Expeimenting Pop-Up Scene Size

I first made the pop-up scene with an A4 sheet, next I tried out an A3 sheet and also an A2 sheet, here are the results:

A3 Sheet – Brighter colour 

I also made the colours brighter to see how it would turn out. I like the ‘pop’ it gives, makes it more appealing to children.



A2 Sheet





Graphics Style Inspiration & Experimenting

At first I tried simple tree designs on illustrator and came up with these:

The designs are simple but I wasn’t happy with them, especially the colours, so I tried a different approach. But I did like the shapes for the tree bush as children aged 4-5 are learning about shapes and circles/squares/triangles are the basic shapes they learn.

I looked at many styles and I really liked the style below:

Vector Tree

It feels free and not constrained, simple, pretty and fun. I thought It was the perfect inspiration for my pop-up book and appealing to children.


I used Adobe Illustrator to create the shapes and I love how they turned out. I like the composition and use of basic shapes for children to relate to and learn from. Next I had to add colour and I wanted to use a pastel colour palette due to the research on children and colour effects.

I loved the colour choice and I added the squiggle style as influenced by the inspiration image above. One of my supervisors said it reminded them of the solar system.

I started putting the designs together in the format of my circle pop-up piece and using the simple tree shapes I illustrated before, I re-used them and change the colour and style. The clouds were influenced by the Powerpuff Girls style.

I knew I wanted to include a cute little colourful fence so I illustrated the outside lines and coloured them in using Photoshop to experiment and decide on a final palette. I decided to go with the rainbow colours, again teaching children the basics of what they learn during Primary 1. I thought It would be more cute and appealing by making the fence have little animals on them.  

Next I added in the grass and I also included faded out trees in the background to add more depth.

I put the grass and fence on at the same time to see if they would work well together along with the trees. The fence will be a pop-up piece so it won’t be printed on the background.

  I created tree branches to stick onto either sides of the pop-up piece as one of my pop-ups. This piece is important as one of the cube extras will be interacting with it. I designed some bushes too which are pop-ups too.

Final Design Template

I included glue tabs to ensure enough space is provided for the glue and strength to stay in place.

Children and Colours

I have been researching what colours to use for children and found some interesting things:

  1. Surrounding children with soft pastels and rounded architectural forms at the kindergarten level (2-7 years) was less distracting to the mental concentration of each stage of development.
  2. Comfort colours for very young children are pinks, peaches, pale almond beige and lavender as these equate to love and security.
  3. Children learn and retain information longer when colour is used in educational material and in the classroom. Eighty percent of the brain receives information visually. Colour stimulates the visual sense and encourages the retention of information.
  4. The colours red, orange and yellow stimulate and foster a learning environment that will stimulate the brain.
  5. The colours green, blue and violet induce relaxation.
  6. The use of colourful toys and decor for infants and children alike, creates a fun environment as well as a learning environment.


I think I will keep to soft pastel palette and the circle shape of the pop-up will key in perfect with rounded architectural form causing less distraction.

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