“It is a wonderful book! The diagrams are so clear, clean and distinctive. And there is so much useful information about origami and making origami, which is sadly, but necessarily absent from most origami books.” Michael LaFosse
“A wonderful book. The most thoughtful work on origami that I have ever read”. Robert Neale
“His work is incredible!” Eric Joisel
“I can think of no-one better suited to write this book!” Robert Lang
“It is the best in many ways.” Robert Neale
“I really think this is destined to be a classic – it’s a superb book. Full marks.” Edwin Corrie
“The book is a tour de force – congratulations!” Gay Merrill Gross
“well up to your usual fine standard. Keep up the good work!” Jeff Beynon
“My compliments with this superb book!!! I very much like it, and your humerous touch.
Although I am not a dumm

y – origamiwise, there is plenty to discover and to enjoy for me in this book.” José Meeusen

It’s been a surprise for many people that this is the first Dummies book covering origami, but I’m not complaining. John Wiley (who publish the dummies imprint) contacted me in summer 07 to see if I’d be interested in writing it. Naturally, I was delighted. I’ve now received my first copy of this project and hopefully it will be in the shops very soon.

It’s the first time the Dummies people (John Wiley) have tackled a craft like this, and it’s been a learning process for both of us. The Dummies imprint has a rigorous set of layout styles and I’ve fought to try and maximise the size of every diagram. I’ve not been entirely successful, some of the more complex designs are smaller than I’d hoped for, but still hopefully readable. However, it’s turned out really well and, biased though I am, reckon it’s great value for money. Why “kit”? Because it’s got a pack of paper at the back. No, I’m not convinced either 😉 I refer to it as O4D and will continue to do so!

It’s it truly for dummies? Yes, I feel it is. Some of the designs need no creases, others only one or two. More than half the designs fall into the simple category. Of course, the book needed to incorporate more challenging

designs, although there’s nothing that comes close to “ultra-complex”. I’ve tried to cover all the major areas of skills and knowledge that a beginner might wish to read about, distilling my experience from the past 25 years of folding and 15 years of writing origami books.

I’ve been encouraged to employ my dry, subtle Northern wit throughout and the although tone of the book is light, I’ve tackled the subject in greater depth than usual, covering creativity, diagramming, the School of Ultimate Realism, copyright, morals and so forth. There are even a series of “top tens” to enjoy, styles, creators etc. A set of songs to fold to didn’t make it, so here they are anyway!

my proposed cover logo

Auld Robert Lang Syne
Don’t Sink Twice, It’s All Right
First Time Ever I Saw Your Fish Base
Fold on, I’m Coming
Foldfinger
I Wanna Fold Your Hand
It’s Only A Paper Spoon
Pleats Release Me (Let Me Go)
Promised You A Minor Miracle
There’ll Be Crease In The Valley

Inside are several classic folds in print for the first time, including the wonderful “pooping dog”. It also includes unpublished designs by David Brill, Marc Kirschenbaum, Robin Glynn, Max Hulme, Ted Norminton, Eric Joisel, Wayne Brown, John Montroll, Robert Lang and many others.

Profound apologies to anyone whose model didn’t make the final cut, we simply ran out of pages, even with some diagrams reduced in size a tad too much for my liking. Several of my own designs got the chop, but fingers crossed, they will go in the follow up volume, “More Origami For Dummies 😉

I’ve also knocked up, sorry, carefully created, a video of one of the designs, a paper representation of the Dummies “man”, who features on every cover.

Perhaps not an origami masterpiece, but as a “created to order”model, it fits the bill. The video has had over 30,000 views on youtube and has attracted some crude, if hilarious comments! The excellent music you can hear drifting in the background is one of my own pieces – check here for more of my aural delights!


