Creative

Nominations for TOTY Awards 2021 now open

A nomination committee comprised of play experts, journalists, academics, retailers, and other toy experts will determine the official TOTY 2021 finalists.

Five ways design directors can prepare for their post-pandemic consumer

Trend Bible’s Joanna Feeley takes a look at how design directors and managers can prepare to move from crisis to recovery, and prepare for their post-pandemic consumer.

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.

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.

Identity Games’ J.M. Duparc on creative habits, hates and holy grails

Netherlands-based Identity Games designs, creates and produces award-winning board games before selling them in over 25 countries. Working at Identity since 2005, Chief Creative Jan Maurits Duparc now spends his time questing for and developing new ideas…

Illustrator Kenny Kiernan on how a cocktail of coffee and candy can kick-start creativity

We caught up with Kenny Kiernan to learn more about how he got started in the toy and games space, and what he does to fuel his creativity.

Rebellion launches new board game division in Rebellion Unplugged

The first game from the new offshoot will be Sniper Elite the Board Game, based on the studio’s bestselling tactical shooter series.

TOMY’s Alpesh Patel on why it’s key for designers to balance creativity with commercial awareness

Fresh from winning the Design Icon Award at this month’s Play Creators Awards, we caught up with Patel to learn more about his approach to design, as well as why he feels the toy space is in a fantastic place when it comes to creativity.

Si digital’s Tom O’Malley on how the digital agency has helped bring innovation to the world of digital in the toy industry

We caught up with Tom O’Mally, Si digital’s head of design, to learn more about the agency’s work in the toy sector, and why the play space has proved to be such a good fit for the company.

ToyVision’s Jonny Henton on fuelling creativity and bolstering ideas by asking ‘what if…’

We spoke with Henton about his work with ToyVision, his history in the toy space and what make up his top tips for fuelling creativity.

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