Dorotea Panzarella is an Italian freelance industrial designer with main experience in toy design and interests in interactive devices, learning games and special needs toys.
Born in Palermo in 1985 and raised in Cefalù, now she is based in Treviso.
She earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design at University of Palermo in 2008 and a master degree in Industrial Product design at IUAV University of Venice in 2011 with a graduation project on special need toys: "Emmo. An interactive toy for visually impaired children".
After a first freelance experience in the field of consumer electronics products, in 2013 she started working at Clementoni spa, a well-known Italian toy manufacturer company.
As a member of the R&D team, she designed and was involved in the development of numerous infant toys.
In 2015 she came back to her freelance activity, continuing to design toys for the same company.
Further collaborations began in this period.
In 2018/19 she partcipated in a research project on interactive toys design at IUAV University of Venice, in collaboration with Geomag SA (Swiss toy manufacturer company).
In July 2019 she was invited as keynote speaker to the Speechie Project Dissemination Event “Technology for Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorders (DLD): Where do we stand?” at the Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Malta; title of the keynote speech “Designing Successful Educational Toys”.
She collaborated also with AZToys (infant toys), Adventerra Games (board games about environment and sustainability).