March 12, 2012

Toy Story

Bailey Giles, Industrial Design ’13

Co-op Employer: Little Tikes

Co-op Position: Design Intern

Hometown: Charlton, Mass.

Hitting the Shelves
As a design intern at Hudson, Ohio-based toy company, Little Tikes, Bailey Giles, BIND ’13, has been given the freedom to do whatever she feels she needs to in order to improve her design skills, whether that’s putting together sketches, consulting with designers in Hong Kong, or building product models. She has been involved in every step of the toy-making process, from concept sketches to marketing and believes the wide variety of projects she has worked on gives her a thorough understanding of what’s expected of her as a professional. Sometimes, Giles even gets to see the tangible results of her work on store shelves: one of the projects she worked on was a new line of construction toys called TikeStix, which consist of a series of interchangeable building blocks. They were recently released in Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the country.

Built From Scratch
Giles is working on several exciting projects she isn’t allowed to speak about just yet. But she can reveal that she might soon be the voice of one of Little Tikes’ new toys, and that she’s even taken on the responsibility of designing her own separate, interactive children’s toy along with another intern, under the guidance of one of Little Tikes’ designers.

All Work, All Play
Giles plans to pursue other career options with her second co-op, but she may still return to the more playful side of design. “Toys are definitely something I want to look into again,” says Giles. “Who doesn’t want to come in every day and play with toys and make kids smile?”

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