This week, safety watchdog W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) released their 45th annual list of nominees for the 10 Worst Toys of 2017, highlighting "potentially hazardous toys [that] should not be in the hands of children." Here's what they want parents to watch out for during this gift-buying season.
There are certain classic toy designs that simply oughtn't be messed with. Here's a case where a manufacturer did not heed this rule, perhaps realized that they screwed up after they'd already gone into production, and perhaps was very careful in how they presented their creation in photographs. The object
The robotics buzz may be endless, but it’s rare to see cutting-edge technologies come to market in a meaningful way. While startup bots_alive is driven by robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and augmented reality, the simplicity and fun of the product is what makes the biggest impression. Many robotics products try to teach children to code, but bots_alive strives to inspire them.
Core77 isn't an architecture blog by nature, but certain structures do catch our eye. So is the case with LEGO house, a 21,500+ sq ft building inspired by—you guessed it—everything LEGO. The center resides in Billund, Denmark and was was designed in partnership by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and COWI.
To non-pet-owners this may seem like a silly application, but this is actually a very clever use of materials. It's got the simplicity of a student design project but the business brilliance of a shrewd marketer. The Ripple Rug is simply two pieces of carpet, one filled with random holes
This looks like a scene from The Lego Movie—if it were rated R for violence. Animator Reto Hochstrasser armed a bunch of Lego figures with pickaxes, machine guns and explosives to give this laptop the business:
Goddard entered into a long term development partnership with American Innovative during their formation of the Tinkineer brand. The Tinkineer team presented us with a well defined concept for a new and innovative STEM education product for young, budding engineers. Building upon the provided concepts and themes, we got right to work developing CAD concepts for a number of modules. These CAD concepts were then prototyped using laser-cut Baltic birch wood.
It might be tough for me to sell you an inch-thick cross-section of Douglas Fir for $125. But if I encased it in acrylic and placed a live colony of termites in there, maybe you'd give it a second look. That's the hope of the folks behind the Termitat, a
In 2014, DIY computer company Kano released their first product, the Kano computer, after an impressive run on Kickstarter, raising $1.5 million to manufacture. The computer is, essentially, a series of basic parts needed to make a simple operating system with a guide simple and clever enough to teach kids
Dagnabbit! Once again architects have something cool for which there is no industrial design analog, inspiring jealousy. London-based architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser founded Skyline Chess, a company that produces chess sets where the pieces are iconic London buildings. Now they've just Kickstarted an NYC edition: As a
Nerf has a toy design hit in their N-Strike Elite and Elite XD, the lines of "blasters" that fire foam-tipped projectiles. And they sell so well that you could argue Nerf doesn't need to advertise them. This doesn't appear to be a commercial or sponsored content, but Corridor Digital, the
This comes as a surprise because Sony's not known as a physical toymaker. They've just announced their forthcoming product known as Toio, a deceptively simple-looking pair of small white boxes that have wheels, sensors and a small motor inside. The boxes can both sense the other's presence and can be
The Step2 Company, the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and the world’s largest rotational molder of plastics, is looking for a Senior Industrial Designer to work in the R&D Department at our Corporate Offices in Streetsboro, Ohio. The Senior Industrial Designer is
Designers are well aware that building artistic objects can be educational, and educational materials can be artistic. The recently debuted Trido magnetic blocks are an exercise in both. The blocks are designed around platonic solids, using a combination of three geometric shapes to form familiar patterns for construction with an
Does making snappy construction blocks lo-fi give them an advantage? The hecka successful Pixio Magnetic Blocks over on Kickstarter think an easier connection might make blocky creativity even better. The blocks' design hinges on cubes of ABS plastic, each face fitted with four neodymium magnets (N52), arranged to make
Are you a creative designer who has always wanted to make toys and games? Self motivated? Up to speed with Rhino, Solidworks, and the Adobe Suite? If so, Big Monster Toys has a place for you. We started making toys, games, and infant gear in the same
