Toy Product Design OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Undergraduate Course by MIT on Toy Design

Published Feb 03, 2009

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'Toy Product Design' is a part of the OpenCourseWare project sponsored by MIT. This course focuses on the design of consumer entertainment products from concept to the finished product. Undergraduate students who are interested in product design or completing engineering-related degree programs, will find this course interesting and beneficial.

Toy Product Design: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No Yes Yes

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Toy Product Design: Course Description

Year after year, toys are brought to market that are not only fun to play with, but also build physical skills, promoting active lifestyles and encourage positive behaviors. The process of toy design includes conception, development of prototypes and delivery of the finished product. 'Toy Product Design' is a free MIT course that guides students through the process of crafting and developing prototypes of toys. Professors Barry Kudrowitz and David Wallace, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Mechanical Engineering, instruct students on the process of bringing new toys to market, including generating ideas, designing products, engineering prototypes and conducting market research and analysis. The course is presented over a series of lectures focusing on a variety of topics, including determining the needs of customers, brainstorming, developing concepts and sketching and modeling. The course also helps students with prototyping, design aesthetics, estimations and the written and oral communication skills necessary for success.

Materials for this course include a reading list, projects from previous semesters and a list of related resources. Specialized software is needed for viewing some files. If you would like to take advantage of this free OpenCourseWare, visit the toy design course page.