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What DON'T we know about the LEGO design process? Will we ever?
Over the years, I have seen a documentary about LEGO, seen the designer videos, and I seem to remember some videos at events where a designer such as Jamie did a talk. I remember that one photo of the LEGO design offices that was filled with not-yet-released sets such as Tower of Orthanc.
But I feel like we know so little of the actual stories behind decisions at LEGO. I would love to know why they chose one license over another, or why they decided to bring back Pirates now, or why a certain designer was given a specific set, or how the design team worked on an actual model.
Maybe this is too "insider information," and no companies (BMW, Apple, J Crew) really share such internal detail. Maybe it would be leveraged by competitors, or maybe it would make public the internal politics and staffing issues of an individual company.
I recently read the book Creativity, Inc. by Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, and he exposed so much about not just their overall process, but the ins and outs of specific decisions of many of their movies. It was so amazing to get such an inside account.
Are their resources or stories I don't know about? Is this type of thing too "inside baseball" even for the ardent LEGO fans of Brickset?
It was just something I was thinking about. I suppose it may be cool to have a list of "what we DO know about life inside LEGO."
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