Bachelor of Fine Arts, Toy Design, Otis College of Art and Design

Completed 20+ diverse 3D modeling courses in car surface modeling, CAD modeling and quick visualization modeling in Maya, Rhino, ProE and Freeform
Completed 10+ different 2D training courses in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
Completed Mattel's Leadership Development Center business courses
Completed the Landmark Forum, Advanced course, and the Self-Expression and Leadership Program


Alumni of the Toy Design program from 2001, his teaching career started over eighteen years ago at Otis, and his classes include technical courses, studio classes, department electives, and Summer of Art programs.

His career has spanned over twenty years at some of the most prominent companies, such as Mattel, Hasbro, Spin Master, JAKKS Pacific, and Razor USA. His profession as a visionary designer, engineer, corporate instructor, and college educator led him to his current role as leading one of the only toy design majors in the United States.

His professional body of work includes some of the world's most iconic brands, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, Barbie, Disney, NERF, Razor USA, and Infinity Harmen. His experience stretched through the design and manufacturing divisions of companies in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Markus' passion for education has been integrated throughout his professional time in the industry. He co-founded the Mattel Digital Training Center, which offered over 150 classes yearly. He designed and taught courses both domestically and internationally. The programs centered around the advancement in software and manufacturing workflows. It had a tremendously positive impact on Mattel and its partners, such as Fisher-Price and American Girl.

He has continued to further his personal and educational development and has completed over a hundred 2D and 3D design classes. He completed the Landmark Form, Advance Course, and Leadership Class, participated in Toastmasters and several improv classes, and helped refine his pedagogical practices.

With 12 years of teaching experience in the Toy Design, Foundation, and Extension Departments at Otis, Markus Maciel has provided the opportunity to spearhead department initiatives and new courses and placed countless graduates into rewarding careers.


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Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  


2021, IdeaZad National Toy Event, online interview, The Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults
2019, Virgin Atlantic Vera Magazine, State of Play
2018, EvanTubeHD, Google Chrome and YouTube promotional video, EVAN IS A TOY!! Evan Creates His Own Action Figure Using a 3D PRINTER! filmed at Otis College of Art and Design highlighting the Toy Design Department
2018, EvanTubeHD, Google Chrome and YouTube promotional video, How to Collaborate as a Father and Son with EvenTubeHD - Chromebook filmed at Otis College of Art and Design highlighting the Toy Design Department

Clients/Employment History:  

  • 2006-current, Adjunct Associate Professor at Otis College of Art and Design
  • 2016-2020, Assistant Chair, Toy Design Program, Otis College of Art and Design

Companies Markus has worked with:

  • Mattel, Hasbro, Spin Master, Jakks Pacific, International Toy, Razor USA, Vadazo, Hot Buttered Elves, and Made for Fun.
  • Worked with countless entrepreneurs and inventors as a design consultant, digital designer, and engineer.