The Nani Bird is a printable, foldable paper toy created by Josh McKibble. He created the form and invited other designers to create their own Nani Birds. I love them because they are a zero travel, DIY toy that comes in a variety of designs. Here are a few of my favorite designs. Pictured above are (clockwise from upper left) aksfile by aks, Cherry Love by Isomoyo, Bubblenani by Scott Shaller, and I Am Real by Jorge.
Josh McKibble, creator of the Nani Bird wrote,
"Nani is the Japanese word for "what" and it pretty much sums up my experience of living here in Japan. I constantly find myself asking "nani? nani?" So much so that I made a bunch of paintings (100 actually) of birds running around asking the same question. But since paintings can't sit on your desk looking all cute I decided to see how the same question could be asked in 3D. Paper is cheap right?
Since "what" seems like a pretty universal question, I decided to see how other artists and designers would answer it... in "bird" of course. I hope you enjoy the results."
• Read More: Visit nanibird.com to select and print your own paper toys.
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