The art of paper folding, origami, originated in Japan in the 17th century AD. Many qualities that make a skilled origami master transfer over to web design:
Paper folding, like web design, takes time and practice. The more experience you have, the better you become. Don’t expect to become a master overnight.
Origami and web design have many templates and design patterns to replicate and learn from. You can also create your own masterpiece with both art forms.
Origami and web design teach hand-eye coordination. Guided by the eye, the hand manipulates paper (origami) and a mouse or stylus (web design).
Origami teaches spatial relationships between the various fold sizes and patterns, while web design teaches the spatial relationships between text and graphic elements.
Both origami and web design use shapes as the basis of design.
There are usually 2 matching folds in origami, just as there are opening and closing tags in HTML.
Origami objects start out as a flat, square sheet of paper. Web design starts out with a tree diagram or site map. Both require the builder to visualize the outcome of the project.
Both origami and web design require logic to perform each step of the design process. “If, then” thinking is required by both mediums.
Origami and web design require tenacity and self motivation to complete the task.
The final product gives joy and a sense of accomplishment to the builder.
Consider learning a few origami folds to help develop your skills as a web designer.
PS – Soon we will say Sayonara to 2011 Year of the Rabbit, and usher in 2012 Year of the Dragon! Let it be a year of Web Design goodness! Peace y’all!
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