Origami Design Secrets Second Edition is a pretty awesome book that’s huge and looks amazing. It’s like a giant origami textbook with about 750 pages.
Origami Design Secrets teaches various origami design techniques. Each chapter covers a different technique such as circle packing, grafting, box pleating and more and ends with a couple of diagrams or crease patterns for models that use those techniques.
Before reading this book I didn’t know anything about how origami models are designed. After reading it however I now recognize various techniques and when I fold something from a diagram or look at a crease pattern I can understand why certain parts are as they are.
I still can’t really fold something straight from a crease pattern but now I’m able to look at them and see where the different techniques are used.
That being said if you truly want to get the most value out of this book you need to take a long time to go through everything. You need to study each chapter, possibly take your own notes and definitely try folding all the models at the end of each chapter and you definitely have to practice with each technique.
However even though I just casually read through the book I was still able to gain a large amount of insight into the world of origami design and like I said earlier now when I fold things I’m noticing the different techniques and I understand a little better how the designer created the model.
There is some math in this book however there isn’t too much and it’s definitely not overwhelming. You could probably even skip over the odd page of mathematical formulas and still more or less understand the techniques in the book.
I would definitely recommend this book for intermediate to advanced origami folders who would like to understand the art of origami a little bit better or who want to start designing their own models.
If you’re a really casual origami folder and just interested in folding a couple of simple models then this book probably isn’t for you. It’ll feel like a university level textbook on origami theory and design.
However if a university level textbook on origami theory and design sounds awesome to you then I would highly recommend that you pick this book up and slowly work your way through it. You definitely don’t want to rush through this book.