design & creative consulting
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Ventrilopets

overview

overview

sit, speak. good dog.

An incredible team of 4 inter-disciplinary team mates and I created this playground toy during the University of Minnesota's Toy Product Design class, sponsored by playground manufacturing company Landscape Structures Inc.

Brief

Brief

the importance of play

Play is a crucial part of development and the maturation of language and communication skills. We wanted to create a sustainable toy that appealed to a wide age range and retained a lasting play value. Pillars of focus : creativity, cognition, fantasy, communication, touch.

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process

process

“can we go to that playground?!”

asks my 6 year old friend, Graham (…unfortunately, It doesn’t exist yet, bud). We and presented concept posters, digital mock-ups, and tested 3 rounds of physical prototypes to the most ruthless and honest critics the field had to offer. Local elementary schoolers.

process

process

roar like a lion!

Distort your voice with the Creature Screecher. Our Initial brainstorming and concept poster encouraged role playing by engaging in imaginative dialogue in the “voice” of your chosen animal.

process

process

Prototyping internal mechanisms and finding the best manufacturing practices to withstand outdoor elements (compounded by the unparalleled destruction a maniacal toddler can and will unleash).

result

Solo pupp(y?)eteers and group play verified

By engaging one of four levers on the body, facial expressions are assigned through a series of consequent facial manipulations.

Developmental benefits include recognizing these emotions and pairing them with appropriate (or goofy) imaginative dialogue.