• Yury Gitman
    Instructor: Making Wireless Plush Toys, Design Technology Department
  • Caty Bartholomew
    Instructor: Toy Concept Development and Design, Illustration Department

Taught At The Parsons New School for Design

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Octotunes is awesome! My pre-3 daughter has one that she got as a baby shower gift. Three years later, it still smells like vanilla.

I have a design observation about this toy. When my daughter was younger, the legs were hard for her to make music on. Her hands couldn't produce enough pressure to reliably make a sound. She had more success jumping on it and making random noises, but didn't find much interest in that. If you look at the ends of the legs where you really need to squeeze to make music, the ends are a little large for small hands.

She has several stuffed octopi. Her favorite has always been the Lamaze Octivity Time[1].

However, I've had a lot of fun with it. Before she could crawl or walk, I would often prop her up and play "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Maybe I should try playing with this toy again with her and see if she has more success!


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What's Happening Here

  • This blog documents the work of students in two separate Parsons classes and departments. MAKING WIRELESS PLUSH TOYS designs, sews, and solders interactive soft toys. MAKING WIRELESS PLUSH TOYS is a class in the CDT department, Communication Design Technology. TOY CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN deals with the fundamentals of ideation, development and design. TOY CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN is a class in the Illustration Department. These are two separate classes that take place in two separate departments and have two separate groups of students. The Professors decided to create one blog for the class to help promote the cross-fertilization of ideas and warm fuzzy feelings between departments.