy and Lucas more in-depth about their product design backgrounds, how they approached the problem space of designing a better lunchbox, what they think is the right formula for a successful crowdfunding campaign and more!

We’ll Be Discussing:

  • What are the best food trucks in San Francisco?
  • Building a successful product design team
  • Designing the OmieBox
  • The anatomy of a successful Kickstarter launch
  • “…just get the idea out there…”
  • …and more!

Be sure to head over to the OmieBox Kickstarter page to get your hands on one those nifty lunchboxes!

Also…be sure to check out Maker Galaxy over on iTunes and let us know how you like the show in the reviews!


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.