Public Diagram Project

I started the Public Diagram Project while I was running the Origami Weekly blog (you can see the project’s original launch page here). It originally happened because I posted a diagram of a crane variation I’d come up with– only to be told that I’d rediscovered a traditional model! I realized that a lot of traditional models weren’t widely known at all, and even the more popular ones only existed in copyright-protected forms. So I started this project; the aim is to provide a collection of high-quality diagrams for clever and obscure traditional models, available to everyone.

Each of these diagrams will be released under a Creative Commons license, so you can share, teach, and adapt any of these without breaking any copyright laws. If you would like to translate these into a different language, or change the layout to accommodate different publication standards, please contact me and I can send you the original .svg files for whichever diagram(s) you’re interested in.

I’ve recently been doing some research on origami history, in part as a way of verifying that the models I’m diagramming are indeed traditional– models have been mislabelled before and I don’t want to perpetuate that sort of mistake. So for each model I post, there will be a short paragraph on the historical documentation of the model, and my reasons for categorizing it as traditional.

The following diagrams are currently available:


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