Figure 1:The First Proposal of the Spinning Top.

AIM: create an adult toy


Figure 2: The Resulted Name.


The “Totem” came by combining the idea of stacking blocks and building factor as the totem pole, as well as the use of colours. We aimed in having a historical, traditional name that represents different aspects such as the spinner, the Totem Pole and the teetotum.


Figure 3: Different shapes of the Totem Pole.


“Totem poles are monuments created by First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to represent and commemorate ancestry, histories, people, or events.  Totem poles are typically created out of red cedar, a malleable wood relatively abundant in the Pacific Northwest, and would be erected to be visible within a community.

Most totem poles display beings, or crest animals, marking a family’s lineage and validating the powerful rights and privileges that the family held.  Totem poles would not necessarily tell a story so much as it would serve to document stories and histories familiar to community members or particular family or clan members. ” (The University of Columbia, 2016).

Figure 5: Teetotums.




The University of Columbia. (2016) Totem Poles [online] Available at: [Accessed 1 Jan. 2017].

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