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Origami Design Secrets - 2nd edition

by Robert J. Lang

Published:
2011 by A.K Peters
Pages:
770
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9781568814360
ISBN-10:
1568814364

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Skill Level From low intermediate to super complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? A few are from rectangles

Overall Impression

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Wow. This is a fabulous book. Even if you only use it as a regular origami instruction book, it has diagrams for amazing models, such as the Western pond turtle with a patterned shell, and, of course, the detailed Black Forest Cuckoo clock. However, this is not a conventional origami book. It's much more than that.

This book gives us insights into "technical" origami design. The object of this approach to design is basically how to get a certain number of appendages of certain sizes out of a piece of paper, in correct relations to each other, and in the most efficient way.

Lang presents several methods, starting with more abstract ones, such as basic point-splitting, modifying existing bases, grafting and tiling, and advances to more "scientific" tools, using circle packing and tree theory to achieve more accurate results.

Each technique is illustrated with many examples, exercises to the reader, and fully diagrammed models.

Lang's writing is flowing and entertaining. No mathematical skills are needed to understand the methods presented.

This book has become a classic as soon as it was published.

Notes about the 2nd edition:
Even you already own the first edition, you may consider investing in the new edition. It has some major changes (extending the original book by a whooping close to 200 pages!), which include:

* Updates and corrections throughout the book.
* 4 new models: Dancing Crane, Silverfish, Roosevelt Elk & Organist. All previously published in other publications, but not always easy to find.
* More details about folding the koi's scales.
* 12 complex insect/arachnid crease-patterns added.
* The illustrations and diagrams' color-scheme has been modified for clarity.
* An expanded Box-pleating chapter, including uniaxial box-pleating methods.
* A new chapter on polygon packing.
* If you're interested in the mathematical algortihms behind the methods described, keep your first edition as this section has been cut from the new one.

There are 39 Origami Designs in Origami Design Secrets - 2nd edition:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

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Stealth fighter

Vehicles - Airplanes

Robert J. Lang74Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1996
Origami Stealth fighter by Robert J. Lang folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Snail

Molluscs

Robert J. Lang76SquareOrigami Snail by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of Kraft origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Valentine

Hearts

Robert J. Lang78Square

With color-changed arrow
Origami Valentine by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Hummingbird - ruby throated

Birds - Apodiformes - Hummingbirds

Robert J. Lang82SquareOrigami Hummingbird - ruby throated by Robert J. Lang Wet-folded from a square of double-sided mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Baby

People - Babies

Robert J. Lang87Square

Also in NOA Magazine 195
Also in Origami USA Convention 1990
Origami Baby by Robert J. Lang folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Pteranodon

Dinosaurs - Pteranodon

Robert J. Lang118Square

With flapping action
Origami Pteranodon by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gadi Vishne
Goatfish

Fish

Robert J. Lang123SquareOrigami Goatfish by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Songbird 1

Birds - Passeriformes

Robert J. Lang162SquareOrigami Songbird 1 by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of Vietnamese wrapping-paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
KNL dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Robert J. Lang168Square

Also in The Millennium Origami Dragon Challenge

A combination of Neal's dragon body with Kasahara's dragon head
Origami KNL dragon by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of lizard-skin paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Lizard

Reptiles

Robert J. Lang174SquareOrigami Lizard by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of lizard-skin paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Tree frog

Amphibians

Robert J. Lang179SquareOrigami Tree frog by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of Origamido Frog Paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Crane - dancing

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Robert J. Lang188Square

Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 90
Origami Crane - dancing by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Turtle

Reptiles - Turtles

Robert J. Lang222Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in Origami Animals / Paper Animals by Robert J. Lang
Also in The Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques by Emma Callery
Origami Turtle by Robert J. Lang folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Western pond turtle

Reptiles - Turtles

Robert J. Lang225Square

Fantastic - with patterned shell
Origami Western pond turtle by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Magali
Koi

Fish - Koi

Robert J. Lang237Square

The 2nd edition goes into more detail about folding the koi's scales
Origami Koi by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of holographic paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Pegasus

Imaginary beings - Pegasi

Robert J. Lang281Square

Also in Das Diagramm 27
Also in Origami USA Convention 1996
Origami Pegasus by Robert J. Lang folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Emu

Birds - Casuariiformes - Casswaries and Emus

Robert J. Lang336SquareOrigami Emu by Robert J. Lang folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Songbird 2

Birds - Passeriformes

Robert J. Lang339SquareOrigami Songbird 2 by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Orchid blossom

Flora - Flowers

Robert J. Lang386SquareOrigami Orchid blossom by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Nicolas Terry
Silverfish

Insects

Robert J. Lang390Square

Also in AEP convention 2004
Also in Origami USA Convention 2005
Also in Pajarita Magazine 91
Also in Tanteidan 10th convention
Origami Silverfish by Robert J. Lang folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Alamo stallion

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

Robert J. Lang438Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 2002
Also in Pajarita Magazine 78
Origami Alamo stallion by Robert J. Lang Folded from a square of thin brown wrapping paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Roosevelt elk

Mammals - Cervidae - Deer and Moose

Robert J. Lang446Square

Also in CDO convention 2003
Origami Roosevelt elk by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Train

Vehicles - Trains

Emmanuel Mooser462Rectangle - 1X2

Also in CDO convention 2013
Also in Colombian Convention 2013
Also in Origami USA Convention 2013
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman

Crease pattern
Origami Train by Emmanuel Mooser on giladorigami.com
Folded by Grzegorz Bubniak
Organist

Music and Musicians

Robert J. Lang510Rectangle - 1X4

Also in Origami USA Convention 1999
Origami Organist by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Jake Crowley
Black forest cuckoo clock

Objects - Timekeeping

Robert J. Lang530Rectangle - Long stripOrigami Black forest cuckoo clock by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Sebastian Curvers
Bull moose

Mammals - Bovidae - Cows and Buffalo

Robert J. Lang612Square

Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 81
Origami Bull moose by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Flying walking stick

Insects

Robert J. Lang686Square

Crease pattern
Salt creek tiger beetle

Insects

Robert J. Lang687Square

Also in The Paper Magazine 94

Crease pattern
Origami Salt creek tiger beetle by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Mariano Zavala
Longhorn beetle

Insects

Robert J. Lang688Square

Crease pattern
Camel spider

Arachnids - Spiders and Arachnids

Robert J. Lang689Square

Crease-pattern
Water strider

Insects

Robert J. Lang690Square

Crease pattern
Scarab beetle

Insects

Robert J. Lang691Square

Crease pattern
Cicada nymph

Insects

Robert J. Lang692Square

Crease pattern
Scarab beetle HP

Insects

Robert J. Lang693Square

Crease pattern
Cyclommatus metallifer

Insects

Robert J. Lang694Square

Crease pattern
Scorpion HP

Arachnids - Scorpions

Robert J. Lang695Square

Crease pattern
Euthysanius beetle

Insects

Robert J. Lang696Square

Crease pattern
Spur-legged dung beetle

Insects

Robert J. Lang697Square

Crease pattern
Elephant - African

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Robert J. Lang718SquareOrigami Elephant - African by Robert J. Lang on giladorigami.com
Folded by Herman Mariano