Papertoy bizz – part 1

I’m currently working on making that papertoy bizz somewhat official.
So I’ve started a business (eMCeeKay.nl <-- not a lot to see there yet) with a officials KvK (Kamer van Koophandel = chamber of commerce) etc….

And you need a business card and that got me wondering about some other business card related items:

  • Business card stand
  • Business card holder

I couldn’t resist looking for paper versions of these items.

I used my day job business card for this: I think they have a common size use in the Netherlands.
The card is 85mm x 55mm (W x H)

In this post I’ll be focussing on the Business card stand!

Business card stand

Simple business card iPhone iPod stand

This one is so simple that I didn’t search further
End result Business card stand from a business card
I found it on instructables.com so visit them for the whole story.

But I need vector files, not just a sketch! So I converted the instructions into a vector file:

And now the download: this is a little experiment so hope it works:
Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)
Use the standard functionality from your browser and save it as “.svg” (Firefox will save it as .XML but that file won’t open in Illustrator)

btw: there is even an instruction how to make this stand without a template; just with folding and another business card! Just visit the post and scroll down the comments.

iPhone and iTouch paper stand dock

But then someone pointed me towards this:
iphone-and-itouch-paper-stand-dock
An awesome paper stand from dessinemoiunobjet.com by Julien Mad้rou. But I see no reason why we can’t use it for a business card stand.

You can download the original .PDF file here (use “Save Link As…”)

But because we don’t need to have a cord running through, I simplified the template a little bit:

Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

If you are having problem to build it, visit the original post: Iphone and Itouch paper stand / dock or open the original PDF (here).

Here the vector files:

Business stand (simple) template

Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

Business stand template

Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

PUMA – States/Suede/Clyde – urban paper sneaker – part2

Today I present: PUMA – States/Suede/Clyde – Urban paper sneaker

Want to read more about the process visit this blog post or this one.

Because a picture says more than a thousand words:

Paperkraft fans will recognise the logo: this is a paper sneaker made for Ron Rementilla from Paperkraft.blogspot.com.
He has written about my PUMA First round papertoy and suggested that people who wanted a template should leave a comment…. And Ron mentioned that he wanted one too…. I’m sure that he didn’t mean this, but I needed to create a skin for this model and thought it would be a nice gesture to thank Ron.

You can download the file for the PUMA – Paperkraft – Urban paper sneaker here:

The .ZIP file contains a .PDF
(You can use freeware like FilZip or 7zip to extract a .ZIP-file and read a .PDF with Acrobat or Foxit)


But I know a lot of people want to customize this PUMA sneaker, so if you are interested in creating a custom paper sneaker you can download the Blank PUMA – States/Suede/Clyde – Urban paper sneaker here:

The .ZIP file contains a .PDF
(You can use freeware like FilZip or 7zip to extract a .ZIP-file and read a .PDF with Acrobat or Foxit)

If you like this, leave a comment. If you build one, show me a picture. If you customize one, … you get the picture ….

PUMA – states/suede/clyde – urban paper sneaker

As I mentioned before: I always wanted to do a papertoy sneaker.

When I finished my first PUMA sneakers, and posted it on NPT (Nice Paper Toy), some people mentioned that they liked the model but that there favorite PUMA sneaker is the states/suede/clyde.
I didn’t know that the PUMA states/suede/clyde is a b-boy classic.

So I couldn’t resist to make them too:

I don’t have a download link for this one, and no design yet….
But that will be fixed very soon.

PS.
The excellent Ron Rementilla from Paperkraft.blogspot.com has written about my PUMA First round papertoy (thx for that).
And suggested that readers who wanted a template, leave a comment….

Till now 10 people did and they have received the (WIP) templates…
I call the templates WIP because the instructions are not ready yet.
And because I wanted to make the PUMA clyde first, they are not ready yet.

Twitter rss reader in Flash as3

Update #1: must read this post, otherwise this code will fail when you place it on your server!

I recently started my own company (eMCeeKay.nl) and I need to make a website for it…. Not really a problem besides that I don’t have any time to create a design.

So I was thinking about a easy way to update this website without spending extra time on that.

