This was an exploration in type combining both kirigami and graffiti. Done as a birthday card, it first required creating his name in graffiti and then manipulating it to work as 3D model with considerations to how the background cardstock would work with the image.

This last image is the template used in the creation of this project. Created in Illustrator.


4 Responses to “Graffitiami”

  1. 1 Hector July 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Hi 31216,
    Nice work.
    I came across your b’day card while looking for any kirigami reference before I buy any Masahiro Chatani book.
    I need some simple rules, sample folds, or theory so I can apply my own design to a card.
    One challange is that most cards start ‘closed’ and end up ‘opened’, with the pattern then sticking out.
    Mine has to be the opposite, where the initial angle is 90 degrees (open), and it ends being 180 degrees (wide open).
    Could you suggets any site where I can get a good understanding of kirigami methods?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. 2 Michelle March 25, 2012 at 5:48 am

    can you please do one just like this but with the name ”JOEL” please??? that would be heaps cool..

  3. 3 Maddy April 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Please come up with one that says happy birthday please

  4. 4 Anonymous March 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    does it fold down all the way so you can put it in an envelope?

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