Hi, it's Greg. I oversee product development at ECC, which means I figure out which stories to tell and how to tell them. Ideas come from anywhere: current events, TV shows and movies, anniversaries of important events, tangential passages from books, and so on. This is very much a group effort. David often has brilliant ideas. So does Robin. Karl, our resident ancient coin specialist, has come up with some awesome proposals—usually with a Gothic/horror twist.
Here are my five favorite products we've developed during my 8+ years at Educational:
This was Karl's idea, and it birthed a series of similarly-themed albums. It's a coin that circulated in Whitechapel, the London neighborhood where Jack the Ripper did his thing. In London today, there is a cottage industry around these unsolved murders. Why not dedicate a low-cost album to the unknown killer?
Ivan IV was the first tsar of Russia; before him, there were Grand Dukes of Moscow. So this is a comprehensive set, and the coins themselves have a diverse look. But you can't have a box like this without Catherine the Great, and the Catherine the Great coins we have are the oversized 5 kopeks, too big to fit in a standard capsule. This design solves the problem!
This one is a bit high-concept: coins that circulated during the period when various saints were being saintly. But I love the fold-out poster design, and saints, at least to me, are inherently interesting.
I don't like having this particular coin in a slab. It's so big and weighty...I have one on my desk, and it's fun to pick it up and hold it in your hand. My wife came up with the idea to put it in in an engagement-ring-style box. A perfect marriage of form and function!
One of my earliest, and still my all-time favorite. There is something about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that continue to fascinate me—even if most of them could be surpassed by a stroll around Manhattan. This is the only one of the seven that has never been found.