Because the main focus of the company is papertoys (urban papertoys), I need design or papertoy related info in my my new website ().

And I came with two ways to update it without extra effort: twitter (I tweet about a lot of stuff but primarily about papertoys) and this the content on this blog (category: urban-papercraft).

I started with the Twitter part.
There are two Twitter AS3 libraries that “speak” to the Twitter API: twitterscript/ and tweetr/.
But after reading the source I concluded that it was a little bit to much: I don’t want to tweet from emceekay.nl or do searches, so that was not the way to go.

A little google search gave me the solution: http://www.theflashlogs.org/flash/displaying-twitter-feeds-in-flash-with-rss/, simple using the standard rss from Twitter (in my case: Matthijs Kamstra – Twitter – rss).

The code on theflashlogs.org is pritty simple, and very easy to use.
So my code is a little addition to that, I need some stuff done to the rss feed:

  • remove “MatthijsKamstra:” form the title
  • convert @paperkraft to a link
  • convert #Mecha6 to a link
  • convert http:// to a link

Here is my code:
[as light=”false” wraplines=”false”]
package nl.emceekay.twttr
{
import flash.display.MovieClip;
import flash.events.Event;
import flash.net.URLLoader;
import flash.net.URLRequest;
import flash.text.TextField;
/**
* // nl.emceekay.twttr.TwttrExample
* …
* @author Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck]
*/
public class TwttrExample extends MovieClip
{
//default: http://twitter.com/matthijskamstra
private var url:String = "http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/27657030.rss";

private var _txt:TextField;

public function TwttrExample()
{
stage.scaleMode = "noScale";
stage.align = "TL";

// generate textfield
_txt = new TextField()
_txt.x = 10;
_txt.y = 10;
_txt.width = stage.stageWidth – 20;
_txt.height = stage.stageHeight – 20;
_txt.wordWrap = true;
_txt.multiline = true;
_txt.autoSize = "left";
addChild(_txt);

// start
getFeed(url);
}

//////////////////////////////////////// loading rss / show rss ////////////////////////////////////////

private function getFeed (inURL:String) : void
{
_txt.htmlText = "getting tweets";

var loader:URLLoader = new URLLoader();
loader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, onFeedHandler);
loader.load(new URLRequest(inURL));
}

private function onFeedHandler (e:Event):void
{
_txt.htmlText = "";
var _feed:XML = new XML(e.target.data);
var _item:XMLList = _feed.channel.item;
for each (var feedItem:XML in _item){
var _title :String = feedItem.title;
var _pubDate :String = feedItem.pubDate;
var _link :String = feedItem.link;

_title = convertTweet(_title);

_txt.htmlText += _title + "<br><i>" + _pubDate + "</i><br><br>";
}
}

//////////////////////////////////////// twitter specific ////////////////////////////////////////

// one place to convert the tweet
private function convertTweet (inString:String):String
{
var _str:String = inString;
_str = twttrStripName(_str);
_str = twttrConvertHTTP(_str);
_str = twttrConvertMention(_str);
_str = twttrConvertHashtag(_str);
_str = twttrConvertSmileys(_str);
return _str;
}

// remove the writers name from the tweet
private function twttrStripName (inString:String):String
{
var _str:String = inString;
var _charNumber:Number = _str.indexOf(":");
return _str.substr(_charNumber + 2);
}

// convert http-strings to links
private function twttrConvertHTTP(inString:String):String
{
var _str:String = inString;
var _array:Array = _str.split(" ");
for (var i:int = 0; i < _array.length; i++)
{
var _str2:String = twttrStripChar(_array[i]);
if (_array[i].indexOf("http") != -1)
{
_array[i] = "<u><a href=’" + _str2 + "’ target=’_blank’>" +_array[i] + "</a></u>";
}
}
return _array.join(" ");
}

// convert mentions (@) to links
private function twttrConvertMention(inString:String):String
{
var _str:String = inString;
var _array:Array = _str.split(" ");
for (var i:int = 0; i < _array.length; i++)
{
var _str2:String = twttrStripChar(_array[i]);
if (_array[i].substr(0, 1) == "@")
{
_array[i] = "<u><a href=’http://www.twitter.com/" + _str2.split("@")[1] + "’ target=’_blank’>" +_array[i] + "</a></u>";
}
}
return _array.join(" ");
}

