Paper Engineering: Simon Arizpe Illustration: Alex Juhasz
"If it's in a word or it's in a book, you can't escape the Babadook" Is the first line of the chilling pop-up book at the center of the critcally aclamied 2014 Australian horror film.
After the success of the film I was approached by the creators to help design a working pop-up book to be sold to the public based on the book used in the film.
Working closely with the Director Jennifer Kent, Illustrator Alex Juhasz, and Producer Kristina Ceyton, we tell the rest of the story of the Babadook in the 25 page pop-up terror.
IFC/Causeway Films 2016
Paper Engineering & Illustration: Simon Arizpe
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THE WilD pop-up object is a new form of storytelling that allows the reader to interact with the story in a whole new way.
In April of 2016 I created a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a limited production run of THE WilD.
THE WilD received an awards from the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Library and the library of the School of Visual Arts.
Paper Engineering: Simon Arizpe Illustration: Mike Sass
Enter the tavern, take your seat by the fire, and tuck into The Hearthstone Pop-Up Book, a celebration of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed collectible card game.
Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone. Take your place alongside the nine major heroes, engage in a stunning arena battle, and enjoy a charming story told with the game’s signature wit and whimsy. Unfold each page to reveal a spectacular central pop accompanied by booklets of smaller pops. The Hearthstone Pop-Up Book is a marvel of creativity and paper engineering—and a must-have for Hearthstone fans everywhere.
About the game: Hearthstone® is a fast-paced digital strategy card game in which players sling spells, summon minions, and wield powerful weapons to do battle with their opponent. Featuring familiar characters from the Warcraft® universe, Hearthstone has won over legions of fans with its compelling gameplay and lively style.
Based on the Persian epic poem The Shahnameh, this pop-up book tells of the rise of the evil Serpent King, Zahhak, and his legendary battle with the young prince Freydun.
I collaborated with Designer Hamid Rahmanian creating a unique version of this classic Iranian poem about love, betrayal, dragon armies and enchanted castles, captured in this 9 page, 17 pop-up book.
Fantagraphic Books, Fall 2016
Working closely with paper engineer/illustrator Mathew Reinhart, and the people at Lucas Films, I helped in the design, engineering, and prototyping of this award winning pop-up book.
Scholastic/Lucas Films 2007
Coming fall 2017
This book is an all-in-one kit for a complete origami metropolis: 75 realistic pieces to fold with step-by-step instructions; an illustrated paper play mat; and over 200 sheets of preprinted origami paper with numbers and lines for folding. The models—houses, office buildings, cars, emergency and construction vehicles, an airport, even dogs and squirrels to run in the parks—are meticulously detailed in this unique book.
Illustrated by Simon Arizpe,
Paper engineered by Taro Yaguchi,
Illustrations and concept designs
2012 Calendar design, (excerpt)
Pen + Ink, fingerprint, on paper,
8" x 14"
#1 Laurel Wreath Headphones
Limited edition Bluetooth headphone set
Rubber, aluminum, earbud headphones
6" x 7" x 2"
#2 The The Hippopotamus Hunter
Limited Edition high-top shoe: Based on Peter Paul Rubens’ The Hippopotamus Hunt 1615 ca.
The WeCroak app is inspired by a Bhutanese folk saying: to be a happy person, one must contemplate death five times daily.
Each day, we’ll send you five invitations to stop and think about death. Our invitations come at random times and at any moment, just like death. When they come, you can open the app to reveal a quote about death from a poet, philosopher, or notable thinker.
We encourage you to take one moment for contemplation, conscious breathing or meditation. We believe that a regular practice of contemplating mortality helps us accept what we must, let go of things that don’t matter and honor the things that do.
Working closely with paper engineer Matthew Reinhart, and a team of cartoonists from DC Comics, I helped in the design, engineering, and prototyping of this epic pop-up book.
Little Brown Press/DC Comics 2010
1 - 10 counting book for young readers that teaches them about the world of nocturnal animals.
Pen + Ink on paper
12" x 12"
In 2014 I partnered with designer Grisha Enikolopov to create a floating hotel room in Rockaway, New York. As part of the Boggsville Boatel series we used reclaimed and recycled materials to create a unique space for visitors to stay nestled in the urban wilderness of Jamaica Bay.
While working with the Sabuda Brand I helped design and engineer a limited edition interactive pop-up phone box for Google-Motorola. Working with illustrator Jon Klassen, we created a one of a kind user experience.
From Ape to Zebra, and everything in between, this coloring book goes to every biome on the planet to find some of the strangest and most fascinating creatures on earth.
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