This series of dinosaur paper toys was designed for Twinkl in 2017, the set includes 10 models, including 4 smaller designs, the series was designed to scale in difficulty so children of different key stages would be able to build different dinosaurs.
The triceratops, stegosaurus and ankylosaurus were designed to be simple paper crafts, with more rounded out and simplified edges to make construction quick and easy, where as the tyrannosaurus, spinosaurus and pterodactyl were more complex and featured more advanced paper engineering. A single page including three smaller paper toys, the archaeopteryx, deinonychus and dunkleosteus bridge the gap by being simple toys, but on a smaller scale requiring more advanced hand to eye coordination.
The series was designed in a single working week, which will sound impressive to fellow paper toy designers but was a pretty standard turnaround time for the workplace I was in.
The ankylosaurus is an exceptionally simple model, consisting of just two parts over a single page.
The top and sides of the body are curved to give a more rounded shape compared to the angular Triceratops paper craft, this also makes the curve along the armoured plates on the back stand out more. The back has two lips on the side which help lock everything in place and avoid any awkward gaps that can appear when dealing with curved elements. The texture of the armour plates caries onto the sides slightly, but by this point in the project I was running low on time an d I think you can tell where I rushed the texture of this model.
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.
Twinkl is a digital educational publisher, creating digital resources for teachers to use in the classroom with children of all ages.
I worked for Twinkl as a graphic designer and paper engineer for three years creating hundreds of educational paper crafts for use in the classroom and at home. As Twinkl offers the paper crafts as part of their subscription model none of the work I designed whilst with the company are available for download on the Fold Up Toys website, but are available though Twinkl for subscribers.
01/29/2019 – Portfolio item uploaded to FUT website
17/04/2019 – Updated to 2019 template.