I recently received a great tutorial suggestion from a reader named Brigid who asked if I could create a guide to creating an origami style illustration. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to tackle this design for its advanced shape editing abilities and make particular use of Smart Guides to perfectly align our vector paths. Once the outline of our origami inspired design is complete we’ll then bring it to life with vibrant colours, resulting in a modern graphic that would look great as part of a logo design.

Origami Style Logo

The design we’ll be building in this tutorial is an origami inspired graphic that makes use of hard angled lines to create intersecting shapes which mimic paper folds.

A good place to start is Google Images to gain an idea of the shapes we’ll need to use create a simplified outline of our subject, which in this case is a hummingbird. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the general shapes of real life origami creations.

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16 Comments

  1. Great tutorial ! Your tutorial is very helpfuly for me because I’m begginer in Illustrator. Thanks for share with it :)

  2. Thanks so much for this! I learned things that are useful for lots of other applications too.

  3. I love your tutorials! You have taught me amazing things about graphic design that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with all of us! I have been sharing your website with my designer friends and they love it as well! Good luck with everything!

    • It was origami last year. This year the hipster designers re-branded it low-poly or polygonal (somebody learned 3D processing I guess).

      @tutorial… not as in-depth as I expected… I have a 2 years old draft on my blog about origami logo construction. You can contact me and I’ll send it to you, clean it and publish it if you want.

      • Would u be able to send me a copy please, as it won’t allow me to download the tutorial files & this tut skips loads of parts (in between & GUI in PShop shots etc).

        Pls Contact me [twt]Code_Collective for email address… or put websitecollaborative then gmail’s .com (this should through off bots)

        Thanks.

  4. This is great . Thanks for sharing this article. . I must admit I am not good in vector graphics but with this tutorial I can try it by myself .

  5. Basically the same concept as your ‘How To Create a Cubist Style Logo’ tutorial, but that’s not a bad thing! This polygon effect helped me create a rather graphic branding for a agricultural advisor. And he loved it!

  6. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for another great tutorial, easy to follow and really effective. I’ve made a purple hummingbird with a nice background texture, a song lyric and drop shadow for extra effect.

    Laura

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