One person’s trash is another person’s treasure
Making Things’ Fi Murray looks at the benefits of sharing concepts with as wide a pool of potential partners as possible.
TinkerTini debuts the TinkerList; a comprehensive online database of inventor items
The TinkerList aims to be ‘a proud representation of a functional relationship between an entire industry and the independent inventing community’.
Jazwares acquires Wicked Cool Toys
WCT will operate as a division of Jazwares and day-to-day operations will not be impacted by the acquisition.
Steve Reece looks at why professional toy and game inventors are so important for the toy industry
Despite having a bad first experience with the inventor community, Kids Brand Insight’s Steve Reece explores why inventors remain a vital part of the toy and game industry.
The magic of play
With a decline in children’s playtime reported, play futurist Yesim Kunter looks at the role designers have in ensuring the power of playfulness doesn’t waiver.
Mattel teams with National Federation of the Blind for UNO Braille
“With the launch of UNO Braille, we’re making a real impact on a community that has been underserved by providing a game that both blind and sighted people can play together,” said Ray Adler, global head of games at Mattel.
Trivia with a twist: Ceri Price and Natalie Podd on the origins of their debut game, Confident?
What does it take to make a trivia game with no turn taking, no unfair questions – and no need to be a clever clogs? We caught up with Confident designers Natalie Podd and Ceri Price to find out.
Kim Vandenbroucke on the real-life inspiration behind Hasbro’s Peeing Pup
Fresh from winning the Emerging Innovator Award at Hasbro’s annual Innovator Expo, we caught up with Vandenbroucke to learn more about her approach to design
Hasbro looks to celebrate female inventors with Ms Monopoly
“Through the introduction of Ms. Monopoly, we want to recognise and celebrate the many contributions women have made to our society and continue to make on a daily basis,” said Hasbro’s Jen Boswinkel.
Dominic Yard on why a toy designer’s best idea is to have lots of ideas
We caught up with Yard to learn more about his route into the world of toy design, what advice he’d give those starting out, and what the development process was like for his new Tech Deck Sk8 Container Pro.