Interviews

SoapBox Labs CEO Dr Martyn Farrows on helping toy firms and inventors create great voice-enabled toys

We caught up with Martyn to find out more about how voice tech firm SoapBox Labs can help toy companies and inventors create great voice-enabled products for kids.

Marian Bossard on her 22 years at The Toy Association, the astonishing career not taken… And what the future holds!

As The Toy Association’s Marian Bossard retires, we find out which achievements mean the most… And invite some colleagues to say goodbye.

FINH’s Filippo Yacob on harnessing creativity, making magic and teaching jellyfish to write poetry

We caught up with Filippo to learn more about FINH, the challenges of the ed-tech space and how he channels creativity.

How Happy Salmon’s Ken Gruhl creates party games and tabletop titles… And came to be working at Exploding Kittens

Happy Salmon, Dungeon of Fortune and Monster Match co-inventor, Ken Gruhl, on ideation, working with others and not loving a mind map.

Moose Toys’ Fraser Paterson on bringing Looney Tunes into toys with its Space Jam: A New Legacy range

We caught up with Fraser Paterson, Head of Design and Product Development for Licensed & Pre-School at Moose Toys, to delve into the creation process behind the line, and find out what was key in bringing Looney Tunes to life in toys.

Longtime friend to inventors, Ron Weingartner, discusses his terrific career, being creative – and developing ideas

Inventor, author and toy-and-game legend Ron Weingartner on developing, pitching and rejecting ideas.

Funko Games’ Josh Manderville and Deirdre Cross on bringing a kinetic energy to the tabletop in Fast & Furious: Highway Heist

To dive into the process behind bringing Fast & Furious into board games, we caught up with Deirdre Cross, VP at Funko Games, and Josh Manderville, Art Director at Funko Games.

Serial inventor Fi Murray discusses getting started, keeping going and Making Things

Making Things Fi Murray on where her ideas come from – and why there’s no better industry to be in as a solo women business owner.

Paper Bag Creative’s Ed Gartin on wishlists, creativity and the key to successful inventor relations

We caught up with Ed to find out more about his career in play to date, the key to successful inventor relations and his experience of launching a new business in the midst of a pandemic.

Emily Jacobs – Head of Global Licensing at The LEGO Group – on bringing the brick into fashion

Emily Jacobs, Head of Global Licensing at The LEGO Group, talks brand values, creativity and collaborations.

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