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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Toy Design

Faculty Dave Schultze Receives Toy of the Year Nomination

The ‘Black Light Illuminator’, created by Toy Design faculty Dave Schultze, has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Toy of the Year’ honor by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) jury.

For Schultze, owner and founder of SchultzeWORKS designstudio, this is the third Toy of the Year nomination in the last four years. The Illuminator has also been awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award for 2015.

Alumnus Kris Paulson

Kris Paulson ('03) and a four-person team of young designers at Big Monster Toys in Chicago stormed the toy design world during the 2005 holiday season with their wildly popular animatronic MP3 player named 'iZ'. Time magazine listed the iZ as one of 2005's top inventions. The alien eyes of iZ echo with the music's rhythms, and its horn pulses in rainbow colors. Users can create their own rhythms and tracks by twisting and turning the alien's ears or pressing its belly to change the beat.

Alumna Meleina Mayhew

Since graduating from Otis in 2000, Melaina Mayhew (’00, Toy Design) has worked with many of the leaders in the toy industry, including Mattel, Lego, Applause, and Equity Marketing. She also worked on an array of character licenses such as Hello Kitty, Sesame Street, Scooby-Doo, Finding Nemo and other Disney properties.

Toymaker Brittney Crump's Bold Style

As a child, Brittney Crump was asked the standard question of "What do you want to be when you grow up?” She consistently replied that she wanted to be an artist.
 
Prior coming to Otis Brittney expressed her creativity in several ways - drawing comics, designing t-shirts, and sewing plush toys. She says that she had her hands in too many pots, but eventually found her focus after receiving pictures from parents of their children with her creations.
 

Toy Design Alumnus Raphael Bencosme Shines at Razor

Toy Design alumnus Raphael Bencosme graduated in 2013 and has been working at Razor USA located in Cerritos, CA as one of their key designers. While he was still a student in Toy Design he had the great opportunity to intern at Razor and made such a positive mark that directly after graduating he was offered a position as designer in their advancing New Brands group.
 

Toy Design Chair Deborah Ryan in Long Beach Press Telegram

Designers came to toys from varied careers

By Jordan England-Nelson
 
Actively seeking a career in toys is a relatively new phenomenon. Toy design schools didn’t exist a generation ago, which means most veterans of the toy industry got into the business by accident. Product and industrial design is a common background for toy designers, as is fashion, illustration and animation.
 
Here are the stories of six designers who never could have predicted they would be working in toys as adults:
 

Feature on Otis Toy Design's Unique Program

Toy design student Arthur Grygoryan wants to create Lego play sets like the ones he tinkered with as a kid.

“I originally wanted to do robotics and engineering, but then I realized I was more creative ... and not that good at math,” Grygoryan said between classes at Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester.

With hundreds of design schools in the United States, only Otis and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology offer programs tailored specifically to toys.

Apollo Crowe Designs All-in-One Clip SnapLNX

Apollo Crowe (’07 Toy Design)
SnapLNX
 
SnapLNX is the “All in one clip” made in the U.S.A. and working hard and looking good as it holds your tie, sleeves, cuffs, or cash. We have a growing line of SnapLNX designs on our website, and a cool custom feature that allows you to upload your own design.
 
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