'Papercraft 2': Digital Design Meets Analog Paper Art

A paper design book from Gestalten shows how artists are collaging and shredding their way to a new kind of storytelling

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Nearly two years ago, the fine folks of Gestalten brought us the exquisite Papercraft: Design and Art With Paper. Today, they're back with delicious, highly anticipated sequel: Papercraft 2—a stunning anthology of exploring how designers and artists are re-discovering the analog magic of paper in the digital age. Through a showcase of groundbreaking work, the collection reveals how designers are using various techniques—cutting, folding, gluing, collaging, shredding—to craft stride-stopping visual storytelling.

In addition to the 250 pages of mesmerizing artwork, the book features a DVD of the best paper-based stop-motion, animation, and music videos from the tipping point of this art form, unraveling the bleeding-edge creative potential of this age-old material.

Papercraft 2 - Book Teaser Video from Gestalten on Vimeo.

Needless to say, given my love for creative book trailers, Papercraft 2 gets serious bonus points for the lovely video sneak peek.

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Other Gestalten goodies I love: Data Flow 2, which collects seven years of data visualization eye candy in one place; Bompas and Parr: Return of the Jelly Knights, the fascinating microdocumentary about London's jelly architects; The Story of Eames Furniture, an astounding 800-page volume 13 years in the making documenting the golden duo of modernist design.


This post also appears on Brain Pickings.
Images: Die Gestalten Verlag

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Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK and GOOD, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

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