Interviews

Toy Industries of Europe’s Catherine Van Reeth on how designers can get involved in the inaugural Play for Change Awards

The new awards celebrates innovation across three categories: empowerment, sustainability and future skills.

Prolific toy inventor Louise White on where ideas come from, her creative process and the advice she’d give her younger self

Inventing toys of every kind, Louise White is the President and Head Designer of Me First! Designs. We spoke with Louise to hear where ideas come from, and what advice she’d give clients, new designers and her younger self.

Westley Ciaramella on how invention studio Catapult Concepts thrives on a blend of skills, a fast pace and sheer chutzpah

We caught up with Westley to talk creative Kryptonites, why New York inspired him and how Catapult Concepts drives creativity with ‘what if…’ ideas.

The Marketing Store’s Pamela Stathaki talks sustainability

Pamela Stathaki joined The Marketing Store (TMS) in August 2019 in the new and important role of Head of Sustainability. Her focus initially is to work with TMS’ researchers, developers, engineers and designers to find the right sustainable solution for the firm’s toys; all the while making sure the toys are safe, fun and as environmentally friendly as possible!

Games that sell: Specialist retailer Becky Ottery on what she can’t sell and doesn’t buy

What do retailers know about inventing games that sell? Darrell and Becky Ottery own and run the aptly named Eclectic Games in Reading. With a tireless work ethic, they strive to play every game they stock, and meet each customer’s need with insight.

“My ethos is to design toys that enrich, stimulate, educate and solve problems”: Valeria Miglioli on the launch of her new toy design consultancy, Pumpkin Projects

After 16 years as Fiesta Crafts’ product development manager, last year saw Valeria Miglioli leave the firm to launch her own toy design consultancy, Pumpkin Projects.

From Comic-Cons to fish markets, Fab Design’s James Yuen on finding inspiration for toys and games in all aspects of life

We caught up with Yuen to find out what drives creativity at Fab Design, and how decades at Hasbro shaped his approach to design.

Bean’s Sally Jacobs on why being a big kid at heart helps to fuel ideation

A much-loved figure in the toy and game inventor community, Sally Jacobs has launched an exciting new venture this year in the form of Bean, a brand new invention hub.

Deej Johnson and Billy Langsworthy on unearthing the secrets of creativity in their new book, The Snakes & Ladders of Creative Thinking

Writer and speaker Deej Johnson is a creative consultant with five books to his name. His latest, co-authored by Mojo Nation founder Billy Langsworthy, explains how to apply creative techniques to the invention of board games.

“I want everything we put out to feel special”: Duncan Molloy on giving Rebellion’s hit brands the board game treatment with Rebellion Unplugged

Rebellion Unplugged’s Duncan Molloy tells us why Sniper Elite was the perfect IP to kick-start things for the new outfit.

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