Interviews

Legendary industry veteran Richard C. Levy on Furby, creative kryptonite and why the biggest risk is not taking a risk at all…

Richard C. Levy has over forty years in the toy industry and 200 inventions to his name. Specialising in collaborative invention, product development, and licensing, we discuss follow up, three things that kill creativity, and why nobody really knows anything…

Melbot’s Ivan Expósito on the ups and downs of running a Kickstarter campaign during the coronavirus pandemic

With a few days left of the campaign (which has raised just over €52,000 at the time of writing), we caught up with Melbot CEO Ivan Expósito to find out what it was like running a successful Kickstarter campaign in the midst of a global pandemic.

Products of Change’s Helena Mansell-Stopher on why designers play a key role in making the toy industry more eco-friendly

We caught up with Helena to learn more about the Products of Change group, and what role the toy and game design community have to play in help the industry be more eco-friendly.

Industry veteran Doug Morrison on making a noise about sound, engineering toys for Lucasfilm – and why he’ll never be a millionaire

Few people in the toy-and-game industry earn a reputation as truly “go-to” experts. So Sound founder Doug Morrison is one of them… We spoke to Doug about Star Wars, expanding services – and why he’s not a millionaire.

From gorillas to gaming: Conservation expert Richard Milburn on raising awareness, and funds, with Conservation Crisis

One year on from the launch of Conservation Crisis, we caught up with Richard to learn more about his journey in the board game space so far.

Oscar Lhermitte and Hayri Bulman on creating Cody Block; a wooden toy that helps kids get to grips with coding

As the toy hits Kickstarter, we caught up with Hayri and Oscar to learn more about the development process behind Cody Block, and why play is such a great means of helping children grasp the ins and outs of coding.

Saying no to things that glow: Director of Product Development at Fat Brain Toys, Erik Quam, on innovation, pitching tips and the key to success

As the inventor-relation guru at Fat Brain Toys, Erik Quam is known for his openness and accessibility. We ask him why he works so closely with inventors to build great ideas, relationships and products.

LEGO senior design manager Amy Corbett on how the firm’s new arts and crafts brand – LEGO DOTS – builds creative confidence in kids

We caught up with Amy to learn more about LEGO DOTS, a new arts and crafts brand spanning blind booster bags, wearable bracelets and room décor items like photo cubes, picture frames and pencil holders.

Award-winning inventor Don Ullman on what powers the process behind mega-hits Don’t Step In It, Soggy Doggy, and more

With a string of hit titles including Don’t Step In It, Soggy Doggy and Heist, Don Ullman is a prolific and award-winning inventor. We caught up with Don to ask about his creative process, collaborative efforts and overnight success…

Inventing Bananagrams: Rena Nathanson on the origins of the top-selling game, the secret of its appeal and what makes new ideas a no…

Deej Johnson – author of The Little Book of Bananagrams – catches up with the game’s co-inventor Rena Nathanson, and discover the secret of its appeal…

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