This page contains links to a number of articles about my origami work in recent years. There's also a few videos sprinkled among them.
- Paper Perfect: Robert Lang and the Science of Origami
In February 2014, Joshua Foer interviewed me. Virginia Quarterly Review published a transcript of the conversation.
- In Time-Lapse Videos, the Magic Unfolds
Robert Ito at the New York Times writes about the modern art of origami and the evolution of online tutorials and resources. Contains a slideshow with images from my exhibition at Art Center.
- A physicist's excursion into the deep art and science of origami
Larry Wilson at the Los Angeles Daily News writes about origami and my exhibition at Art Center.
- Art Folds Into Science In Robert Lang's Extreme Origami
Susan Karlin of Fast Company writes about my origami and shows some imagery from the exhibition at Art Center.
- Adding an Origami Doodle to the Fold
The Google Doodle for March 14, 2012, honored Akira Yoshizawa by folding their logo from origami. I designed and folded it. (See also here.)
- A Giant Origami Forest for Conservation International
An origami forest folded by me and Linda Mihara for Conservation International, event hosted by Harrison Ford
- TED.com: Idea + Square = Origami [video]
In March, 2008, I was invited to give an 18-minute talk at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Monterey. Here's my talk.
- New Yorker Magazine, "The Origami Lab"
New Yorker writer Susan Orlean ("The Orchid Thief") wrote an article about me, the Bug Wars, and the modern world of origami.
- Green Fuse Films: Between the Folds
Home page of Green Fuse Films, the producers of the Peabody award-winning origami documentary, "Between the Folds". Read all about the film, see some production stills, and order a DVD.
- Above the Fold: Mathematica Transforms Ancient Art of Origami
Wolfram Research does a short feature on how I use Mathematica to create (some) origami designs, including tessellations.
- The Big Idea: Extreme Origami (National Geographic)
An article and pictures of origami and its applications to science and technology, include a project I worked on, and a photograph and crease pattern for "Alamo Stallion, opus 384".
- The Unfolding Evolution of Origami
A live radio interview on the Colin McEnroe show on WNPR. There's an audio link on the web page.
- Brought Into the Fold of Robert Lang's Origami
An interview and photos on oh-I-see.com.
- Students use ancient art of origami to innovate
KSL (the local NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City) ran a story on the origami work at BYU, where I do some consulting/collaboration.
- Robert Lang: Art and Science [video]
An interview I gave at the Origami in Art and Engineering workshop at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.
- Robert Lang: Intro to Students [video]
Part II of an interview I gave at the Origami in Art and Engineering workshop at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.
- Robert Lang: Origami Applications [video]
Part III of an interview I gave at the Origami in Art and Engineering workshop at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.
- June, 2014 Events at the intersection of science and culture (New York Times)
Exhibitions on origami, including mine (and a photo of my scorpion)
- Robert J. Lang Origami: Original Approach and Unique Designs
AstrumPeople interviews me.
- PRI's The World: International Origami Artists Push the Boundaries
PRI does a report on the OrigamiUSA Annual Convention. There's an audio interview link at the top of the page.
- Paper Tale: The Life of an Origami Artist
NPR's Science Friday
- Humble paper becomes high art in hands of East Bay origami master
An article about me in my old stomping ground (Silicon Valley)'s paper. There's a slideshow here (which starts off with a mysterious 10-year-old photo).
- Boston Calling
BBC World Service does a quick interview as part of their half-hour show.
- Rethinking origami as "Folding Paper"
The opening of the "Folding Paper" exhibition in Sacramento. Shows a few of my works in the show.
- Origami in United Arab Emirates [Arabic]
My visit to Abu Dhabi, in United Arab Emirates, and a lecture presented at the Higher Colleges of Technology.
- Knowing when to Fold 'Em
An NSF-funded project I'm working on with Azita Emami and colleagues at Caltech.
- Artist folds science into origami
In June, I lectured at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress on (what else?) connections between origami, art, math, and science.
- PIMS Chats with Robert Lang
A visit to the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.
- New UCSC origami exhibit examines the intersection of math and the ancient Japanese art of folding paper
The UCSC exhibition opens. See this also in the Mercury News.
- Paper Shapers
More about the UCSC exhibition, with interviews with Erik Demaine and myself.
- Origami Math: Computational artists to show off paper masterpieces in tribute to UCSC professor
Article about an exhibition I'm in at UC Santa Cruz (along with Erik Demaine, Brian Chan, and a work by the late great Eric Joisel).
- Origami on a monumental scale
A review of a lecture I gave at Lafayette Library.
- East Bay origami master gets Google boost
Discusses the Google Doodle and associated art stuff.
- Robert J. Lang: The Art of Origami
A brief interview about origami, math, and their connections.
- American applied the art for telescope better than Hubble
A brief interview with me about origami's similarity to music and a description of the Eyeglass. (The headline is a bit overstated, I'd say.)
- The Mind-Bending Artistry of Robert Lang
An article with pictures from the Stanford Alumni Magazine.
- Artist of the Week: Robert J. Lang
Pictures and a short interview.
- Sharp Objex: Art Interview with Robert J. Lang
An interview and pictures of some of my origami work.
- Origami updated for the 21st century
An article and pictures from the British newspaper Metro.
