Reinhart shares some of his secrets
Matthew Reinhart is one part artisan, two parts engineer (whole-parts creative god). Science Friday‘s video interview (above) shows some of the how and why behind the wonders Reinhart creates.
The LEGO and Transformer books shown are astounding. (My mouth literally dropped open. Don’t drink a beverage and watch the video. You have been warned.) He opens book after book to reveal complex contraptions coming to life as they unfold. (Watching the interview, I am thinking about the production of these books. Who is gluing all of this together?)
The video is short, but dense with pop-up foundational knowledge. Pop-ups, it seems, are simple forms and concepts, stacked upon simple forms and concepts, stacked upon … well you get the idea. Reinhart generously shows us some of those basic forms and gives us a primer in how they’re used. (Have you watched the video? It’s sort of the whole point of this post. If you haven’t watched the video, do that. I’ll wait.)
After watching the video you may find yourself wanting to play with pop-up books; to spend some time experimenting, exploring, and building. Well, then my friends, do I have the book for you!
I’m no Reinhart, but I have dabbled
A fan of them since childhood, I’ve played with pop-up books. I created a few simple cards. (As is the case with most cards I create—for birthdays of people I know, mostly—there is no photo evidence of them.**)