News & Interviews

Over 400 Interviews, Articles and Stories! Over 350 authors! 5 Newsletters!

Newsletters for industry, consumers, social media influencers and educators cover many aspects of play and

the interesting stories behind the playthings we love! 

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Business of Play News

Industry News - interviews, news, information about get-togethers we're hosting and more.

Importance of Play News

For consumers and anyone interested in toys and games and 

meeting the people behind the the products.

 

Legends and Legacies Profiles

There are many great stories and then there are those which are EPIC! 

ChiTAG White Papers

Interested in getting into the toy and game industry?

Our Inventor & Innovation Conferences Experts weigh in on industry topics. 

Geoff House - Inventor and Adventurer

What do you do in the industry? I’m a professional designer and inventor, I began the invention consultancy Tricky in 2003 and am based in the UK. What are you working on now? As always, loads of stuff. I work in all categories and I’m open to any ideas that come my way. Basically, I work on whatever takes my interest, I highly recommend it. Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? My University course required me to complete a placement year, so I spent 8 months bothering Hasbro into taking me on. In the end I think they gave me a job just to shut me up. I must have done okay tho’ because they employed me as an Assistant Designer when I finished my degree. I stayed with them

Marissa Louie, Designer of Animoodles

Marissa Louie is the CEO and Chief Designer of Animoodles, magnetic mix and match plushies. At Toy Fair NY 2018, she will be a panelist on the popular Successful Kickstarter Campaigns panel, happening on Sat., Feb 17, 2018 11a - 12p EST at Level 1 - Booth 5378 at Javits Center. Tell me more about your background. Since I was very young, I've wanted to make my favorite toy of all time, stuffed animals, better. So I quit my career in product design at Apple and Yahoo to pursue my childhood dream. What was your favorite toy or game as a child? I absolutely loved Beanie Babies. I had hundreds of them, and enjoyed hunting for Beanie Babies at local toy stores with my sister, brother, mom, aunts,

Alain De Rauw on PlanToys, Marbles, Smurfs and Life

(Alain De Rauw, Plan Toys, International Sales Director Europe, Asia (Ex. JP), Oceania, Middle East, Africa) What do you do in the industry? I just enjoy this wonderful industry since 1991 and love to connect people and create success for beautiful toy companies. What are you working on now? I have my consulting company and work as International sales director for PlanToys. I also have my own glass marbles company called www.hocaballs.com Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I love Smurfs and the day I discovered that the Smurf company was looking to find a partner, I applied right away. What trends do you see in toys or games that excite or worry you? I see that tradition

Rick Gurolnick - Toys, Porsches and Baby Baths

My art is very commercial. Little of the art I have created is “Art for Art’s Sake.” It all had to do with designing a product or presenting an idea or a business. I’ve been an independent designer and inventor of toys and other products for over 30 years now. I know it sounds almost ludicrous, but as a teen I was having more fun playing with and building cars and motorcycles I almost forgot to go to college. I went to a typical business school at a small Midwestern college. I would fix the Residence Assistant’s motorcycle at the dorm I lived in, so I was golden. College seemed to be an opportunity to goof off like I’d never had before! That all came crashing down around me one day while at

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

Play in Education News

For educators, librarians, homeschooling families and parents

who are interested in using play to aid learning.

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