FIT's Toy Design BFA program -the first of its kind in the world- has at its heart a respect for children and for play. That's why the program has been so successful, producing graduates who shape the industry, working on some of the world's most iconic toys as well as brand-new ones that will inspire generations to come.
Judy Ellis is the founder and chair of the Toy Design program and is depicted here as a coloring-book character by Han-Yuan Yu, Illustration MFA '15, with some of FIT's alumni and current students' toys, products, and prototypes in her office. Ellis was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. Watch the video below to see the impact of the Toy Design program.
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Alice, burning with curiosity ... ran across the field after (the white rabbit), and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit hole under the hedge. In another moment, down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was going to get out again.
- Lewis Carroll
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden
A child loves his play, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
- Dr. Benjamin Spock
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
- Carl Sagan
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller
Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent, with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.
- Henri Matisse
A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him.
- Pablo Neruda
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real."
- Margery Williams
All grown ups were once children ... but only a few of them remember it.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell
One can be serious about the frivolous and frivolous about the serious.
- Susan Sontag
You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
- Satchel Paige
Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin
We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw
Play is training for the unexpected.
- Marc Bekoff
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
- Dr. Seuss
Leap and the net will appear.
- John Burroughs
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled".
"the important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing"
- Albert Einstein
We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create and dream.
- Robert Coles