Update: Saturday was an unqualified success. The interactive exhibit designed by the team at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a joy. Rather than just displaying pop up books under glass (as is the usual method of pop-up book exhibitions), they have created a truly hands-on experience for children of all ages. Display cases have rods that allow paper mechanisms to move back and forth to show exactly how these works. Above are paper instructions that you can cut out and form yourself. Another section has a tunnel that allow paper airplanes of various forms to take flight. The planes then fall back out on the floor for retrieval. Origami displays, die cutting, so many educational stations. My workshops were a lot of fun for the lucky dozen in each. I’m not sure who had more fun: the children, their parents, or ME! I look forward to returning so that I can have more time to discover all the features of this outstanding display.
By the way, you can download a copy of the pop up I taught at the workshop, along with step by step visual instructions here:
I am pleased to announce that I will be a featured guest at the grand opening of the new Paper Engineering exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Houston May 12. While there I will be available to sign copies of Love You Forever alongside Sheila McGraw, the illustrator of the best selling book. Additionally I will lead four workshops, first come first served, to learn a little about paper engineering and build a special pop-up for the event.
I do hope you and your parents can make it to the event, but in case you can’t, you can download the pop up from the workshops, and follow along with photo instructions here.
IN 2017, I worked with Lehr & Black, a distinguished event planning service in Los Angeles, to design a pop-up inside a box. With the theme of Great Gatsby, we created this pop-up that displays when the foil stamped box is opened. A great touch that the creatives at Lehr&Black added was a copper toned mirror inscribed with details of the invitation.
Very excited to share that the book I created with Buzz Aldrin, Marianne J Dyson and the incredible staff at National Geographic Kids is off to the press! The book even comes with a papercraft Lunar Lander Module that you can punch out and construct for display. This book tells the story of Buzz Aldrin’s journey preparing for, touching down and returning to Earth just in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing back in 1969. We hope that this book will bring that journey to life for those who weren’t there for the event and spark more interest in the future of space exploration and manned spaceflight.
Earlier this year I was contacted by DeNovo Alternate Marketing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to design three pop-ups that would eventually be included in a special printing of gift books memorializing the development of the incredible new children’s hospital. This series of pops were titled From Dream to Reality, chronicling the development, construction and opening of The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Working closely with DeNovo’s Chris Moore, CedarGraphic’s Chris LaBarr, and with illustrations by Steve Penberthy I created a pop of a drafting table, the building under construction, and the finished hospital. Each copy of the 106 books were personalized to a particular person or persons. As part of this effort, I agreed to also hand assemble each pop from die cut pieces supplied by Cedar Graphics and eventually to insert them into the finished books. The assembly for each book took a full hour once the minutes were tabulated. So that meant 106+ total hours. However, the process of producing these books required many many revisions and coordination. In the end, it was necessary to condense all that assembly time into a two week period, requiring an around the clock effort to make the looming deadline. Here are a few photos of the process.
Firefly Books, in an ad wrapping the May 1 issue of Publishers Weekly, has announced the upcoming September release of the perennially best selling, Love You Forever, the Pop-Up Edition. Originally published in 1995, the beloved story by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw, is now reimagined as a three dimensional, interactive pop up book by Bruce Foster. Adapting Sheila’s original illustrations to work as pop ups and movable, pull tab pop ups, Bruce has added a poignant new layer to the already deeply emotional tale of a parent’s love for his/her child.
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!)