Design Blocks are a simple but fun riff on classic children's alphabet blocks. The blocks are larger than life, and unlike basic alphabet blocks, which are covered with letters and pictures, these blocks are covered with interlocking images. The blocks can be arranged so that the images form large, beautiful shapes. Organic shapes, mazes, faces, and simple repeating patterns can all be formed by arranging the blocks on the floor or building them up into walls. Children can join their shapes using blocks that smoothly connect the patterns, thereby making even larger shapes.
Design Blocks can currently be seen at The Lowry Centre in Manchester, England. I was contracted by Reich and Petch to design and create a low-cost exhibit for a children's area focusing on creativity.