The resources on this page will help designers investigate the design process, methods, shapes, colors, and materials.
The Play Pyramid by Kudrowitz and Wallace is a resourceful tool for toy and play designers. Move around the pyramid to generate different configurations by combining characteristics of multiple play types. Read the full length article on the play pyramid and other play diagrams here.
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Naef prefers the use of wood. Research different types and qualities of wood in the two databases below.
Material ConneXion provides full-text data on materials used in architecture, interior and industrial design, fashion and apparel, and landscaping. Materials include polymers, ceramics, glass, metals, cements, and natural materials. Processing and sustainability information, physical and usage properties, and manufacturers are listed.
Material Order SEARCH is a shared online materials catalog that allows users to search the material collections of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Parsons School of Design, adn the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).