Designers on classic toys


I’m working on another aesthetics of play post to cap off the week (the one about interaction and affordances that I promised earlier) but it’s taking a little long to get fully baked, so in the meantime, check out this amazing set of interviews with prominent designers about their favorite childhood toys.

The snippets are short and feature Michael Bierut talking about matchbox cars, Rob Walker waxing poetic about balloons, Harry Allen reminiscing about Play-Doh, Chris Hacker musing about Lincoln Logs, and many others. It’s hard not to be moved or just inspired to play when reading these evocative stories about the relationships kids have with their playthings, and how these relationships have helped them evolve into the adults they have become.

via ID magazine

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