- Systm: Insane Origami [video]
An internet TV interview on technical design, laser scribing, and satellites in origami.
- iPath Ad: the Making Of [video]
In 2008 I designed and folded some figures for an ad for a financial instrument. The producers put together this little "making-of" information.
- Masters of Origami and Shapers of the Lifelike
A review in the New York Times of the "Paper Transformed" exhibition at the Parrish Museum, which includes some of my work.
- Origami Master
Diablo Magazine has a nice article with a bunch of pictures of my work.
- One sheet of paper and a lot of patience
Debbie Hadley's About.com blog talks about my origami insects.
- Origami Transformed
An article about computational origami, with appearances by me, Brian Chan, and Erik Demaine.
- Illustration Revealed
A short interview with blogger and scientific illustrator Janet Chao.
- KGO ABC 7 News, "Taking origami into the future" [video]
A short interview that shows some of my laser-scribed origami figures.
- CNN, "Science of origami" [video]
A 4-minute interview with Kristie Lu Stout about how I use mathematical principles in origami design.
- TED 2008 Conference
At the end of March I gave a talk at the TED conference in Monterey. This is a brief review.
- Folding the Mac into Origami
Most of my origami computer work has been done on some flavor of Macintosh computer. Apple.com tells you about it.
- Wired Science, "The Origami Master" [video]
A 5-minute segment on my work using computational origami to design art and technological objects.
- The Institute (IEEE), "The Physics of Folding Paper"
A profile by Anna Bogdanowicz.
- New Yorker online, "Know When to Fold 'Em" [audio+slides]
Here Susan Orlean talks about the preceding article.
- Smithsonian Magazine, "Into the Fold"
Smithsonian writer Beth Jensen wrote an article about me, circle packing, and modern origami design.
- New York Times Magazine, "An Origami Flag" [video]
The Times Magazine asked 10 artists to design "green" flags to illustrate Thomas L. Friedman's cover story. Here's how I created mine.
- CBS News Sunday Morning [video]
This links to a video segment that CBS produced on a visit to my studio and to the Mingei Museum in San Diego, where I folded a monumental dragon.
- Folding the Giant Pteranodon
A writeup and series of progress photographs from my folding of a 16-foot wingspan origami Pteranodon for a permanent installation at the Redpath Museum of Natural History at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
- Contra Costa Times, "Physicist leaves artistic paper trail"
Writer Jennifer Modenessi interviewed me for our local newspaper group.
- Discover Magazine, "Extreme Origami"
An article by Discover magazine writer Jennifer Kahn about technical folding and its practitioners, including me.
- Virgin America's "Name Our Planes" website
In 2006, I was commissioned to design an origami version of an Airbus A320 for a Virgin America promotion. You can download instructions to fold your own airplane (and put your name on it) here.
- Assyrian Bull at the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Magazine commissioned an origami sculpture of a statue at the Oriental Institute. This articles describes my design process and shows the result.
- Gathering 4 Gardner 7 Conference
This article from the New York Times describes the Gathering 4 Gardner 7 Conference in Atlanta, which featured magicians, puzzlists, mathematicians -- and origami.
- Open Source Conference [video]
A video interview from the 2005 Game Developer's Conference in San Jose.
- Open Source Conference
Here's an article about a talk I gave at the 2005 O'Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) in Portland.
- The Connection [audio]
A radio call-in show on which I appeared in 2004. There is a link to replay the broadcast.
An article in ComputerWorld magazine about some of the scientific connections to origami.
- Artist in Residence at MIT
In 2004 I was invited to be artist-in-residence at MIT, where I worked with Professor Erik Demaine and taught several workshopes on origami composition and design.
- Boston Globe
A nice article in the Boston Globe about the public lecture I gave during my
artist-in-residence at MIT.
- Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger's take on the same lecture and visit.
- The Institute for Figuring
This is an advertisement for a talk I gave in Los Angeles about the mathematics and science of origami. It contains some interesting downloads, and links to further articles in LA Weekly and The New York Times about origami and mathematics.
- Quark Soup
Margaret Wertheim's column in the Los Angeles Weekly surveys various topics in technology and popular culture. This column talks about technical origami, including work by Hull, Kamiya, Mosely, me, and others.
- California Connected
A TV appearance I made for a local PBS station, on a program hosted by Sydnie Kohara. There's a link to streaming video of the show.
- Complexity Increases (Again)
In 1989, I wrote an article for the Caltech magazine Engineering & Science
about the burgeoning field of technical folding and made a couple of speculations about the future. In 2004, I revisited the topic in this article and how some of the wilder speculations had actually come to pass.
- The Sentinel
An article in our local paper about my exhibition at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in 2003.
- In The Fold
Barry Cipra's article for SIAM News appeared in 2001, reviewing some of the work presented at the 3rd Origami Science and Mathematics Meeting in 2001.
This article by Dana Mackenzie describes several of the new directions of origami, including work by Jeremy Shafer, myself, and others.
An article about the Livermore Eyeglass telescope and the work that I did on it.
- Wired Magazine
Wired magazine did a nice two-page spread of my composite (multi-sheet) composition, Allosaurus Skeleton. The link above gives the photo caption,
but no photograph, but you can see the actual thing here.