Toys

Hands On Design’s Adriana Molina and Maria Sarmiento on creativity, collaboration and keeping track of trends

As Hands On Design celebrates its 20th anniversary, we caught up with Maria and Adriana to learn more about how they got started in the world of toy design.

What do inventors need to know about selling? Specialist retailer Clea Ewing on why opening boxes closes sales

Fun Learning is a shop that specialises in toys and games with an educational flavour. We spoke with co-owner Clea Ewing to learn what inventors, designers and marketers need to understand about retail…

GO’s Phil Neal on why he welcomes a little creative chaos in the invention process

GO’s Phil Neal tells us more about his beginnings in the industry, his approach to invention and why he’s found working with collaborators to be fruitful.

Sam Unsicker on how Big Monster Toys has remained on top of its game for over 30 years

Sam Unsicker, partner at BMT, sheds light on what it takes to be a designer with the group, and how – in such a trend-driven industry – the firm has remained on top of its game for over 30 years.

Spin Master acquires Orbeez from Maya Toys

“Our design teams are excited to ideate on how we can grow the brand and bring new creative executions to market,” said Spin Master’s Arlene Biran.

Gamely Games wins Amazon Small Business of the Year Award

“Winning this public vote and this incredible prize feels amazing,” said Hazel Reynolds, founder of Gamely Games.

Game designers to pitch concepts to DICE Toy Labs at India’s MeepleCon event

‘This will be the first event of its kind in India where a game designer can work with a company like ours to publish one of their games,” said DICE Toy Labs director Phalgun Polepalli.

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.

The Marketing Store backs Design Champions category of Mojo Nation 100

“We are delighted to support the Design Champions category again this year,” said Andrew Kingham, Managing Director, Global Product for The Marketing Store.

How Pass the Pigs brought home the bacon: David Moffat on olives, beer and 74 million swine

On one of his rare U.K. stopovers, we met with David Moffat, the inventor of Pass the Pigs, a classic that has enjoyed over 37 million sales.

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