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The Otis Toy Design Blog has moved to a new address, which makes it easier to link when logged onto the otis.edu website.

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Currently there are 2 ways you can find this Otis Toy Design blog.

The first way is by using the url address, that most of you are familiar with – www.otistoydesign.wordpress.com

This address above can be used by anyone who is fascinated in the world of toys! There will be regular updates to the blog on items of interest and events as related to toys and Otis Toy Designers. If you want to let us know about an exciting toy event, please post a comment on the blog.

Within the Toy Design blog there is also a link, under the Links tab above, for Otis College of Art and Design. Here you can find more detailed information about Otis. That link is Otis.edu

The second way to reach the blog, that many of you may not be aware of, is through MyO. This is the Otis College of Art and Design “intranet”. To reach the Toy Design blog using this route, you must be an Otis student, faculty or staff member, with a valid x number and password. You go to the students or faculty tab, once in MyO, and select “wikis and blogs” from the drop-down menu. Once on that page, select blogs and under “Department Blogs” choose Toy Design Blog.

Otis is in the process of updating MyO and eventually there will be one easy-to- remember url address for the Toy Design Blog. Don’t despair! When that change takes place, we will make sure you are still able to find this blog!

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Son Nguyen, Class of 2007 Senior Show 

The 2007 Senior Class from Otis Toy Design Department, are breathing a little easier today. The Senior Show is over and was a success! The best news, especially for each senior, is that they have graduated and officially received their B.F.A. degrees.

Thank you to everyone (faculty and students) who so graciously volunteered and helped the Seniors get things set up on Thursday, May 11, the first night of the show.

Please take a look at additional photos, under “flickr photos”, of just a few of the Toy Design seniors and faculty, from Thursday evening.

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Miriam Morante and AIJU


The Otis Toy Design Department has had the pleasure of hosting a visitor from AIJU, a toy industry organization located in Spain. That visitor’s name is Miriam Morante.

AIJU is a Spanish institution that works for more than 400 associated companies that design and manufacture toys and the materials used in the toy industry in Spain. Miriam and AIJU requested this visit to the Otis Toy Design department in the hope of improving AIJU’s assessment of Spain’s needs for building a more professional toy industry infrastructure. More information about AIJU can be found at http://www.aiju.info/

Over the past month Miriam has visited and participated in many of the Toy Design classes, lectures and presentations. Miriam gave the students, in History of Toys, a very interesting and informative presentation about AIJU and the history of toys in Spain.

Miriam’s visit is now coming to a close at the end of this week, after Senior Show. She is looking forward to spreading the word in Spain about Otis Toy Design. A result may be that students from Spain may be encouraged to enroll at Otis. Information that she shares with toy companies in Spain may also bring opportunities for employment of our Otis Toy Design interns and graduates. We at Otis hope Miriam enjoyed her experience here and wish her a safe trip home to Spain.

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Please be sure to drop by to say good luck to the seniors as they leave Otis and to see the Otis Toy Design Senior Show. Senior Show available to view Thursday, May 10 and again Friday, May 11, both nights from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

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Academic Advising

All Toy Design students. You must meet with the Academic Advisor for Toy Design, Candace Lavin, before the end of this week. Many of you have signed up for appointments this week. Please be sure to keep the appointment.

If don’t have an appointment, see Mary Bingham or email Candace at either clavin@otis.edu or at cjlavin@mac.com.

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Seniors don’t forget to stop the Toy Design office to see either Deborah or Mary Bingham to pick up your cap and gown. There is a sign off sheet you must sign before you can be given your cap and gown.

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