// convert hashtags (#) to links
private function twttrConvertHashtag(inString:String):String
{
var _str:String = inString;
var _array:Array = _str.split(" ");
for (var i:int = 0; i < _array.length; i++)
{
var _str2:String = twttrStripChar(_array[i]);
if (_array[i].substr(0, 1) == "#")
{
_array[i] = "<u><a href=’http://twitter.com/search?q=%23" + _str2.split("#")[1] + "’ target=’_blank’>" +_array[i] + "</a></u>";
}
}
return _array.join(" ");
}

// TODO: [mck] convert ๐Ÿ™‚ to a smiley image
private function twttrConvertSmileys(inString:String):String
{
var _str:String = inString;
return _str;
}

// remove "strange" characters from the end of the string
private function twttrStripChar(inString:String):String
{
var _str:String = inString;
var _charArray:Array = [‘,’, ‘;’, ‘:’, ‘ ‘, ‘-‘, ‘_’];
for (var i:int = 0; i < _charArray.length; i++)
{
if (_str.charAt(_str.length – 1) == _charArray[i]) {
_str = _str.substr(0, _str.length – 1);
}
}
return _str;
}

} // end class

} // end package
[/as]

Currently I have only this proof of concept, but soon I will post the example on emceekay.nl

Because this is part one of what I want to do, and don’t want to search for every link again, I’m posting also the WordPress link here (it’s just because I’m lazy).

So here the feeds I will be using:

II LOVE mag – YEBOMAYCU

I’m in the latest edition of the II LOVE magazine from Marko Zubak

In this issue we will remain on the first phase of creation, the form. Here the accent is put on the sculptural aspect of denuded paper toys, giving an impression that each one of them represents it’s own species.
Here is shown a selection of more than 50 paper toys, but of course, there are lot of other different kinds of paper toys out there. Many great designs are left out because of various reasons and I feel really sorry for some of them.

by Marko Zubak, creator of II LOVE magazine

Download II LOVE magazine from YEBOMAYCU.

Lo Slungg

Finally I found some time to finish the templates from Lo Slungg. Sorry it took so long.

For the readers that don’t know Lo Slungg, here is a image:

Lo Slungg

Lo Slungg papertoy

Lo Slungg papertoy

And download the files for the WIP Lo Slungg template here:

The .ZIP file contains a .PDF
(You can use freeware like FilZip or 7zip to extract a .ZIP-file and read a .PDF with Acrobat or Foxit)

This is the first time I have an explanation page (the first page) with the templates. I couldn’t fit the explanation onto the templates, so don’t print the first page!.
Lo Slungg templates explanation page
Explanation page


And if you are interested in a custom you can find the Blank Lo Slungg template here:

The .ZIP file contains a .PDF
(You can use freeware like FilZip or 7zip to extract a .ZIP-file and read a .PDF with Acrobat or Foxit)

Do you like it?
Post a comment!

Book Launch and Paper Toy Art Show – Cafe Pause – Tokyo

Urban Paper book has generated another art show, this time in Tokyo!

Urban Paper Poster/Papertoy

Urban Paper Poster/Papertoy

It will be at Caf้ Pause in Ikebukuro and will run from Sept. 7th to the 20th.

Since not everyone who was in the book will be in the show, this is final list of who will be showing:

Jack Hankins
Maarten Janssens
Kenn Munk
Sjors Trimbach
Ringo Krumbiegel
Ben O’Brien
LouLou
Christopher Bonnettte
Nick Knite
Matthew Hawkins
Matthijs Kamstra (me ๐Ÿ™‚ )
Dolly Oblong
Josh McKible

This show is setup by Josh McKible that most people will know as Nanibird.

He create a poster that also is a papertoy, and you can download it
here (save link as)

Urban Paper book Poster-papertoy front

Urban Paper book Poster-papertoy front

Read more here