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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