Ted Simon is a quirky designer who believes design and products should be fun, inspiring, and should have lasting value with the consumer.
Ted first came to DAAP in 2011 as part of the DAAPCamp summer program. At the time, the only thing he wanted was to land an internship at Hasbro and work on the Transformers team. Even then it was clear what direction he would take throughout his career at DAAP. When he was prompted with an assignment to design an iPod stand, Ted gave the stand legs to stand upon and arms to wave with. If there was an assignment or product Ted could bend into a toy, he did so, and people came to know him for it.
Once in DAAP, Ted happily found that this approach was encouraged and supported by his professors. As soon as he had built enough of a portfolio, Ted arrived at his first internship, Tomy, where he worked on designing the first wave of fully articulated Pokémon toys. Through his second term with Tomy he got the chance to work on a variety of toy lines from the aforementioned Pokémon to Sonic, The Good Dinosaur, and Zootopia. This was his first real experience working behind the scenes on brands and movies that were still in development and made Ted excited to do similar work. Fortunately he got the chance working at the toy invention firm, Bang Zoom, where he worked on the 2016 Ghostbuster's toy line as well as doing illustrations of products for Thomas the Tank Engine, Little People, Blaze, Star Wars, and many other brands. This experienced served to excite Ted's interest doing illustration work as he was able to work on a wide variety of brands and ideas. The last of Ted's internships were at a toy sculpting firm called Eleventyplex, where he got a lot of experience working with digital sculpting and manufacturing and found his way to working on a variety of toys as well as large, real world pieces such as part of a carousel. However, one of Ted's favorite experiences was his semester of creating his own resin toy monster, the Skulltupus, which he sold at a maker event to his delight.
Post-graduation, Ted is still unsure of his immediate direction. He has had a lot of success doing freelance work and is pursuing offers made to him by various major toy companies. In recent years he has found a lot of satisfaction creating concept and character art and hopes to someday run his own small company where he can manufacture his own toys.