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Toy Design

Combining Art Forms to Create the Perfect Toy

"I love that every single major here is art but it’s all a different type of art. So when we come together, we all have different interests but we kind of overlap in some ways, I think that’s beautiful," says Clover Clemans (BFA Toy Design '17). "I have to say one of the biggest things that I have learned at Otis is to get inspiration from everywhere. You have to look to other places and get inspired by many other people." 

The Woman Behind the Monster (Truck)

Bright green postcards and the toothy grin of a monster truck announced the 2017 Annual Exhibition, which will open to the public this Saturday, May 13. The bright, detailed model of the featured monster truck puppet, or CryptoTruck, was the highlight of  Monique Givens' ('16 Toy Design) own display at last year's Annual Exhibition.

Charlotte Hitz: Making Joyful Experiences

Since its founding in 1972, The Group has worked to fund scholarships for deserving students of Otis College of Art and Design. The awardees met with members of The Group and presented examples of their work at The Group's Annual Scholarship Luncheon on February 16, 2017. One student from each of the seven undergraduate disciplines is chosen for the scholarship, and each week, we'll be highlighting a different awardee as we countdown to the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. 

 

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.

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.
 

Raphael Bencosme of Razor

Headlines

  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14
  • Annetta Kapon
    Otis College MFA Fine Arts Program Is As Multidisciplinary as the Work of Interim Chair Annetta Kapon
    January 7

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.
 

Brittney Crump of Toy Design

Headlines

  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14
  • Annetta Kapon
    Otis College MFA Fine Arts Program Is As Multidisciplinary as the Work of Interim Chair Annetta Kapon
    January 7