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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and inspiring
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form
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.
Published on September 23, 2011 by Vermont Architect


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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and inspiring, September 25, 2011
This review is from: Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form (Paperback)
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form, September 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have, September 7, 2011
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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folding Techiques BOOK, October 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, June 2, 2013
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instructions on many different folding with applications in different forms and cd included. pictures help you understand the folding and the instructions are very helpfull and specific
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exceeded my expectations!, May 22, 2013
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At first I bought out of curiosity and with the intent to try new shapes, but it really opened my mind to interesting utilities that have already been put into practice in just a few weeks of purchasing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the "final frontier", May 12, 2013
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Definitely for advanced paper engineering, not for beginners. But if you've come to an advanced place in folding, this book is great!
Be sure to APPLY its principles to your own designs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, May 1, 2013
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comes with a cd. most of the fold techniques are very complicated...I was hoping for some more simplified versions.
But oh well. I did take almost 2 weeks to get here...glad I was not in a rush
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted!, May 16, 2013
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Fantastic information in a clear and easily understood format. There is no other book that fills this niche. Thank you so much Paul!
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Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form by Paul Jackson (Paperback - May 11, 2011)
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