Plasma Mobile Components -> Kirigami (?)

Dirk Hohndel dirk at
Wed Feb 24 15:47:54 UTC 2016

On Feb 23, 2016, at 12:51, Thomas Pfeiffer <thomas.pfeiffer at> wrote:
> We had ideas like "slide", "paper" or "blocks" flying around, but then Alex 
> Longo came up with Origami, which in turn led him to "Kirigami".
> For those of you who (like the rest of the brainstorming team) don't know what 
> Kirigami is: It's a technique similar to Origami, which adds cutting to 
> folding.
> It is physical, it is creative, kinda playful without being childish, and it's 
> far less common than Origami, which helps with searchability.

I'm always dismayed when projects have names of existing real things. Especially in the early days that makes searching for answers such a pain...

> Now you might think "Won't people make fun of the name because it has a K in 
> it?". They might, but the cool thing is: Whenever someone does, all we need to 
> reply with is " " and they'll feel like the lazy 
> dumbos that they are. 
> We could even play with it immediately when announcing the name, saying 
> something like "You all know how much we love names with a K, but this time, 
> instead of just randomly replacing Cs with Ks, we found a name that comes with 
> a built-in K (thank you, Japanese)!"
> Like Material Design, Kirigami would be more than just a set of UI components, 
> it comes with its own design philosophy documented in the HIG.
> Since it would in the future encompass not only mobile, but - following the 
> convergence paradigm - QtQuick-based desktop applications as well, we want all 
> of the team to be on board with the name. 
> So, does anybody see potential pitfalls or other problems with the name? If 
> so, speak up!

Can you give a few example usages?

I smoked some Kirigami but I can stop anytime...

More seriously, would you expect us to write "Subsurface-mobile is based on Kirigami"?
"... uses Kirigami"?
"... is a Kirigami project"?


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