Today’s special Google logo is to honor the contributions of Akira Yoshizawa the individual credited with creating modern origami.
The Google logo is made up of true origami, in fact, Google explained how they did it and how you can also make the origami on the Google blog.
Akira Yoshizawa was born today 101 years ago and died at the age of 94 on his birthday.
He is known to have create over 50,000 pieces of origami work over his life, also writing 18 books and more importantly, he is known as the “grandmaster” of origami.
The Google logo was designed by an origami artist named Robert J. Lang. He described how he designed it:
To design these (or any letterform in this style), one can take a narrow strip of paper, fold it back and forth to trace the outline of the desired letter, unfold it, mark the creases, then arrange multiple copies of the strip pattern on a larger rectangle. The resulting crease pattern is moderately complex, and it gives a lovely 3-D form when folded, but conceptually, it is quite straightforward.
Again, you can build it yourself by downloading the PDFs and following the instructions on the Google blog.
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