In 1996, Julie Clark created a break-through product for early child development called "Baby Einstein" out of her home. She hired Dot Matrix to give it an identity and help create the characters that support the Baby Einstein brand. The results? In the years to follow, Baby Einstein was acquired by Disney; created 25 DVD titles; hundreds of new books; 43 characters; a popular toy line; and became a household name in the U.S. Plus, Baby Einstein went on to international sales success. Dot Matrix has been there with them the entire way.
Julie Aigner-Clark shoots the first Baby Einstein video in her basement in Alpharetta, Georgia and conceptualizes the Baby Einstein logo while sitting at her kitchen table. She and her husband, Bill, edit the video on their home computer. The Clarks call us to refine and enhance their sketch of the logo and to design a sleeve for this first video.
Julie and Bill release their first video simply called "Baby Einstein" on January 31. Baby Einstein secures its first retail presence and is placed in 36 stores.
"Baby Mozart" is released on February 1 and is an immediate hit. Baby Mozart is named “Video of the Year” by Parenting Magazine and the “Top Selling Video of the Year” by Specialty Retailer Magazine.
Baby Einstein expands into to self-published books with the release of new book titles "Baby Shakespeare" and "Baby Van Gogh".
Baby Einstein launches large-scale distribution with the placement of its products in mass-market retailers. Julie is named Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
The Baby Einstein company is acquired by the Walt Disney Company.
Julie Clark is featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Oprah refers to Baby Einstein as one of the hottest baby shower gifts.
Baby Einstein launches its first line of baby products.
Baby Einstein expands into new product categories with the launch of toys, party supplies, bibs and soft bath items.
Baby Einstein releases its first three videos featuring sign language. By the end of 2005, Baby Einstein has brand presence in more than 30 countries and offers products in more than 25 different languages.
The Baby Einstein company leverages the success of the Baby Einstein brand and launches into the preschool category with the debut of the "Little Einsteins" franchise and Disney Channel TV show. Dot Matrix helped with the launch of Little Einstein.
Baby Einstein is honored with an AMBY Award for the 5th consecutive year, naming the Baby Einstein DVD collection as one the top infant products parents can't live without.
Baby Einstein reaches beyond classical music with products featuring music from around the world.
Baby Einstein introduces a brand new way for babies discover the world with its New Discovery Kit Collection.