CMU Design alum on CBS

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Kaeo Helder, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design’s alumnus works as an Industrial Designer for Candylab Toys. His work was featured on CBS News recently.

According to the CMU Design website, Candylab Toys is based in Brooklyn and funded by Kickstarter. It produces heirloom, handcrafted, wooden toys inspired by “the glamorous ‘60s American modernist vibe,” with the goal of delivering experiences that bring children and adults together.

In the article, he says “as a member of a small team I tackle a wide variety of roles: Product Development, Design, Engineering, Design For Manufacture, Packaging, and working closely with overseas factories for production... My day-to-day involves managing multiple work streams and deadlines to make sure that production is kept on track as well as working with our team to design and engineer new products for our ever-growing catalogue.”

Candylab Toys recently raised more than $60,000 on Kickstarter for their new line of cars inspired by the 1920s

Helder explained, “It’s inspired by the hot rods and rum runners of that era, We’re trying to include a lot of colors and details based on the cars of that era. It’s going to be really kid-friendly and fun.”