Michael Andrews started in the toy business at the age of eight, delivering dolls across Manhattan for his mother’s doll-making business and making his own toys from found objects.
He is a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and has dedicated his career to creating toys and STEAM products. He’s currently teaching mechanism and prototyping at Otis, with an emphasis on hands-on skills and rapid physical visualizations.
He’s worked at Marx Toys, Remco, various inventors and Mattel (23 yrs), where he led the Advanced Concepts team on interactive toys and robots often working closely with their Asian factories and development groups. He received Mattel’s 2006 Matty award for Best Toy of the Year, Pixar’s Cars.
As principal of Andrews Design, he created three illustrated books on The Adventures of Laszlo and Zazie, which were the hits of DesignerCon and MakerFaire. The books were presented with an eight-foot model of Laszlo and Zazie’s space ship, which carries them to the DogStar in the story.
Andrews Design also creates exciting interactive products and mechanical designs for ThinkFun, Intex, Robokind, WCT, Jakks, Jada, Pandamony and others.
Past projects with Glen Fleck Design (Eames Office team member) include an pioneering interactive exhibit at the California Museum of Science and Industry and sets and props for LA Chamber Ballet.
A fun and detailed presenter, Mike has lectured and given crits at Sci-Arc, Art Center, CSU Long Beach, Hongik University, and Kookmin University.
He holds four patents for toy mechanisms.