22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Ok, it's probably best to get one thing straight. This is not a simple book.
Unless you are already a very accomplished folder then you will find this book very hard going. On the other hand, if you have folded Origami Insects (Lang), and mastered Super Complex Origami (Issei) then this book is the natural progression. If you have ever wondered, like I have, how complex origami models are created then look no further. Lang describes the theory behind mapping a real life object or animal to the flat square of a piece of origami paper. There are some complicated maths involved for those who speak that particular language, but you don't have to be a maths wiz to get the benefit.
As well as theories on design are diagrams of some of Lang's more recent designs.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2007
This book demonstrates a wide variety of mathematical origami design techniques but steers clear of anything really technical. Anyone with some maths aptitude and reasonable origami experience could get something from it - depending on how much work they were willing to put into it. It's a thick book but it is hard to see how the subject matter could be made much simpler; it certainly follows a logical progression and has plenty of diagrams. It also has some new models at the end of each chapter which demonstrate the techniques explained in that chapter.
It's not exhaustive but is essential reading for anyone serious about origami design.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2011
I believe this book is the mother of all Origami books.
If you ever wondered how complex origami models are designed then this is the book for you.
The author , Robert Lang explains the complex design process with mathematical calculations thoroughly.
The Chapters start with basics of origami folds, bases, and progress to explaining concepts like pattern grafting, tiling etc before getting into very complex models.
I would not recommended this book for beginners as most of the models are complex and the going gets really tough.
If you are already making a few complex models then this will help you take your skill to the next level.
I received this as my 40th Birthday Gift and I love it. It will give me hours and hours of Origami fun and detailed knowledge on the subject.
Its a must for an origami enthusiast!!!
Hope you find the review useful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2009
An interesting book which is not too mathematical, though there is a chapter for those who do like mathematical proofs. As well as taking you through the design principles, just as it says it will, there are lots of great folds along the way and many are fun - this is not just a serious, nerdy book. You should be able to create designs of your own after working through this book, as long as you are a reasonably experienced folder when you start.
My big criticism is in the printing. A darkish brown is used for the coloured side of the paper, which means that the fold lines are often hard to see or invisible. This is really frustrating and has caused me to give up on more than one model, as it's hard to read both the step you're on and the next stage, so making it virtually impossible to fold as given.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2012
Most origami books are a collection of recipes for making models. This book contains the recipes but also the theory behind them -- it gets pretty mathematical. As another reviewer has said, it is not a book for beginners. There are a few models near the beginning that could be made by an junior origamist, say having worked through one of the beginner books. But most of the models are strictly for experts. Many do not have folding instructions -- simply a crease pattern and a few hints. How do you find a sheet of paper that is ten metres square? And where do you find a floor large enough to fold the paper?
Having said that, anyone with an interest in origami should buy the book, even if only to marvel at what can be achieved with a a sheet of paper, no cuts, no glue, and no modular multi-sheet malarky. Robert Lang has taken origami to a level that was inconceivable before he began. A true genius.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2014
Excellent second edition for the keen paper-folder. With many corrections to the first edition, the style is concise but easy reading.
This book does not shirk from delving into the dark and mysterious world of origami from a no-nonsense, engineering standpoint, covering the subject as thoroughly as any other book on the market today.
A bit of a weighty tome, but I'm not sure how you would cover the material as well in less space.
Many examples of both Lang and traditional models to fold spread throughout the book, as a break from the theory.
Wanna make a frog ? It's in here. Wanna make a frog with bulging eyes and toes ? How to achieve that is described here too !
Maybe it would be nice if there was an e-reader version, that I could load onto my Kindle.
on 13 May 2010
This book is for people who aim to become experts in modern origami. It consists of alternating discussions of mathematical aspects of origami design and folding instructions of models in which these aspects are used. The book starts with very basic things like the valley and mountain fold, and with an explanation of the symbols and notations that are used in the instructions on how to make the models. The going very rapidly gets tough however, and to benefit from it requires a lot of study and hard work. On the other hand, just browsing through the book and getting an impression of what is possible in origami makes the book well worth the money.
on 13 September 2013
Origami Design Secrets is a very in depth origami book, with some amazing looking complex designs. If you are considering designing your own models this book tells you all you will need to know, but it is still worth a read even if you just want to fold the pre-designed models.
Highly recommended for anyone experienced with origami, but as another reviewer says, certainly not for beginners.
on 31 May 2013
Fantastic book. It is filled with History and so much knowledge from math to life experiences and the way Mr Lang shares his knowledge is just a pleasure to read and same time filled with models that not only are modelled well but also provided with background history and inspiration roots. Its a masterpiece and in my opinion every passionate origami interested persons collector piece to own ^_^
on 29 April 2013
I had been look for a book that explained the concepts behind origami, not only a list of designs. If you are looking to understand origami and how to make you own designs this is for you. Also the few designs are challenging but provide great results.