Style, flair and scented hair: Nir Doron and Gilad Podgor on designing Spin Master’s Candylocks dolls

We caught up with Doron and Podgor to learn more about the development process behind Candylocks, and find out what made Spin Master the perfect partner for the idea.

Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance on how Bridge, music and simplicity aided the design of Decrypto

4, 3, 1… If you’ve never felt tense saying that sequence of numbers, there’s a good chance you’ve not yet played Decrypto. We caught up with its inventor, Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance, to find out if he’s on our wavelength.

Asmodee is the UK’s top seller of family games this year, reveals NPD data

Firm’s successful year has been driven by the success of Dobble and the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG).

Design Museum to host ‘Designing for Society’ session for students

The session will explore how designers are creating new ways to benefit society and involve more people in the process of design

Mojo Nation bolsters team as Deej Johnson joins as ‘Word Whizz’

Deej will be handling content for the Mojo Nation site, covering news, opinion pieces and interviews with figures from across the world of toy and game design.

Design stars of the future create new toys and games at Mojo Nation’s Student Design Challenge

“The aim of this event is always to encourage new designers to think about toy and game design as a future career, and it was great to see so many students enthusiastically getting stuck into the challenge and expressing excitement about our industry,” said Mojo Nation’s Billy Langsworthy.

Aardman’s Cracking Ideas competition tasks young inventors to design something to ‘make life better’

“We can’t wait for young people all over the UK to get creative, designing their out-of-this-world inventions,” said Merlin Crossingham, creative director for Aardman.

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure

Making Things’ Fi Murray looks at the benefits of sharing concepts with as wide a pool of potential partners as possible.

TinkerTini debuts the TinkerList; a comprehensive online database of inventor items

The TinkerList aims to be ‘a proud representation of a functional relationship between an entire industry and the independent inventing community’.

Carterbench’s Suzanne Robinson and Jim Keenan on the ‘Eureka!’ moment that led to UNO Flip

UNO Flip boasts double-sided cards that introduce a literal ‘dark side’ to UNO, with new action cards and tougher penalties.

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