Paper to Plastic: How Technology is Transforming Doll Design

In 1925 Cooper-Hewitt added to its collection “Jenny Lind Paper Doll, and Ten Costumes Designed for her Operatic Roles” from an unknown designer and was featured in the 2005 "Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848"  exhibition. Upon discovering it in the collection,  I was immediately drawn to it because some of my favorite childhood toys were dolls.
Jenny Lind Paper Doll, paper dolls, doll design, paper, boxed paper doll sets, opera singers, playtime, costumes, llithograph, Barbie, accessories, toys, doll designer, 3D printers

Small Wonders: Puppets and Marionettes

marionettes, puppets, toys

A Penny Saved: Architecture in Cast-Iron Toy Banks

This exhibition highlights cast-iron money boxes designed and produced for children between 1860 and 1940. In addition to the 100 still and mechanical banks on display, the exhibition also features patent drawings, pattern pieces, and printing blocks. Among these miniature architectural structures are churches, railroad stations, and skyscrapers—including the Woolworth building.
toys, cast iron, Architecture, exhibitions

Toys from the Nuremburg Spielzug Museum

More than 200 toys are on display from the Spielzug Museum in Nuremberg, Germany. Nuremberg has been famous for its toys since the late Middle Ages; the exhibition features vintage dolls, doll houses, miniature shop interiors, building blocks, magic lanterns, steam engines, books, and games produced over the past five centuries.  Organized and presented by the Spielzug Museum of Nuremberg in cooperation with the Goethe House New York, Lufthansa Airlines, and Bayerische Vereinsbank.
toys, Germany, traveling exhibitions

Design 2.0

The phrase “Web 2.0” refers to the rise of social media over the past four or five years, in which users post their own content as well as shaping the way existing content is viewed through commenting, voting, rating, tagging, and other forms of interaction.
social media, user-generated content, blog, blogging, textpattern, free, software, Bill Berry, web design, participation, participatory design, Design Life Now, Exhibition, Triennial, Natalie Jeremijenko, robot, toys, kids, Processing, open-source, open source, computer, language, visual artists, Blik, removable graphics