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Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form [Paperback]

Paul Jackson
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Book Description

April 27 2011
Many designers use folding techniques in their work to make three-dimensional forms from two-dimensional sheets of fabric, cardboard, plastic, metal, and many other materials. This unique book explains the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. An elegant, practical handbook, it covers over 70 techniques explained by clear step-by-step drawings, crease-pattern drawings, and specially commissioned photography.

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Paul Jackson has been a professional paper folder and paper artist since 1982 and is the author of 30 books on paper arts and crafts. He has taught the techniques of folding on more than 150 university-level design courses in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Israel. These include courses in Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery, Product Design, Packaging, Ceramics, Industrial Design, Fine Art, Basic Design and Interior Design. He has also taught many workshops in museums, arts centers, and festivals and has worked as 'folding consultant' for companies such as Nike and Siemens.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Dec 11 2011
By Marc
This book is a must have for any person connected to the design or artistic world. It's beautiful, simple and the layout is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and inspiring Sept. 25 2011
By wiredweird - Published on
Jackson's book starts gradually, with the most basic of folds. You might think, "Yeah, I made paper fans in kindergarten. Let's move on." Well, you did - but not with the precision that Jackson displays, and not with the purpose behind it. The first of these folds, bordering on trivial, proceed through a graded series of variations. Again, in themselves, each variation might not look like much. Still, it's worthwile to put the time into doing each with the highest level of craftsmanship you can summon. The precision will matter in later exercises. Likewise, the habit of trying variations, of exploring the possibilities broadly and systematically, becomes essential when putting these folds (or any design technique) to use.

As the paper patterns become more complex, so does the more abstract discussion of design. Jackson discussion repetition in one or two dimensions, rotation, and other ways of building simple units into complex assemblies. And, as the designs mecome more complex, the distinction between two- and three-dimesional figures blurs. The first exercises just add creases to a flat sheet. Later, though, the sheets form spirals, boxes, tunnels, and other self-standing figures.

After discussions of linear creases, Jackson moves to more organic kinds of folds - soft curves without straight-line folds, or with very few. Even the random elements introduced by crumpling the paper have their place, especially when combined with more rigid design techiques. Even something as simple as folded paper offers endless possibilities for the artist, architect, or industrial designer. Jackson's book offers a beautiful and practical way to explore some of these possibilities.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form Sept. 23 2011
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The book is loaded with folding ideas the only issue I have with the book is that it does not show you how they get the resultant fold with some of the more difficult exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Sept. 7 2011
By Patricio C. Ortiz - Published on
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Finally, a good book that methodically explain tesselated folds with a clear visual language. It's not the first book that deals with folding tesselations, but the first one many people will feel confident to achieve succesfully all the examples shown. The final part dealing with simple curvature folds with pinches is a great plus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folding Techiques BOOK Oct. 11 2011
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Spectacular, I received the book earlier than expected, it is truly wonderful, their content is suitable for applications in architecture, graphic and industrial design, product, super recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important book in its field. July 7 2013
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This book is not a step-by step book about how to do simple folding projects in an afternoon. There are plenty of books within that line (I own many).
This book is more oriented to the student and professional artist/designer who is looking for a solid basement in the world of folding, not only paper, but any other material that comes in sheets.
Paul Jackson has witten a treasure of a book. There was nothing like it in the market until this book came out. Thanks, Paul, for sharing your knowledge with us. I personally highly appreciate it.
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