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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision; Revised edition (1 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2888930498
  • ISBN-13: 978-2888930495
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Natalie Avella is a freelance design writer living and working in London, UK.

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Miss K TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2009
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This is a largely pictorial representation of the area; showcasing other people's work. It doesn't actually show you how to make anything (although there are 3 or 4 templates at the back). Looking at other people's work can be very inspiring but this is not what I was expecting given the title of the book and the front cover. I was really disappointed so be warned - buy this book if you're looking for general inspiration (for various packaging design, advertising mailouts etc) but avoid it if you want specific ideas on how to make 3D designs from 2D materials!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corina Bona on 15 Dec. 2012
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It didn't offer enough ideas and its more about graphic design than actual paper art. Let me down and I sent it back
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Nice photos—but almost nothing in the way of "how to"! Why ELSE would one buy such a book?! Wish I could send it back...
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By B. L. Graham on 25 Dec. 2014
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Brought a s a gift. Recipient loved it
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Engineering? 29 Aug. 2009
By beltran berrocal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a guide book on how to design and create pop-ups, on the basic folding and cutting techniques, then this IS NOT the book for you.
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).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected at all 7 Mar. 2012
By The Reality of Illusions - Published on Amazon.com
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Shame on me, maybe I didn't read all the fine print on this one.

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great look into paper engineering by graphic designers 5 Sept. 2011
By liberal sprinkles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
[ this review is adapted from a longer one at my blog liberal sprinkles]

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Paper Engineering 3 Jan. 2013
By ZolPam - Published on Amazon.com
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This is NOT what I was looking for at all. It did not contain any instructional information, which is what I was looking for. It may be interesting to some, but not to me.
Pam
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for designers and hobbyists alike! 13 Jan. 2011
By Kevin A. Cote - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives you so much inspiration on how to use paper in ways you never dreamed of. It explores new formats, folds, and use of dicuts that will make any designer drool.
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