I am designing a logo today. The client wants the logo to include a boat, so this meant researching boat shapes on the web, as well as looking back at photos of the Lisbon maritime museum. The image search unexpectedly threw up some beautiful origami boats and I made two of them, following the very clear instructions on origami-make.com. The boats are beginner’s level projects. I learnt two types of paper folds – mountain (which forms a peak) and valley (which dips inwards).
There is barely anything to the orange paper boat, but is still manages to give a impression of floating, calm and serenity. It even has direction and a sense of movement.
I used the origami paper that was already on my desk, kindly given to me by a master kimono maker, Akiko Nakata. In the packet were some of her and her friend’s intriguing paper folding projects, which I think they made as a past-time while traveling. Some of the shapes have pencil notes jotted in Japanese.
The origami boat drawn in Illustrator.