book: urban paper

by kath_red on 05/09/2009

in Books, Features

Urban Paper: 26 Designer Toys to Cut Out and Build by Matt Hawkins. Published by How; Pap/DVD edition (April 21, 2009).

What a fantastic book – chock full of paper toy designs to cut out and make (with a DVD to print out more once the ones in the book are all used up.)

Along with the instructions and templates to make the toys in this book, there is a wonderful insight into the makers behind these ingenious folded paper toy designs. As well as the templates to make the designs featured in this book, there is also a section on how to design your own paper toys, and some background from the designers on their design process – as well as a fascinating pictorial process on the designs – from the initial drawing to the 3D mock up to making the flat design in illustrator.

With this book I discovered a new craft but also a whole slew of new designers and makers – as well as the ‘online paper toy phenomenon’ that I had only really glimpsed before. (check out moytoy, nice paper toys and custom paper toys – Matt Hawkins the authors own website has heap of freebie paper toy printable templates – rocket toy , Princess kitty, and this blank toy design are just a few.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 gwensmom September 5, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I have been looking for something to send to a 12 year old boy who is enduring an extended hospital stay and this is just the ticket! Thanks so much.


2 kath_red September 6, 2009 at 2:27 am

this book would be perfect for a 12 year old boy – great gift idea


3 Moana Kidd September 7, 2009 at 6:47 am

Just thought I’d let you know that I posted a link to this book and on my blog

Love it!


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