Archived Versions

2.00B Toy Product Design

As taught in: Spring 2008

MIT Toy Lab logo: a rubik's cube.

The MIT ToyLab logo. (Image by Barry Kudrowitz.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. David Wallace

Barry Kudrowitz

Course Description

Toy Product Design is a MIT Public Service Center service learning design course offered in the Spring semester. This course, previously listed as SP.778, is an introduction to the product design process with a focus on designing for play and entertainment.

In this course, students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys. Students work closely with a local sponsor, an elementary school, and experienced mentors on a themed toy design project. Students will be introduced to the product development process, including determining customer needs; brainstorming; estimation; sketching; sketch modeling; concept development; design aesthetics; detailed design; prototyping; and written, visual, and oral communication.

At the end of the course, students present their toy products at the Playsentations to toy designers, engineers, elementary school children and the MIT community.

For more information about this course, see the 2.00B Web site.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov, and .mp4.