How to become a LEGO designer, from a LEGO designer

A LEGO designer has given aspiring builders some astute advice on how they can land their dream job in Billund’s design department.

During a designer video for LEGO Botanical Collection 10280 Flower Bouquet, Senior LEGO Designer Anderson Grubb revealed his personal advice for LEGO fans hoping to join the company’s team of talented designers. It’s a coveted job, and with good reason – just imagine being paid to spend your days building LEGO – so you’ll hopefully find Anderson’s advice helpful.

“If you want to be a LEGO designer, I think one of the best things you can do is challenge yourself to make things you see out in the world out of LEGO, even if they’re not an interest of yours,” he said. “Just look around and say, ‘What’s a complicated thing I would never expect to see made out of LEGO?’ Or, ‘I think that might be too hard to make out of LEGO.’

“Give it a try and see if you can make something really creative and use LEGO pieces in new [and] interesting ways. That’s one of the best parts about being a designer, but also one of the hardest, is to continually challenge yourself.”

Anderson has only been working as a LEGO designer since August 2019, but he’s been building with bricks his entire life. “I have DUPLO sets from since before I can remember being alive,” he explained. “Like most people, I loved LEGO as a kid – I just didn’t stop playing with it, and I’m very lucky to have now found myself here where it’s a career.”

10280 Flower Bouquet – and the second Botanical Collection set, 10281 Bonsai Tree – will launch on January 1, 2021 for £44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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