SP.778 Toy Product Design

Spring 2007

MIT Toy Lab logo: a rubik's cube.
The MIT ToyLab logo. (Image by Barry Kudrowitz.)

Course Highlights

This course features student design projects and lecture notes.

Course Description

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

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 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.

Technical Requirements

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

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Barry Kudrowitz
Prof. David Wallace

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate