Robert Sabuda is a paper engineer who designs pop-up books. He — with collaborators — is now running an Indiegogo campaign to put together three Mysterious Cases: boxes that come with clues, props, puzzles and locks. He was good enough to answer some questions for me:
ES: The trailer and photos make these look really appealing and tactile — it looks like there’s a lot of physical manipulation of props to solve these puzzles. And I know you’re a pop-up book artist and have done a lot of past projects that involve manipulating a book in order to bring about, as your FAQ says, a “WOW” moment. What qualities in a pop-up most contribute to delivering that sense of wonder?
RS: I think what it really comes down is providing a sense of a wonder and magic. We like to be surprised, and maybe even a bit fooled, when we’re unable to come up with answer to “how did THAT happen?” Pop-up books and interactive experiences, like the Mysterious Cases, supply that in droves. We want to wrestle a bit and be delighted by new discoveries and the magic of the moment.