London-based production studios Anomaly and Unit9 are collecting and requesting patterns donated by artists, which users can print out with instructions to make origami cranes in exchange for a donation to disaster relief in Japan. The project, called One Thousand Cranes for Japan, coems from a Japanese legend that says a person who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish.
Artists involved so far include Todd Selby, of The Selby, Laura Quick, Actop, Zeitguised, Tokyo Plastic, Matt Lyon and Brian Grimwood (see above image). New artists are added each day. The project is unique in its integration of design and art, and most importantly, relief for Japan.