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Lego sets by particular designers

LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
edited January 2012 in Collecting
After reading in an item on the news page about "Featured Bricklists", I took a look at the list "Sets by Mark Stafford" by @Lego_nabii (ace sets by the way dude!), and it got me wondering: is there a list anywhere of which designers worked on which sets? I'd be interested to know whether my favourite sets tend to be the work of the same designer or come from a wide range of designers.

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  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    This came up on the Ambassador forums at the beginning of last year; the official response we got then was that most sets are collaborative efforts & it would be unfair to credit one contributor over another (this is what Mark has also previously posted about LEGO's reluctance to provide credit for particular sets).

    Having said that, it is fairly common for a principle designer's initials to end up somewhere on a sticker, or for their employee number to be used somewhere. Examples include -
    PN = Pierre Normandin
    TS = Torben Skov

    Another example is the #9455 "Fangpyre Mech" which has a 'NAB 11' sticker on the left arm :-)
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=9455-1

  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    Great info @bluemoose. It is also mentioned in the LEGO Mega Factory Documentary that initials of the principle designer appear on sticker usually for automobiles in the sets.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    Thanks @bluemoose, I'll keep an eye out for those little indicators :)
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 898
    Also, for those sets that are featured on lego.com with the little videos, it tends to be the lead designer on the project that presents - Jamie Berard, for example, leads the modular team.
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    ^ that's a good point about the videos on the LEGOClubTV channel on YouTube. They are always presented by a member of the design team, and they often talk about some of the other sets they've worked on. The "direct" models (i.e. the 10xxx series models) seem more often than not to be more influenced by a single designer, which is what is reflected in the LEGOClubTV videos. For themes, where there are a range of sets, at specific price points with a more consistent look-and-feel, then there tends to be more collaborative working. The are teams for major themes or groups of smaller themes (e.g. 'castle', 'city', 'technic', 'star wars', 'action themes' (covering, say, AC & PQ recently), 'direct', etc.); the designers get allocated to teams depending on workload, skills & experience, requirements, etc. Some seem to work only on specific themes, whilst others move around more, or get pulled in to help out with tricky problems as troubleshooters. Jamie seems to work mostly on 'direct', but I have heard he does a bit of trouble shooting too.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    This is all really interesting stuff, thanks guys!
    I'm just building the Lego City truck 3221, it has the number plate HA 3221, so I guess the HA stands for the designer?
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,834
    And not to mention the new VW Camper Van. The designer put his initials onto a surf board within a poster. Ingenius.

    http://thecarhobby.blogspot.com/2011/10/lego-10220-volkswagen-t1-camper-van_15.html
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Did they not do a designer video for the Joust set? I'm not finding one on the LEGOClubTV channel on YouTube.
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    The designer put his initials onto a surf board
    John-Henry Harris. Morten Graff-Wang was the other designer (with Jamie Berard) who was at GWLS/STEAM last year - seems like Morten has mostly worked on the Creator theme.
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