Next Friday’s CreativeMornings/Chicago speaker is Shawn “Shawnimal” Smith of Chicago-based design studio, Shawnimals. The above plushes are just a few of the plethora of characters that exist in their online shop.
Shawn founded Shawnimals with his wife and business partner Jen Brody in 2002. In the near decade since Shawnimals’ inception they have received international recognition for their unique designs and the original line of character-branded products they’ve spawned. Beginning with a handful of simple yet endearing handmade plush toys, based on designs from Smith’s own sketchbooks, Shawnimals has blossomed into a full-fledged company making significant contributions to the world of designer toys and beyond.