Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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NOFO or NO Fold Origami
 
NOFO or NO Fold Origami is an extreme style of minimalist origami which does away with the folding element of paperfolding entirely. This is clearly a contradiction, yet the idea is an interesting one. I do not know who first thought of the idea, although I would like to.

There seem to be three different types of NOFO designs.

First there are those which depend on giving an unfolded sheet of paper of some particular shape or colour a good title. You might call a white sheet of paper 'Snowman in Snow' for example. The best example of this is Tung Ken Lam's 'Red Square' (although I understand that the pun only works in English).

Then there are those which are not only NOFO but also conceptual designs. Two examples of my own designs of this type are shown below.

Finally there are designs made by combining a number of unfolded sheets in an arrangement. If you use sticky notes for this purpose the designs will hold together by themselves, or can be attached to a window, when the translucent property of the sheets can come into play. I have not done this, but it clearly be possible to build up large images by using sticky notes as pixels, either using various colours or by layering them to produce darker and lighter areas.

It is also worth mentioning here that in the 1990's Jeremy Shafer circulated a graphics file for a design called 'Invisible Monkey.' The file was, of course, empty.

 
Conceptual Designs
 
 
 
Sticky Note Designs
 
  Name: Circle of Squares (1)

Description: Multiple sheet sticky note NOFO design - the logo of Water Trade publications.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005.

Diagrams: Sticky Note Origami - David Mitchell - Collins and Brown - ISBN 1-84340-227-0

 
  Name: Circle of Squares (2)

Description: Multiple sheet sticky note NOFO design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005.

Diagrams: Sticky Note Origami - David Mitchell - Collins and Brown - ISBN 1-84340-227-0

 
  Name: Suncatcher

Description: Multople sheet translucent sticky note NOFO design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005.

Diagrams: Published as Hippy Suncatcher in Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8. // On-line diagrams are available from the Message Note Designs page of this site.