Principal Responsibility: Design ideas from basic concepts to fully worked out design solutions. Work independently, according to project briefing, creative vision and direction in close co-operation with Manager. Must have the ability to work with tight deadlines and demonstrate a high degree of flexibility. This
Job description KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids, is looking for a Junior Graphic Designer to join the team. The rapidly growing kids' music and entertainment brand is expanding across several key areas of business, including international, consumer products and live tours. Core Responsibilities:
Looking for talented, Junior level, highly organized, and extremely detailed oriented candidate. The Junior Industrial Design Administrator will support Director of Design/Engineering in overseeing all aspects of our unique products packaging; from Project management and organization of all R&D projects from conceptualization to commercialization; ranging from 2D Conceptualizations, 3D Toy
Job Description/Duties: Define and drive Sanrio’s overall Creative vision while maximizing Brand integrity. Establish Company’s Creative philosophy, objectives and strategy and create cohesion and synergy for the Company. Provide strong Creative direction and leadership. • Must have multifaceted creative leadership experience with Brand image,
The Original Smiley Company is looking for a Character & Background Concept Designer with the following responsibilities: Creation of characters & backgrounds for a kid-targeted TV and book concept; * Pre-school target based on an iconic 80s toy; * Bright, colourful, fun concepts. Deliverables: - 4 animals (based on existing artwork); - 2 characters (boy & girl –
People are still really excited/angry/scared/vengeful about the idea of a Labyrinth reboot. It's been 30 years since its debut and three years since the rumor/announcement of a possible follow up, but the fan emotions are still intense. Removing any element of cult obsession from the original picture (Bowie, magic, Henson
Those of you with kids, or with a foot in the toy design world, are probably familiar with Magformers. If you're not, scan through the vid below to see some examples of this modular educational building toy in action: The brilliance of the Magformers system is that the magnets always
Alex Brands is a family of brands featuring some of the best and most highly recognized names in the toy industry, including Slinky, ALEX Toys, POOF, Scientific Explorer, Ideal Toys, Backyard Safari, Brainy Bucks, Shrinky Dinks and Zoob. From classic, timeless toys and games to open-ended activities that emphasize children’s
Want to design cool product that will land on toy shelves all around the world??? This might be your chance. You have to have over 5 years experience managing complex projects end-to-end, and exposure to the manufacture of product in China. In addition, you need to have a quirky edge,
Concept Toys is an education based startup that creates customizable and programmable robotic kits for all ages and skill levels. The Department developed an identity system with multiple applications– both virtual and analog. A new custom logotype, marque, and color pallete helped to introduce the theme of "playing is learning" along with the tag line "build/code/play". Supergraphics were designed for the office, as well as a new responsive website, online store, product marketing materials, a
Skip Hop is seeking an ambitious and enthusiastic packaging designer to join our growing company. This role is perfect for someone who thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. Our packaging designer will be responsible for the development and design for all new packaging as well as updates on existing packaging
GAMAGO is adding a quick and clever freelance product developer to our creative staff. This is a freelance, project-based opportunity. What’s our deal? We’ve been designing and manufacturing awesome shit in San Francisco for the past 16 years. We’re a nimble, fast, consumer product
Fast-paced, entrepreneurial Pet Products Company is looking for a bright, self- motivated individual for a Product / Industrial Designer to assist in our Creative Department. Successful candidate will work closely with lead designers, providing support in varied graphic design projects and day-to-day product development needs. We’re looking for
Are you looking for a role where you can help define the future of play? Where you unite the digital and physical to create amazing play experiences for children? If you do, and love to combine systemic and creative thinking, we would like to hear from you.
We know plenty of designers with a soft spot for well-designed toys, which is why the latest feed from SophieHortonJones via the Core77 discussion boards struck a chord with us this week.
Product Designer Swimways Corporation, located in Virginia Beach, VA, is a leader in outdoor recreational products. Recently Swimways has joined with Spin Master to create an outdoor Global Business Unit which will be key to driving innovation and growth within the category. Our mission is making free time
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