Papertoys are, as their name suggests, toys made of paper, which are constructed by folding, cutting and pasting pieces of paper. In the world of designers it's very much in style because you can make figures and fun shapes wrapped in bright colors. They're pretty cool company and even watch over your desktop and decorate your workspace. They can also be an excellent gift or accompany your presentations and product packaging.
These toys have their origin in the art of origami, but these are made using other tools such as stationery tape, glue, scissors and a printer, and not only through the paper folds. Therefore, sometimes are not exempt from trouble! They are very elaborate and require true skills as they become true works of art. Good thing you can do or find papertoys for any level of difficulty. It is very likely that when you were little you made a cutout of this sort.
On the Web there are many ready made and blank templates, but using all your creativity to create your own papertoy is not at all forbidden. With an image editing program you can design your own templates assisted with the complexity that you dare. Why not your own 'mini-me'?
Papertoy Show, by Phidias Gold:
Some artists exhibitions in their best creations, like this of Phidias Gold held in the gallery that LAP in Walthan, MA.
Momot is a group of Korean artists who try to expand the culture of the papertoy and present it to the public as fun for all ages. Many designers collaborate on the same basis that MOMOTS does with exclusive graphic designs creating a large collection of different toys that are later sold.
The guys at Momot have also created an iPhone application, iMOMOT, so you can create your own Momot from your smartphone or tablet and play with it.
Foldable.me: a kickstarter project
Kejia Zhu's team has dreamed this project to create a self papertoy and send a postcard to anywhere in the world. If I can send a few words, why shouldn't I send one to myself? A nice touch to remember!
Other examples & artists of Behance:
On Behance there are dozens of designers of this discipline, we'll link a few here to inspire you.
- Filippo Perin
- Tamer Koseli
- Loulou And Tummie
- Roel van Eekelen
- Daniel Machado
- Jira Jiramakorn
- Sal Azad
- Khaa PINS!
- Lobulo Design
- Paulo Pivato
- Dadik Triadi
- Steve Talkowski
- More on Behance
Resources websites & cool templates for download:
There are websites where you can customize them to your liking and enable you to have your own ready to print template, so you just have to cut and fit.
- Carnaval Action Cruisers
- CTRL + [P]aper
- Marshall Alexander
If you are interested in pursuing the subject and practice we recommend these two books by Matt Hawkins and Louis Bou.
- "Urban Paper", by Matt Hawkins
26 Designer Toys to Cut Out and Build | Price: $29.06 Buy in Amazon
- "We Are Paper Toys", by Louis Bou
Print-Cut-Fold-Glue-Fun | Price: $19.79 Buy in Amazon