Interviews

Jazwares’ Michael Rinzler on building the Yankees of inventor relations

Michael Rinzler – Executive VP and Partner at Jazwares – talks us through building the Yankees of Inventor Relations and why inventors are vital to the firm’s plans moving forward.

Bubblegum Stuff’s Courtney Wood talks gifts, games and trend-spotting

We caught up with Courtney to learn more about the origins of the company and find out about why its new range of games marks something of an evolution for the firm.

Creative technologist Jude Pullen on LEGO, lockdown and why consistent creative success needs grit

We caught up with Jude to delve into his approach to design, where he finds inspiration and what his time at LEGO taught him about working in the play space.

Mojo 100 Rising Star Sam Roberts on working for So Sound and playing with toys

So Sound’s Toy and Game Designer Sam Roberts talks cats, coffee and coming up with ideas.

Fisher-Price’s Nikki Bauman on understanding inventors – and overthinking ideas

Nikki Bauman discusses Fisher-Price’s process, inventor relations, and killing creativity.

Golden Bear Co-founder Christine Nicholls talks toys, values and staying curious

Christine Nicholls of Golden Bear on family values, being bold and moving forward.

Semi Co-op’s Rachel Kremer and Heinze Havinga on celebrating great game design through comics

We caught up with Rachel and Heinze to learn more about the origins of Semi Co-op, and why comics is a perfect vehicle for celebrating great game design.

Nick Prueher on how a cocktail of bad dates and retro slumber party games inspired his new dating board game, Dream Crush

We caught up with Nick to find out more about how he came up with Dream Crush, and why watching obscure VHS tapes helps to fuel his creativity.

LEGO NINJAGO Design Manager Michael Svane Knap on inspiration… And what’s next for the brand

Michael Svane Knap Design Manager, LEGO NINJAGO, on toys, inspiration and bridging media…

Jazwares’ Naomi Brugnatelli on why there’s never been a better time to be an inventor

We caught up with Naomi to find out more about how she got her start in the world of toy and games, her new role at Jazwares and why she feels there’s never been a better time to be an inventor.

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