June 25, 2008
Metafilter linked to an interesting video, in which the speaker (Roo Reynolds) posits that Lego toys are “inherently digital.” The “binary form” and “constraints” of Lego pieces force us to think creatively with some constraint, unlike an activity like painting, which you can smear over canvas without any lines or limits.
Toys that we play with when we’re children can affect our future career path, “in the same way that language is supposed to affect thought.” I’ve recently had similar thoughts – the work I do with content inventories and information design seems to follow the same basic thought pattern as assembling a gray, Mark I Iron Man out of Legos without reading any instructions.
Full talk below – beware that only about 1/30 of the talk has anything to do with the ideas above.
Bonus link to this awesome video of the secret Lego Vault with every Lego set ever made, which shows several sets I remember as a kid.