We are serious about fun! Elaine has a background in Illustration and Toy Design, while Kurt came to Toy Design through his experiences in Graphic and Logo Design. In 2004 we joined our creative powers together to form Monkey Doodle Dandy, a full service Toy Design and Inventing firm in Brooklyn, NY, and now located on the banks of the Hudson River. Working with companies large and small throughout the world, we approach every project with enthusiasm and the excitement of new opportunities around each corner.

Work Samples

  • Packaging

  • Illustrations

Work History

  • Adjunct Instructor

    • Fashion Institute of Technology
    • New York, NY
    • Feb 2011 - Present (3 years 2 months)

    - work with the Senior Toy Design students to complete their Children's Book Class projects

  • Creative Co-head Honcho

    • Monkey Doodle Dandy
    • Jun 2004 - Present (9 years 10 months)

    - founded design and illustration studio with partner, Kurt Marquart
    - freelance and consult with creative product companies around the world
    - create and license original characters, including Squaredy Cats
    - clients include Fisher Price, Spin Master, Basic Fun, The Bridge Direct, Creative Kids, Scholastic Books, Funnivation, NY Game Factory, Tara Toy, Well Made Toys, Kurt Adler, Happy Hands, Gotham Gazette, BeTuitive, Kappa Books, Snuggie Toy, Repco Asia, INI Games, Milk and Honey Shoes, Small Planet Digital, Inkology

  • Staff Designer (in-house temp)

    • Fisher Price
    • New York, NY
    • Feb 2013 - Feb 2014 (1 year)

    - designed and product managed on several brands including Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse
    - daily communication with overseas offices and factories
    - worked closely with content, packaging, media and marketing departments
    - regularly presented concepts and product updates to upper management
    - hired and directed vendors
    - attended weekly licensor meetings

  • Staff Designer (in-house temp)

    • Fisher Price
    • New York, NY
    • Oct 2005 - Aug 2006 (10 months)

    - designed and product managed on several brands including Backyardigans, Dora and Blue's Clues
    - communicated daily with HK offices and China factories
    - hired and directed vendors
    - attended weekly licensor meetings

  • Staff Designer (in-house temp)

    • Fisher Price
    • New York, NY
    • Nov 2004 - Apr 2005 (5 months)

    - designed and product managed primarily on the BBC line, Little Bo
    - communicated daily with HK offices and China factories
    - hired and directed vendors
    - attended weekly licensor meetings

  • Art Director

    • Tara Toy
    • Hauppauge, NY
    • Nov 1999 - May 2004 (4 years 6 months)

    - internal promotion from senior designer to art director
    - responsible for team of 5 full-time designers, plus freelancers and interns
    - lead on design of product and packaging
    - oversaw final look of product, packaging, art and media
    - directed, cast and styled all photo shoots
    - designed trade show booths
    - communicated with, and traveled to, Asia
    - communicated with licensors

  • Toy Designer

    • idea factory
    • New York, NY
    • May 1998 - Nov 1999 (1 year 6 months)

    - designed licensed toys and premiums, plush and plastic (incl. Spider Man, Toy Story, Meanies, etc)
    - assisted on photo shoots and design of trade show booths

Education

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

    • BFA Toy Design
    • 1996 - 1998
  • Syracuse University

    • BFA Illustration
    • 1989 - 1993

Specialties

Affiliations

Women in Toys

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