Average annual salary range of $42,766 – $98,990 with a median of $58,050.
Toy designers create both toys and toy packaging. A toy designer usually works for a manufacturing company that produces toys, though some may also work on a per-project basis. Some toy designers, for instance, may design and create toys to sell on their own. Others, however, may just sell their toy designs to manufacturers. If they accept the designs, these manufacturers will then mass produce the toys. Toy manufacturers also have toy designers on staff. These toy designers are responsible for regularly coming up with new toy designs for mass production.
- Create sketches and CAD designs of toys.
- Designs should be reviewed to make sure that the structures are sound and safe
- Consider cost of production, especially relating to how much consumers are willing to pay
- Determine what other companies are selling, come up with better ideas
- Consider materials and production process while creating toys as many consumers are concerned with green and fair-trade practices.
- Should make sure that prototypes have been created and thoroughly tested prior to being sent to the assembly line
- It may be necessary for the toy designer to personally work with vendors to purchase high quality materials at a lower price.
- Carry out a lot of collaboration with people, such as graphic artists and technical engineers.
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited industrial design, toy design or related degree
- 3+ years experience in product development and/or Industrial Design-related field
- Strong computer skills are needed, such as the ability to use Adobe Illustrator, CAD, Solid Works, and Microsoft Office
The following are highly desired:
- May also have to present a portfolio of ideas and past projects to showcase skills
- Extremely detail oriented, passionate designer with elevated design sensibilities
- Highly organized: Ability to deliver top quality work in a fast-paced, open team environment, while working on multiple projects in varying levels of development
- Flexibility: Able to work on projects that may change scope or parameters and still meet deadlines
- Strong communication (both written and oral)
- Excellent sketching & ideation skills, with superior visual communication and presentation abilities
- Strong research skills
- Strong model making skills: ability to quickly mock-up concepts, prototypes, from concept to finished appearance models