Who knew that toy design was an actual profession? Everything in the world is designed by someone, but as a kid I never really thought of that. When I saw the introductory video before coming to FIT and found out that Toy Design was an actual program here, it was like, wow, this is the most amazing thing.
Itís fun, but I look at what I do as a responsibility in a way, because toys are such a big part of the developmental process. We take child psychology and child development classes to help understand the play patterns of different age groups. In the infant stage, toys can help develop gross motor skills all the way through to fine motor skills. As a designer, you have to keep a childlike sense of wonder, because thereís so much to learn out there. You always have two audiences: For the child, the toy has to be fun so the kid will play with it and never get bored, and for the parent, it has to have educational value.
Right now Iím working part-time for Fisher-Price here in New York. Iím designing plush toys and vehicles for the preschool market. My inner child is definitely having a lot of fun right now.