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Mod Blocks

 

MOD BLOCKS

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Role: Design Research, Sketch Ideation, Prototyping, CAD

 

        LEGO advertisement from 1981

        LEGO advertisement from 1981

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The Mod Blocks were designed alongside Musical Mancala and the Toy Camera as a series of gender-neutral toys that reference an era before toys became so strongly gendered.

The blocks connect using magnets as a modular construction toy that encourages creativity in play.  Looking at a cheetah in motion sparked the idea of capturing the dynamic form of an animal into a stationary object.  The concept centers on the double-hinging mechanism afforded by having magnetic connections that allow double-sided movement like a Jacob’s Ladder toy through the positions of the magnets as they relate to each other. 

 


Flat Pack

The concentric arcs and teardrop shape limit the complexity of the individual shapes with a specific ratio and proportions that can be arranged to create organic modular structures.  The shapes were designed for easy flatpackability and storage.

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Mod block Examples

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