PTI- Twinkl Christmas - Bobble Head Santa Paper Toy - Image Main
Bobble Head
Clean Minimal Style
Client : Twinkl Educational Publishing

FUT Client Image - TwinklTwinkl 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.

About Project

This model was created as part of the Twinkl Christmas 2017 range. The model features a clean and minimal style using simple shapes and long black lines with a single point of origin. The model features “hidden math” a concept created for the Enkl range, which was canceled just before work on this holiday papercraft selection began. For example, the brim of the hat, the top of the hat as well as the belt and trim of the coat all share the same width and have the origin point at the top of the cone. The distance between the belt and trim also share this width as do the cloves and sleeve trim. The result is a simple and clean looking model that is pleasing to the eye, even if the end user isn’t sure why.

Many sketches, designs and concepts that were planed to be part of the Enkl Christmas range were moved to the main range which may explain why the 2017 Christmas selection of papertoys has an even mixture of clean and minimal pieces and more traditionally Twinkl styled resources.

Designer Notes

This model is incredibly simple, it’s basically just two cones one sat upon the other so that it “bobbles” when moved. But despite of its simplicity this model and template style still captures my heart. It perfectly encapsulates what a paper toy is, something quick and easy to assemble with a fun result.

This basic template was re-used as a Guy-Fawkes bobble head as the two characters are incredibly similar visually when represented in this minimal style and because at this time I was tasked with designing at least one papertoy a day finding any way to re-use older design elements to save time was a must. 

This basic template was also used to create an elf and snowman to accompany the Santa model, I wont be making a portfolio entry for this simple elf model as it’s so similar in nature to the Santa, but here’s a look at the thumbnail used on the Twinkl site for the resource.

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