Ducks by Nick Robinson
page 43 (from Square)

Nick's Fish Base Mask by Nick Robinson
page 53 (from Square)

Sailboat by Unknown
page 72 (from Square)

Flower by Unknown
page 73 (from Square)

T-Rex Head by Nick Robinson
page 74 (from Square)

Bookmark by Nick Robinson
page 75 (from Square)

3D Star by Rachel Katz
page 77 (from Square)

Coin Trick by Traditional
page 79 (from 2x1)

Japanese Schoolgirl by Nick Robinson
page 81 (from Square)

Three Crease Head by Paul Jackson
page 83 (from Square)

Dunce's Cap by Nick Robinson
page 84 (from Square)

Miniphant by Mike Dilkes
page 87 (from Square)

Elephant's Head by Nick Robinson
page 89 (from Square)

Shell by Steven Casey
page 92 (from Square)

Thoki's Butterfly by Thoki Yenn
page 96 (from Square)

Boaz's Butterfly by Boaz Shuval
page 97 (from Square)

Triplane by Nick Robinson
page 99 (from Square)

Chick by Kunihiko Kasahara
page 102 (from Square)

Fishy Sequence by Nick Robinson
page 105 (from Square)

Fish by Steven Casey
page 107 (from 2x1)

Biscuit Packet Closure by Edwin Corrie
page 109 (from Shaped)

A Fishy Tale by Michel Grand
page 110 (from Square)

Fox's Head by Brown, Wayne and Robinson, Nick
page 112 (from Square)

Envelope by Brown, Wayne and Lauinger, Doris
page 114 (from Square)

Ali's Dish 2 by Nick Robinson
page 116 (from Square)

Pureland Figure by Marc Kirschenbaum
page 119 (from Square)

Sailboat Envelope by Michael LaFosse
page 121 (from Square)

Dracula by Robin Glynn
page 123 (from Square)

Lazy Winston by Nick Robinson
page 125 (from Square)

Hen by Tony O'Hare
page 128 (from Square)

Chair by John Montroll
page 131 (from Square)

Jaws Fin by Nick Robinson
page 135 (from Square)

Boat by Martin Wall
page 137 (from Square)

Container by Nick Robinson
page 140 (from Square)

Face Envelope by Michel Grand
page 142 (from Square)

Mystery Object by Nick Robinson
page 145 (from Square)

Bluebell by Traditional
page 147 (from Square)

Shining Heart by Nick Robinson
page 151 (from Square)

Tulip Bowl by Peter Borcherds
page 153 (from Square)

Little Nicky by Nick Robinson
page 155 (from Square)

Makotokoma by Makoto Yamaguchi
page 157 (from Square)

Flood Bowl by Nick Robinson
page 161 (from Square)

Flapping Bird by Traditional
page 164 (from Square)

Droodle by Nick Robinson
page 166 (from Square)

Vase by Gay Merrill Gross
page 168 (from Square)

Hearts by Eric Kenneway
page 172 (from Square)

Lazy Susan by Traditional
page 175 (from Square)

Four Thirsty Birds by David Lister
page 177 (from Square)

Lovebirds by Robert Neale
page 179 (from 2x1)

Dragonfly by Anita Barbour
page 181 (from Square)

Snail by Robert Lang
page 183 (from Square)

For Dummies Man by Nick Robinson
page 187 (from Square)

Modular Star by Nick Robinson
page 191 (from Square)

Hexahedron by Nick Robinson
page 194 (from Square)

Emblem by Edwin Corrie
page 196 (from Square)

60-Degree Star by David Petty
page 198 (from Square)

Gomez Bowl by Nick Robinson
page 201 (from Square)

Pentagonal Star by David Brill
page 204 (from Square)

Fluted Module by Rocky Jardes
page 207 (from Square)

House by Wayne Brown
page 210 (from A format)

Chinese Frog by Traditional
page 216 (from Square)

Chinese Frog Variation by Roman Diaz
page 218 (from Square)

Dragon by Eric Joisel
page 221 (from Square)

Twist Flower by Yoshihide Momotani
page 224 (from Square)

Twist Decoration by Jeff Beynon
page 226 (from Square)

Four Compartment Box by Philip Shen
page 230 (from Square)

Perro Liberando by Luis Fernandez Perez
page 234 (from Square)

Santa by Ted Norminton
page 238 (from Square)

Aladdin by Max Hulme
page 242 (from Square)

Beetle by Grzegorz Bubniak
page 246 (from Square)

Mouse by Go Guspath
page 249 (from Square)

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