Here's a fascinating interview with The Sucklord, the NYC-based artist that cranks out modified and unlicensed action figures from his downtown studio. Whether it's Gay Empire Homotroopers, and AT-AT that looks like it's been through the South Bronx in the late '70s or a Sleestak in a business suit, the
Getting hired at Worlds of Wonder at age 27 as my first 'real' job was a dream come true. A toy company, really? As a child I devoured toys, collecting everything — soldiers, Matchbox cars, model airplanes, board games. I was truly giddy. After experiencing what it took to
K’NEX is looking for a Design Associate to join the Product Development team. The Design Associate imagines and creates product candidates for various assigned product lines. For some this is a dream job. So let’s get this straight; playing with toys all day isn’t just fun and games. It requires some serious tinkering and problem solving, especially to make the toys fun, safe, and (shhhh!) educational.
Lead design leaders, using your proven leadership skills and strategic design acumen, to translate the world’s most beloved stories and provide world-class construction toys to inspire the builders of tomorrow. Leading our licensed design agenda In this senior director role, you lead the design agenda for a range
Pulse Performance was looking to branch out from their stand-up scooter line, and wanted us to develop the perfect first off-road dirt bike for a young child. We meticulously crafted every outer component to ensure safety and visual charm, but we also had the challenge of developing a style that would be attractive to both girls and boys.included.
When Pixar's Wall-E came out in 2008, we were introduced to a robot very different than any other previously depicted in pop culture. Not the titular Wall-E, who was similar enough to Short Circuit's Number 5 to be familiar; no, we're talking about Eve, the gleaming, smooth-surface 'bot whose design
Before I dive much further into product licensing strategy, I want to describe some of the broad conclusions I've reached about protecting your creations and the value of intellectual property. To do that, I need to explain a little bit more about my background first, because the conclusions I've reached
First released in 2005, the Nerf N-Strike Maverick REV-6 has become a toy design classic. The six-round revolver fires foam darts, but former NASA engineer and current science YouTuber Mark Rober decided that wasn't enough foampower for him. Thus he created, with a little help, this rather scaled-up version that
There is still much about autism we do not understand, however, as it becomes increasingly prevalent, measures to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for those diagnosed become more and more important. Mental and social disorders, while often not as outwardly apparent as physical handicaps, can be equally debilitating,
Design grants us the power to change the world - and, for many designers, their world is their children. Every parent wants their child to be safe, happy, and healthy, and this year saw a notable effort from designers to try to ensure just that. Many honored projects were centrally
Sure, your kids want Captain America and Iron Man action figures for their birthdays. But you don't want to rot their minds with all of that Marvel Universe nonsense; wouldn't it be more fun and educational for them to play in the exciting Renaissance universe? A responsible parent would buy
While Lego fans around the world can arrange a tour to see their production facility in Denmark, recording is prohibited inside the factory. However, Lego made a rare exception for their recent Media Day, and Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec (author of The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide and the man behind
While the company Lux Blox never mentions Lego by name, their tagline of "A new century deserves a new block" makes it clear whom they're taking aim at. Invented by artist Michael Acerra and wife Heather, Lux Blox have a more organic aesthetic; the shapes seem reminiscent of something a
Created by a research team at the Harvard's Wyss Institute, Root is an educational robot specifically designed to provide an interactive way for children to learn to code. The system is as intuitive and approachable as any tablet app, providing a framework easy for teachers to understand and comfortable for young students to use. Root operates on whiteboards by driving on the vertical surface magnetically and — using dry-erase markers — draws, erases, and responds to lines drawn on the board. Th
Technology Will Save Us, the London-based tech-for-kids company, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new wearable device (a slight departure from the DIY kits they are known for). Inspired by the potentials of learning by doing (and playing!) the Mover Kit offers an intuitive way for kids to learn
Ever since my subscription to Kite Monthly lapsed, I didn't realize octopus kites were a thing. Turns out there are YouTube videos of octopus kites going back years and years, but it's one that was shot just this week that's gone viral on social media: That massive beast was launched
Seeking talented, self motivated designers to design and develop packaging for licensed products. Must have 2+ years of Packaging Design experience, a clear understanding of consumer packaging design and print expectations (bleeds, die lines, retouching, formats, resolution, mock ups, etc.) and a solid understanding of design, layout and type usage.
