“Inclusion of our games by The Acquisition Committee is an incredible honor,” says McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds CEO Donald McNeill. “The Strong is devoted to preserving for future generations the rich history and diversity of play – from well known, traditional offerings like Monopoly, Sorry, and Scrabble to “the new classics” like You’ve been Sentenced! and Twisted Fish.”
Located in Rochester, New York, The Strong displays thousands of play-related objects throughout the museum building. The exhibitions are open to the public, as well as researchers and collectors.
In addition to the collection, The Strong has five programmatic arms called “Play Partners.” These are the National Museum of Play, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, and the American Journal of Play.
Founded in 2004, McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds quickly gained attention in the toy and game industry with the release of its flagship product, the word game You’ve been Sentenced! The game has consistently been recognized by both the toy and game industry, as well as the education community, and is the recipient of numerous national awards including:
• Tillywig Award
• Creative Child Magazine, Seal of Excellence
• Dr. Toy Best Products
• Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award
• Spewgie Award, Best Family Fun Game
• iParenting Media Hot Product Award
• FAO Schwarz Toy Auditions, Winner
• National Parenting Seal of Approval
• Mr. Dad Seal of Approval
• George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia magazine, Hot Media for Educators
Following up its success with You’ve been Sentenced, McNeill Designs’ has added the memory game Twisted Fish, You’ve been Sentenced! themed add-on decks, and more to its roster of products. Most recently, the firm announced the launch of a NASA Space Terminology Deck themed add-on deck for the You’ve been Sentenced! word game.
For the new deck McNeill Designs signed a Space Act Agreement with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and produced the new deck in conjunction with NASA’s Education Department. Together, the two chose words that reflected the rich history and future of NASA and space exploration.
For more information about McNeill Designs, its products, and people, or to request a media sample, please contact Susan McNeill at 302-478-2757 or visit McNeillDesigns (dot) com.