Korean Yes/No (2016)

by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine

The Korean Yes/No print consists of the crease pattern (bottom) and 3D folded form (top) of a folding design.


The crease pattern on bottom of this print folds into the 3D structure of 네 (“ne”, formal “yes” in Korean), while the gray inking in the sheet (bottom) comes together to form 아니요 (“aniyo”, formal “no” in Korean) in the background (top).

This piece represents the eternal binary conflict between “yes” and “no”, similar to our English Yes/No print.

The crease pattern was designed using an algorithm by Demaine, Demaine, and Ku (2010), which describes how to efficiently fold any orthogonal “maze” (including word outlines like SCIENCE) from a rectangle of paper. Red lines fold one way and blue lines fold the other way. To experiment with other designs, try our Maze Folder.


This piece is part a series of prints mixing folded and inked messages, described in more detail in our first piece, Yes/No (2011).

Last updated December 11, 2016 by Erik Demaine.