Ideal candidates have a bachelors of Science in Engineering (Mechanical or Manufacturing) and can perform plastic, component, and assembly specification analysis to ensure function & quality targets. Must have an understanding of injection molding and part design CAD (Solidworks) and the ability to build hand mock-ups and test concepts quickly.
Candidates must have a Bachelors in Industrial Design or Advertising and will contribute to the development of game design strategies, maximize current technologies and trends, and leverage best practices. A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in consumer packaged goods design, and previous experience developing licensed products is required.
This is a wood toy set design for preschooler kids, aiming to stretch the kids' imagination, is easy to assemble and safe to play with. The product concept also tries to explore a second life for the product to be sustainable.
As a child, I had a mild fear of the dark. Okay, I would scream hysterically whenever left in a pitch black room. I had a Peter Cottontail nightlight for most of my childhood, upgrading to a plain white one in the hallway for a few years after that, and
Candidates will be responsible for producing high quality, creative graphics on toy packaging from concept to production. Applicants should have 3-5 years of consumer goods packaging/graphic design experience and hold a BFA Degree. A working knowledge of type manipulation, photography, mechanical art production and preparing 3D packaging samples required!
The creator of Trunki, Rob Law, as quoted by the BBC in their story on the verdict, says he was "bewildered by this judgment, not just for ourselves but for the huge wave of uncertainty it brings to designers in Britain”.
With hotly anticipated entries like the virtual reality Oculus Rift headset dropping for us consumers at the end of this month, and Microsoft's Hololens augmented reality hardware available to developers around the same time, this spring makes for as clear of a starting line as we've seen in the race
Dear Reader, are you perhaps … looking to freshen up the scenario for your design history reenactment group? … a sun-loving DIYer caught in-doors, seeking to evade a persistent winter? … a creative-type in a gestational holding pattern while awaiting a Spring delivery? If you are then read
Seeking exceptional motion graphics designers with expertise in Cinema 4D and a focus on animation (can you model products in Cinema 4D, then bring it to life with animation?). Primary responsibility will be to conceptualize, design and produce top notch work (both in motion and static) from concept to completion.
Lego has got the interlocking toy brick market locked down, and in the half-century since launching their signature product, they've gone from mere toymaker to outright cultural force. We tend to think of them as the toy brick company. So I was surprised to learn that they were not the
Core77's editors spend time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite stories from the World Wide Web. Meet the Designers Behind the "Ethnically Ambiguous" Bratz DollsEnter a caption (optional)Like the rest of the world we applaud Barbie's new realistic looks, but
The Swiss type foundry Grilli Type likes to do as much as it can to bring its letterforms to life. “For us, it's always important to also create this visual world around our typefaces, to make them more than just those black-and-white shapes that we know nobody will ever care
These hard-to-believe GIFs have been ripped into a video that's making the rounds on social media: First off, the footage is real. Secondly, as is often the case these days, the creators are not being credited--while the science-themed Facebook pages that have re-uploaded the GIFs as their own videos are
Introducing WooBots– a high-quality wood robot collection designed for action-packed fun. Specially crafted to transform into different states in just a few seconds, each character is totally unique in design and the limits to creativity are endless.
When the Optimal Bow Teknika first made its way into my inbox, I was skeptical. Featuring belly-baring women and a twisted piece of metal weaponry, the promotional materials looked like something out of an apocalyptic video game (and one that's a bit objectifying of women). Nonetheless, I was intrigued. Described
WowWee is a multiple award-winning OEM leader in the Technological Toy and Gadget space. Creative designs, innovative technology and a good dose of fun have allowed WowWee to develop high tech toys and consumer electronics that entertain both kids and adults alike. With office locations spread across the globe we
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