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Paper Engineering Revised & Expanded Edition: 3-D design techniques for a 2-D material Paperback – February 1, 2009
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.63 pounds
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 2888930498
- ISBN-13 : 978-2888930495
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 1 x 10.25 inches
- Publisher : Rockport Publishers; Revised edition (February 1, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,834,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was initially introduced to this book in a graphic design course and loved it so much that I just had to buy a copy for myself. It has proven a useful resource in displaying the many ways that paper can be so much more than just the material upon which beautiful images are printed or drawn, but an integral part of the design itself.
Although the book has a few templates for some of its more complex 3D designs, if you are looking for more of a step-by-step manual to paper engineering or pop-up paper design - this books is perhaps not the one you should buy. If you are looking for great examples of how the creativity used in folding, cutting, and engineering the medium of paper itself can make even the simple business card an exciting and interesting object then this book would be perfect for you! The descriptions of the inspirations behind each project by the artists and designers involved, and whether or not they were successful in achieving their intended goal with each design, is not only interesting but also really informative.
Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a book on paper engineering that will serve as a reference guide filled with examples of thought-provoking work by successful designers
Lots of pictures of various paper engineering projects. Very little to no nuts-and-bolts training on how to actually create paper engineered projects.
Really a long picture brochure of what the latest paper engineers are doing these days. For me it wasn't really worth it.
I wanted something that discussed what you see online out at "Canon Creative Park" - google that and you will see some awesome paper engineering!
There are plenty of examples here of creations crafted from paper - some of them mundane, others fascinating. What makes it different from other books on papercrafts is the descriptions of the process behind the designs. The book's aim is to show the possibilities of paper. It does so by showing how some graphic designers translate their thoughts and intentions through paper engineering, transforming paper from a 2D sheet into a 3D, interactive item that demands the reader get involved in and experience the work.
Paper Engineering got me looking at paper as a much more complex material, and at paper products as more than just beautiful creations, however innovatively or commonly they are manipulated into their final forms. The book examines various graphic design formats like brochures, books and invites, and looks at works engineered by folding, cutting, gluing to create pop-ups and different binding methods.
I liked the variety of examples (format, form and shape) and the descriptions accompanying each item - why the designers approached the project they way they did and how they did it. The book also profiles four paper engineers - British artist Rob Ryan, book designer Ron van der Meer (known for pop-up books), visual artist Kate Farley and book artist Ed Hutchins. And a bonus: a few templates are included at the back of the book so we can attempt to recreate some of the pieces.
There are other books with more - and more varied - examples of paper crafting. But if you're interested in the design aspect, Paper Engineering is an excellent read.
This book is a pretty good collection of interesting pop-up / paper cut designs and uses in graphic design and enterprise comunications. Excellent for inspiration and reference.
It balances out the "engineering" expectation by including 4-5 templates at the end of the book that are among the difficult ones to figure out by oneself (as the letter W in the book ABC3d by Marion Bataille).