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Pop-up design

Pop-up design revolution

Pop-up books used to be simple and basic. The classic way of making a page pop-up is when a page opens in a 90 degree angle. The newest trend in pop-up books is when the pop-up book design is a “spread pop-up”. A spread pop-up is a pop-up that pops out when you look at the book layed down with the pages of the book wide open. This way pop-up design makes the pop up experience much stronger and realistic. Most new pop-up books are based on this spread technique.

Pop-in, pop-out

Matthew Reinhart en Robert Sabuda often say that it’s harder to make a pop-up pop-in instead of pop-out. Designing a complex pop-up that pops-in without damaging is the real challenge. Even for paper engineers like Reinhart and Sabuda. Their way of making a pop-up design is way more advanced than the average pop up design. To see how they work, take a look at the top ten list of best pop-up books and the list of pop-up authors. You’ll be amazed about what’s possible!

Make your own pop-up design

If you want to learn how to make a pop-up spread, you can take a look at our How to make a pop-up book page on this site. On this page you’ll find links to pop-up designers (paper engineers) and links to tutorials and books that help you to create your own pop-up design.

Most pop-up designs are based on a few basic pop-up techniques like pull, tilt, spin and lifting elements. Not only the popping-out part is important. A good paper engineer also works with motion and animates the way a pop up folds out and moves. This makes the effect and experience of interaction even stronger.

Titles about how to make a pop-up book yourself

There are books that teach you how to make a pop-up book or pop-ups and learn how to use all basic pop-up techniques. This is a list of books that teach you how to make your own pop-ups and if you’re good enough, how to make your own-pop up book. Let us know if you know any books about this subject to make this list more complete.

Playing with Pop-ups

playing pop-ups paper designEnter the enchanting world of pop-ups and handmade paper crafts. This book guides you through materials, tools and pop-up basics including parallel folds, angle folds, combinations and variations, and layered pop-ups. Enjoy creating 20 projects to play with ranging from cards and books to buildings, graphic design pieces, and more, plus access to downloadable templates.

Difficulty: Beginner


Author: Helen Hiebert
Amazon: Playing with Pop-ups: The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs

The Pop-Up Book: Step-by-Step Instructions

step by step pop-up bookThe magical qualities of three-dimensional and moving books have universal appeal. The Pop-Up Book offers a clear and practical guide to the pop-up papercrafts for all levels of artist, from home hobbyists to professional graphic designers and architects. It includes specific projects with easy-to-follow steps, general techniques for personal experimentation and creativity, and a gallery of designs created by some of today’s best pop-up artists for an inspirational finish.

Difficulty: Intermediate


Author: Paul Jackson
Amazon: The Pop-Up Book: Step-by-Step Instructions

Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics

Paper Mechanics pop-up designThis comprehensive guide is a delightful introduction to a fun and fascinating craft-and it’s perfect for designers, illustrators, and hobbyists. The author’s accessible and logical approach to pop-ups eliminates measuring and requires only card, scissors and glue to make highly complex folding sculptures. He demonstrates how to construct sophisticated pop-up designs, fashion a 3D reference book, design beautiful greeting cards, and more.

Difficulty: Intermediate


Author: Duncan Birmingham
Amazon: Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture

Cut and Fold Techniques for Pop-Up Designs

cut fold Techniques pop-up designLearn the best techniques for making pop-up spreads or cards, this book takes paper to a 3D level. A great start for those who want to know how to make pop a up-book and pop-ups. Each chapter introduces a new technical idea and show how that technique can be adapted in many different ways, or combined with techniques from earlier chapters.

Difficulty: Intermediate


Author: Paul Jackson
Amazon: Cut and Fold Techniques for Pop-Up Designs

Elements of Pop-up

elements pop-up design

Here at last is the definitive book on how to make a pop-up. Every aspect of the creation of a pop-up, known as paper engineering, is clearly and thoroughly covered. This book gives you not only all tehniques but also real examples of pop-ups in the book itself. All types of parallel folds, angle folds, wheels, and pull tabs are accurately detailed verbally and visually, flat and in dimension. This guided tour is perfect for aspiring pop-up creators, paper engineers, students, and appreciators of this unique art form.

Difficulty: Advanced


Author: James Diaz and David A. Carter
Amazon: Elements of Pop UpHow to make a pop up book