The awards have been plentiful for Sedalia’s invention, including the bronze IDEA (Industrial Design Excellence Award) from Business Week magazine; The Hot Product award for National Home Center News; and prominent mention in Parade magazine and Design Perspective New Ventures. However, “the response has been fluctuating,” says Sedalia. Most stores would like to display a group of 4-5 products on the shelf. In response, Sedalia has been working on inventions like the Ladder Stops (lime-green suction cups that cover the tops of ladder legs); the Ladder Taxi (that would enable one to carry a ladder like a suitcase); and Hold It (a utility that would allow one to carry tools while moving up and down a ladder).
Besides being an inventor, Sedalia is also a designer and a cartoonist. Children’s lunch packs by Igloo bearing Sedalia’s illustrations are scheduled to hit the market this fall. Separately, he is working on a comic strip that jests about the life and styles of West Los Angeles.
For more on Sedalia and his versatile designs, visit www.artjar.com.