How to Become a LEGO Designer

by Clayton Browne; Updated September 26, 2017

LEGO is the trademark name of a set of colorful, mainly plastic bricks, wheels, gears, joints and other parts that you can use to construct a wide variety of models and mechanical devices. LEGO has produced literally hundreds of different set over a 70-year period, and LEGO designers develop up to a dozen new models and themes every year. Competition to become a LEGO designer is fierce, because of the good pay and benefits, and because it is a dream job for almost all who apply.

Step 1

Develop a portfolio of your design, graphic design or artwork. While most LEGO designers have at least some formal training in art and/or design (and quite a few have MFAs), a degree is not a requirement for the job.

Step 2

Join Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL) or another LEGO design website and display your LEGO designs online. Getting to be known as a creative individual LEGO designer (along with a strong portfolio) will help in getting an invitation to a LEGO designer recruitment workshop.

Step 3

Submit your portfolio to LEGO Group requesting an invitation to a LEGO designer recruitment workshop. When accepted, be well rested and at the top of your game for the workshop as there will be many talented LEGO designers competing for just a handful of positions.

Tips

  • LEGO hires several types of designers in its creative and development processes. Set designers, graphic designers, parts designers, packaging designers and design directors all play a role in the development process, and LEGO hires many of the best in these fields.

About the Author

Clayton Browne has been writing professionally since 1994. He has written and edited everything from science fiction to semiconductor patents to dissertations in linguistics, having worked for Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Steck-Vaughn and The Psychological Corp. Browne has a Master of Science in linguistic anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.