December 2016 saw the release of two new pop up projects from my studio: a 12 month spiral bound movable 2017 calendar for Sophos Software and a custom Christmas card for the Vague Family in Philadelphia, PA.
Working closely with Tyler McKellar of Rifle Agency, located in the shadows of the Grand Tetons, Idaho, we created a 12 month calendar commemorating a comical day in the life of an IT professional. Tyler provided both the creative direction and comic sensibilities while I created the illustrations (loosely inspired by a previous animated project by Rifle Agency for Sophos) as well as the paper engineering. For each month there is a comical scene illustrating the trials of being an IT professional inside a corporate environment and on the flip side, a calendar, complete with a satirical commentary for the month. The calendar was so popular that Sophos immediately commissioned versions translated into Chinese and Japanese for its Asian markets.
Sample example: Pulling a tab causes the sleeping IT professional to flip upward revealing a new scene:
The second release mentioned above was an elaborate pop up Christmas card for the Vague Family commissioned by the Brownstein Group, an advertising agency based in Philadelphia. Setting the card at a favorite holiday destination of the Vague Family, the card features the Sforza Castle near Milan, Italy complete with holiday booths. There is an inset pop up of the actual Sforza family, gathered to sing Christmas carols. Produced in conjunction with Structural Graphics, 600 cards were created at the same SG facility in Mexico that produced the Pier 1 Catalog a year earlier.
Little, Brown and Company recently released the new punch-put and build papercraft book, DC Superheroes and Pets. I was honored to be selected to design the actual forms, dies and instructions, while the illustrations are by Art Baltazar.
I am pleased to announce that the Pier 1 Limited Edition Pop-Up Holiday Catalog has been selected as a winner in the 2016 Print Regional Design Annual! Winning entries will be featured in the Winter Issue, shipping December 21 and will be celebrated on the Regional Design Annual website. Visit Print Magazine, listed at 26 on the page. Also Structural Graphics produced a short video about their production of the catalog on their website.
This very special and one-of-a-kind catalog would not have been possible without the support of MBooth‘s Jamie Evans, the creative staff at Pier 1 (Nancy Binger, LouAnn Kleiman, Jennifer Engstrand, Holly Bujarski, Oscar Torres, Claire Browning, Melissa Simon, Paula Rusk, Kristin Bazan, and Nicole Miller) and my wonderful associates at Structural Graphics (Ethan Goller, Alex Bates, Karen Petrullo, Gustavo Gutierrez and all the hard working assemblers at the SG facility in Mexico).
Click the link below to see Pier 1’s Facebook page and a movie of the book! Only 3000 copies were produced so I’m very sad to say copies are not available for fans of pop-ups unless you are on Pier 1’s special mailing list.
Pier 1 Christmas Pop-Up StorybookTake a peek at our first-ever holiday pop-up catalog + see the life-size version in SoHo Dec. 2-6! #Pier1PopUp http://bit.ly/1IAh184
It’s been somewhat of a quiet year for the most part. Lots of small projects, promises of some larger ones, some that have progressed, some that have stalled or even been canceled. But today I plan to begin posting a series of announcements about a few of these. Come back soon for more!
First up: Build Your Own Minions! is being released mid-September. This is a paper craft project I designed last year with Little, Brown, and Co. Build Your Own Minions is a collection of pre-cut, pre-scored, punch-out, easy-to-build set of Minions from the summer hit, of course: Minions. Along with a story by Brandon T. Snider, author and comedy writer for Amy Schumer, here you will have over 25 minions in their evolution through time from hapless cro-minions to hapless modern side kicks as they search for Bosses to assist. Illustrations began as mine but were refined and detailed by Minion expert, Sean Millard. You will be able to populate your favorite shelf with Egyptian minions, vampire minions and even a minion riding a corgie (among many many others!)
This past year, Chuck Fischer and I collaborated on our fifth project together.
Commissioned by the White House Historical Association, this fully popped replica of the White House includes pop-up movable furniture, and even Air Force One helicopter PLUS a booklet with a fascinating, illustrated history of the White House.
One of the great pleasures of my vocation are the opportunities to visit schools across Texas, introducing new generations to the magic of paper engineering. As part of the presentation I show the students how they can begin to build skills in creating their own pops. Afterward, librarians and teachers sometimes share with me the results of this new found passion in these students. For instance, Abby McGown at Hamilton Elementary shared this pop up with me that she created following my recent visit there. Thank you, Abby! Nice job! Glad you enjoyed the visit too! (Click on photo to see it enlarged). I also plan to post images of other pop-ups created by students from time to time, so maybe you will see YOUR work posted here sometime!
Working with Milk Agency and AC Production, I was asked to create a single page pop-up for use in an advertising campaign running both print and television. The pop-up is based on a Russian folk tale about the origins of the world: in the beginning the world was borne on the backs of three benevolent whales. This campaign, for a leading bank in Moscow, was translated into an island featuring pre industrial revolution Russia being borne on the backs of the three benevolent whales. The illustrations were a collaboration between myself, Oleg Oborin and Georgy Safarov of the Milk Agency.
The project was on a tight deadline and fearing that customs would delay shipping a model that I had built, we elected instead for me to send files and step by step video instructions (42!) to AC Production in Moscow, who would then recreate the pop up for use in the photo shoot. And they did a marvelous job with a very difficult piece of engineering!
Finally got around to giving my worn out website a new look. Bear with me while I work out any bugs and if you experience any, please let me know. My hopes are that this cleaner site will be easier to read and will be a better fit for your mobile devices.
For now, that’s the news. But stay tuned… Exciting news coming soon!
My friend and colleague, Matthew Reinhardt, has added a new chapter to the pantheon of paper engineering with his new pop-up book with Insight Editions, Game of Thrones. The pops are his usual now-expected over-the-top jaw dropping splendor, but what he has added here literally opens a new way of viewing a pop-up book. Unfolding it in a certain way actually recreates the map seen in the opening credits of HBO’s Game of Thrones….with the pop-ups rising up across the map’s landscape. It is a marvel and an inspiration. But Matthew, along with Manhattan book seller Peter Glassman, in an interview with Studio360’sSruthi Pinnamaneni, also is sounding the alarm about the dire straits excellent pop-up books now find themselves. Lovers of pop-up books, you have been called to arms! Watch the trailer for the book, see the image below of the book unfolded into a map of Westeros, listen to the interview itself streamed below, and then ask yourself: Do we really want a near future where books like these will not exist? Support the art form. Buy these books and keep the art form alive….