It seemed only fitting for a paper engineer who specialises in paper toy design to do something creative with their business card. Whilst I was getting ready for a networking event at a Google Garage I wanted to solve three problems with my business card. I wanted to create an object that I could shift focus too if I was feeling anxious or self conscious, I wanted to make something that would quickly explain what a paper toy is and what function they serve and I wanted to impress potential clients and the employees of the Google Garage.
This business card design achieved all three allowing me to quickly explain what I can create for potential clients and giving me a simple conversation opener at the event.
Alex Josephine Gwynne is a graphic designer and paper engineer with over a decade of experience designing paper toys and paper crafts.
Alex has turned their obsession with paper based design into a career designing for a wide verity of clients including game developers, book publishers and educational providers. Their constant drive to create engaging paper products and international exhibition pieces has lead to numerous awards and seen their work featured in news papers, magazines and BBC television. Overall Alex believes in the power of paper as a 3D medium and lives by the mantra “limitation breeds innovation” striving to find elegant solutions to complex problems.
Since 1995, Broken Pencil has been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention. I had the pleasure of designing a zine-themed paper toy for an issue of the magazine at the end of 2018.
Click the download button above to receive a .zip folder, inside this you will find the flat template of the paper toy along with a reference photo. Selected Fold Up Toys also include blank versions of the template. Open the flat template in your image viewer/editor of choice and print.
Print the model onto paper or card, Fold Up Toys recommends a 250gsm card stock for best results, however all models on the Fold Up Toys website should work perfectly well on standard A4 printer paper. On the bottom of the flat template you will see a recommended card stock weight (e.g. 250gsm) for this models specific design.
Cut the model out along the solid outline, some models will have sections that need to be cut with a craft knife, younger builders are recommended to get help from an adult.
Follow the key on the models flat template, folding up or down along the dotted lines as instructed. Some model builders like to score along the fold lines (go over the lines in advance) with a craft knife or empty ball point pen to get a more precise fold.
Most models have numbered tabs, glue the tabs in order to complete the model. If you get stuck, feel free to message the designer using the contact page with a photo of what you’re working on and they’ll be happy to help you.
Share your creation on social media, it’s always fun to see Fold Up Toys out in the wild. Be sure to share it with the designer @Paperfolderman on Twitter and @folduptoys on Instagram. You can also e-mail a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
07/04/2019 – Portfolio item uploaded to FUT website
08/04/2019 – Updated server location.
08/04/2019 – Fixed loading issue
08/04/2019 – Altered page layout to make new 2019 standard template.