Richard Heayes

Play Creators Awards 2020 winners revealed

A celebration of the toy and game industry’s design talent, among the big winners this year are Spin Master, Big Potato and Seven Towns, while Heayes Design’s Richard Heayes scooped the Design Icon accolade.

Watch: Game On: Hasbro, Funko and Gamely talk game design

How do you pitch a game idea to Hasbro? Where does Funko Games start when turning iconic movies into great tabletop experiences? What can an indie like Gamely Games do to stand out in a crowded market? All this, and more, is covered in this Game On! panel session.

Find the gap

Inspired by Disney Plus series The Imagineering Story, Heayes Design’s Richard Heayes looks at why sometimes the most important element of a toy or game is actually the white space in-between all the eye-catching gizmos.

Here’s an idea…

Heayes Design’s Richard Heayes shines a spotlight on the importance of ideas management, and why the old saying, “If you love something, let it go” is especially apt when it comes to ideation.

Immersion excursion

Following a trip to Disney World, Heayes Design’s Richard Heayes looks at why toy and game designers should follow the lead of theme parks in striving for immersive experiences.

“There needs to be a code of conduct”: Toy and game designers on the role retail can play in curbing copycats

We asked the toy and game design community for their thoughts on the issue of copycats (products that attempt to convince the consumer it’s a cheaper version of an existing popular product) and how retailers support them.

Twenty-eight is the new eight

Heayes Design and PlayLenz’s Richard Heayes takes a look at the booming market for adults buying toys and games, and why toy firms, and designers, should take note.

Putting time on design

Heayes Design and PlayLenz founder Richard Heayes shares his thoughts on the issue of how long it should take to develop a toy or game.

The future of play

Heayes Design and PlayLenz founder Richard Heayes shares his thoughts on what makes for a successful tech toy, and gazes into his crystal ball at what the future of this exciting sector has to offer.

The story behind Sceno

Heayes Design’s Richard Heayes talks us through the inspiration behind Sceno, his new line of themed panels that bring bricks to life.

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