Ask a LEGO Fan

Growing up to be a LEGO Designer

Posted in General Questions, LUGs (LEGO Users Groups) by lfanquestions on August 18, 2009

Mrs J. writes:

I am contacting you today on behalf of my 11 yr. old son.

He has an obsession with Lego’s.  There you have it!!!!!!!!!!  :o)

He is emphatic about being a Lego Designer when grows up.  He’s a pretty sharp cookie that consistently comes up with his own unique LEGO/Bionicle designs and is constantly “tweaking” his creations for hours at a time.

I would like to help him in his quest.  After perusing the LEGO site, I came across info on the Ambassador program and would like to know if this is the right area for him to experience, maybe to find a “mentor” who could guide my son on this path.

We reside in Florida & I’m curious to know if there is a local group in the area.

I’m just a mom trying to help my son pursue his current love of LEGO’s

Can you help me?

Thank you.

Dear Mrs. J.,
Most LEGO Product Designers have a degree in product design, art, architecture, or engineering.  Your son should take many art classes so that he can sketch and render concepts before they are built with bricks.  Each product line has several types of team members.  Graphic artists design printed elements such as minifigure torsos.  Others design box art and logos.  Some team members sculpt new elements like a hair piece, Bionicle claw, etc.  Others work on creating concepts and designs for a line of sets.  There are many constraints such as time to design the line, price points of elements, retail input, and feedback from children.  This job is very rewarding but it is difficult at the same time.

Almost all design of LEGO sets takes place in Billund, a small town in Denmark where LEGO was founded.  Anyone wanting this job would have to move and live there.  If it is within your budget, I would suggest taking the LEGO Inside Tour at Billund.  This would let your son meet real LEGO designers, take a factory tour, etc  http://www.lego.com/eng/info/?page=eventdetailed

Every other year or so, LEGO will post an opening for a LEGO designer on their Jobs section of LEGO.com .  Another great way to meet LEGO employees is to attend a large fan event.  Meeting designers or writing letters could possibly lead to an internship at LEGO in the future.  Most designers are in the 25-45 year old range.

Florida has a LEGO Users Group (LUG) for Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL’s):

http://www.gflug.org/

Fan groups exist all around the United States and world.  Some welcome children as long as they are accompanied by an adult.  Please contact the Greater Florida lug to see what their policy is.  They have an upcoming event, the Festival of the Masters, in Orlando.

Nationally, there are several large LEGO conventions held each year in the United States.  These include BrickFair in Washington DC, BrickCon in Seattle, Washington and BrickWorld in Chicago, Illinois.

http://www.brickcon.org/

http://www.brickfair.com/

http://www.brickworld.us/

Attending these events are a great way to meet other fans, LEGO employees (sometimes including designers), and see thousands of fan creations.  Most conventions have two days for the public to view the creations and talk to fans and a day for the adult fans to have seminars on various LEGO topics.  I would highly suggest attending the Festival of the Masters and one of the larger Conventions.

I hope you have found this information helpful.

Sincerely,

LFan

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  1. Ben - Toy Tech said, on August 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    LFan, This is a very well-considered response. For some lines, the designers actually consult with and consider our (Adult Fans) input as well, for example, the Train and Ultimate Edition series. This is a breakaway from the traditional corporate approach of considering only input from the ‘target market’ (children) and is refreshing to see, when it happens. -Ben

  2. dailyweb said, on August 22, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I’ve always been in love with LEGO, now i’m already old enough but still when I pass a LEGO store just want to go inside and see but surely i feel shy 😀

  3. lewis said, on January 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    i want to be a lego power miner designer at 8 years old contact me if i can please


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