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A Tectonic Pop-Up Book September 15, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, book design, Content, Paper, Video

  The supercontinent Pangaea that connected South America and Africa broke apart 200 million years ago. What a better way to convey the moving and shaking of the earth within a physical object than within the confines of a movable book. In ‘The Pangaea Pop-up’ Lesson at TED-Ed, animator Biljana Labovic explains how she and her team of animators created a pop-up book to visualize Pangaea — and how you can make your own.    …

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Animated Pop-Up Books March 12, 2013

Welcome to the world of animated pop-up books, a healthy new genre which combines the art of paper engineering with animation.Above is an entertaining trailer for Il étais une fois [Once upon a time] by Benjamin Lacombe, where a white rabbit guides us through a sampling of childhood classics.Below is one of the wildest things I have seen – a pop-up book of papercuts transformed into a stage for a projected animation.Of course the big boys…

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Springing to Life: An Exhibit of Movable Books and Mechanical Devices April 4, 2012

Currently on view at the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library Rare Books and Special Collections Department is “Springing to Life,” an exhibit of over 50 pop-up and moveable books spanning nearly 500 years. These are books “that spring to life before our eyes” and showcase the amazing work of paper engineers.   David Carter’s “One Red Dot: A Pop-up for Children of All Ages” (2005) Exactly what is the difference between a “pop-up” book and…

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Waldo Hunt and Pop-Up Books: A Brief Overview November 30, 2009 – Posted in: book arts, book design, Paper

Meggendorfer, Lothar. Travels of Little Lord Thumb and His Man Damian. London: H. Grevel, n.d. [1890s]. The pop-up or moveable book has come a long way since the groundbreaking work of Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925), the gifted Munich-based illustrator who brought visual sophistication, innovative paper engineering with complex mechanics, and humor to movable books. The Genius of Lothar Meggendorfer: A Movable Toy Book. New York: Random House , 1985. After Meggendorfer, the form declined amongst artists…

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