It's a pretty weird toy, if you think about it: An ink-filled, oversized billiards ball that predicts the future when you shake it. But as with a lot of successful product designs--and make no mistake, the Magic 8 Ball is successful, with over one million units still sold each year--it
Plenty of adults, like this architect, love Legos. But the Danish toy giant is making a bid to attract more grown-ups to their products with Lego Forma, a new line of "mechanical models [that] are cleverly designed but simple to assemble." "Sturdy rods and parts combine with customizable skins
Having become a parent relatively recently myself, I'm quickly becoming accustomed to the deluge of brightly coloured objects that are filling our once minimalist living quarters. Toys are, of course, amongst the worst offenders—many kind and well-meaning family and friends delivering new garish, throw-away plastic play-things with almost conveyor-belt levels
Brian Gulassa never lost his childlike sense of wonder and curiosity. It's a good thing too, since that same sense if wonder has allowed him to design toys for over 30 years at 50+ major companies. When he's not teaching in the Industrial Design department at California College of the Arts, Gulassa is the Chief Design Officer for ThoughtFull Toys, the company behind the award-winning line of modular cars, Modarri. Modari toy cars invite children to be apart of the design process by allowing them
Ever wondered where all the great products at Build-A-Bear come from? Want to be a part of the process? Product Designers at Build-A-Bear collaborate & create products that help spread hugs across the world while working in a friendly, fast paced environment. The Associate Product Designer will get
Community Playthings is a company that makes furniture for children, and they've got an idea that was once common sense but has now become radical: Let children play outside. Let them make mud pies and get dirty. "Dirt and water are the perfect recipe for hours of creative play," the
Have you ever not been able to find some piece of material or tool in your shop, then given up and re-purchased it? You could fix this problem by following YouTuber and Lego enthusiast BANANENBUURMAN's example. He's combined a Lego train with tracks from TrixBrix and a 360 camera, meaning
In this age of planned obsolescence, it is pretty cool that you can take a new Lego brick and it still attaches to one made over fifty years ago. Obviously their production line has been upgraded over the decades, and if you've ever wondered what the process looks like, here's
Imagine working for a company with a mission you can truly believe in, a playful and energetic culture, a talented team of coworkers, and a bright future! Melissa & Doug, the global toy company committed to making childhood a time for imagination and wonder, is looking for a Furniture Designer.
Bath toys sound harmless enough, but cut one open and you'll get a nasty surprise. Researchers at ETH Zurich's Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, in a joint study with the University of Illinois, confirmed the "biofouling phenomenon" by which bath toys become breeding grounds for bacteria and
Fast-paced, entrepreneurial Pet Products Company located in Secaucus, New Jersey is looking for a bright, self-motivated individual for a Junior Industrial Designer position to assist in our Creative Department. The successful candidate will work closely with lead designers, providing support in various graphic and design projects and day-to-day product
Toy Fair is an annual toy industry trade show held mid-February in New York City. The event is open to industry only and is the largest toy trade show in the Western hemisphere. It's the place to be if you're an up and coming studio trying to get your big
If you've been watching the Olympics in a bar with the sound off, or catching snippets on your phone, you may have been puzzled by this sight: After each event's conclusion, the three winners line up in the snow, and are very ceremoniously handed…a small stuffed animal. No medals are
The knock on kids vis-à-vis electronics these days is that they spend all of their time staring into a glass rectangle. Whether they're playing Candy Crush or Call of Duty, they're not here in the real world and engaged with physical things (XBox controllers don't count). Nintendo's forthcoming Labo
Because this tutorial started with "Squeeze 27 diapers into a frying pan," it had my attention. Now I don't have any upcoming baby showers, nor am I a toy designer, nor a parent, but I was taken by this woman's very creative use of household items. How the heck did
Planning on buying your kid a train set for the holidays? That's not very creative. We suggest you ramp things up, literally, by devising some track hacks to make that train do tricks. For inspiration check out this video from 5MadMovieMakers, who typically film Hot Wheels stunts but have digressed
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
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