Text by Daniel Scher
Jiahui Li is a 29-year old origami artist from China who excels at designing cute animals. He, along with other folders in China, uses the term “syn” and the smiley notation '-' as shorthand for describing a folding structure of the head that gives it a cute appearance with small, diamond-shaped eyes. Li, in fact, is better known as syn∞ on Twitter. He is the founder of the new online origami magazine Ori-Fancy, which features step-by-step photo diagrams from Chinese creators. Li’s baby penguin, presented here in photo diagram form, is a good example of the “syn” style that Li has so deftly employed across many of his designs.