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Business Origami Workshop at UX Week 2011

Jess McMullin

I had the great pleasure of teaching a business origami workshop at Adaptive Path’s 2011 UX Week conference.

Business origami is a paper prototyping method for complex systems invented by the Hitachi Design Center, but reverse engineered by myself after a dinner conversation with a visiting Japanese researcher. Any flaws in how I present or use the method are entirely my own.

That comes to the forefront as I teach and share this method. Teaching demands clarity, and this is the most documented that business origami has been in my own practice, too.

Below is the slide deck from the workshop. If you’re interested in learning more, please get in touch.

2 Responses to “Business Origami Workshop at UX Week 2011”

  1. Barbara says:

    Hi Jess,

    Interesting slides!
    However I am still left with one important question.
    What’s the added value of business origami over a desktop walkthrough. When i saw your presentation i had the feeling that this method gives you the ability to visualise a business model. But apart from that, it is basically the same as desktop walkthrough… isn’t it?

    what do you think about the novelty of this approach?


    • Jess McMullin says:


      Sorry if it’s not clear in the presentation – business origami most definitely is a desktop walkthrough method. That’s why the deck moves from walkthroughs to business origami, and in the actual workshop we talk about that evolution.

      It just provides additional structure & vocabulary at lower cost than using Lego or Playmobil. The notion of identifying value exchange is something specific to business origami that could be adapted in other walkthroughs, too.

      I don’t know how familiar the Hitachi Design folks were with other walkthrough approaches when they started using business origami.

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