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Inside LEGO's PMD

Daz_HooDaz_Hoo Member Posts: 4
edited January 2012 in Everything else LEGO
PMD: Product & Marketing Developpement.

Generally speaking, that's the name of the building in Billund were LEGO designers create the sets that end up in LEGO's line of products. Usually, LEGO doesn't permit pictures to be taken in this building, but since it was recently completely remodeled, the design team that did the work was allowed by LEGO to take some pictures to showcase their work.

You can view these picture here:

Personally, I would love to take a ride on that slide!

Thanks to my buddy Pierre Normandin, LEGO CITY designer, for the link and the heads-up.

Daz Hoo


  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    Thanks for the inside peek @daz_hoo! Picture 15 was my favorite. Didn't know there was a bust of Watto existed before. Picture 12 was an inspiration for display possibilities beyond the typical frame or box. Very nice to see how the creators work and 'live'.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    This just makes me want to work at LEGO even more. :(
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP Member Posts: 1,917
    Looks like a wonderland in there. I certainly wouldn't mind working in that environment.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    Do you need to speak Danish to work there? Seriously!?
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,916
    edited January 2012
    I think you have to speak/learn danish to live/work anywhere in Denmark as a general law of employment. I might be wrong.

    What's the star wars set next inbetween the death star and the endor scene? What a great office! I think Google offices come with slides as well. Perhaps I should suggest it at my work.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    yes google have slides.
  • Blue1dotBlue1dot Member Posts: 78
    Great to have an inside look, and I'd imagine everything was made to look perfect for the photographs, but it seems a little sterile to me.
  • JenniJenni Member Posts: 1,390
    I don't know that he ever applied but my husband was looking at an engineering job in the Billund office. The only language requirement was English. May be different for designers.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    awesome. if anyone has contacts in marketing or snr levels there, pm me, i fancy a change. serioisly.
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    In Billund, or generally in Lego ... Like in their offices in Slough?
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Member Posts: 1,011
    The sad part about looking at these pictures is that I realize where my money goes. Maybe I need to spend more of my money making my house look like this and less on lego.......Naaaahhhhh :)
  • MultiversalMultiversal Member Posts: 29

    It's the perfect MOCing area. I really don't want to die before I've had the chance to work there for a while.
  • caperberrycaperberry Member Posts: 2,226
    I notice they blurred a few models in pic 5 :oD One looks like Fangpyre Mech
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP Member Posts: 1,917
    edited April 2012
    The guy in pic 11 & 15 looks the Mike Fuller, the one from the UCS R2-D2 Designer video. Same hat, same shirt and same beard.
  • mnbvcmnbvc Member Posts: 143
    I think you have to speak/learn danish to live/work anywhere in Denmark as a general law of employment. I might be wrong.
    I don't think that's technically allowed as them being in the EU (freedom of movement etc) - but I had a friend who went over to Denmark and he couldn't get work at all. He applied for a job as a postman and he had a big argument with them over the fact that he reckoned although he couldn't read the language on the envelopes, he could match them up with the right street! :D

    He came back very despondent (there's a high EU migrant community in our town) and felt that it was one rule for some nationalities and one rule for another. :( So it wouldn't surprise me if what you've said is an unwritten rule...

    Fantastic photos - I'd love a go on that slide too!
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    The danish immigration laws has become tougher the last couple of years, but I'd say that if you're english, that's not a problem. Like it or not, english immigrants would generally be considered a more high status group than, as an example, somali or algerian immigrants.

    If you would want to work for Lego in Denmark, I think it would be technically possible to do so without speaking danish. But in reality you would have to learn the language to be able to function 100% at work.

    Even though swedish and danish are closely related (I understand danes, and the would understand me), I think it's a really hard language to learn. Men man ska aldrig ge upp på förhand. Det är många som har försökt och lyckats!
  • Daz_HooDaz_Hoo Member Posts: 4
    Pierre Normandin, the guy who sent me this link, told us that LEGO designers usually work in English, as many of them are not Danish.

    However, the minute you step outside of Billund (a very small town with not very much to do), you do have to speak a little Danish as almost no one speak English.

    So speaking Danish is not a work requirement, but it is necessary to learn to language in order to function outside of Billund.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel Member Posts: 1,313
    Although I will likely never get to work for Lego, I still want a workspace that looks like that!
  • DevastatorDevastator Member Posts: 66
    That's awesome. It looks like they stuffed Lego models into every nook and cranny of an Ikea store.
  • legogallegogal Member Posts: 754
    Or we can just turn our homes into LEGO playrooms resembling their office and forget work altogether! I go for Plan B because they never even acknowledged by application for an international marketing position back in 1992!
  • jasorjasor Member Posts: 839

    I notice they blurred a few models in pic 5 :oD One looks like Fangpyre Mech

    That could also be a center focus/ depth of field touch up on the photo. It look in general like a quick snappy. There are all kinds of things out of focus there.
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