Geometry of Design Studies in Proportion and Composition

ISBN-10: 1568982496

ISBN-13: 9781568982496

Edition: 2001

Authors: Kimberly Elam

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At last, a mathematical explanation of how art works presented in a manner we can all understand. Kimberly Elam takes the reader on a geometrical journey, lending insight and coherence to the design process by exploring the visual relationships that have foundations in mathematics as well as the essential qualities of life. Geometry of Design-the first book in our new Design Briefs Series-takes a close look at a broad range of twentieth-century examples of design, architecture, and illustration (from the Barcelona chair to the Musica Viva poster, from the Braun handblender to the Conico kettle), revealing underlying geometric structures in their compositions. Explanations and techniques of visual analysis make the inherent mathematical relationships evident and a must-have for anyone involved in graphic arts. The book focuses not only on the classic systems of proportioning, such as the golden section and root rectangles, but also on less well known proportioning systems such as the Fibonacci Series. Through detailed diagrams these geometric systems are brought to life giving an effective insight into the design process.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Kimberly Elam teaches in the Department of Industrial Design at Ohio State University & is a principle partner in her design consulting firm.

Proportion in Man and Nature
Cognitive Proportion Preferences
Proportion and Nature
Human Body Proportions in Classical Sculpture
Human Body Proportions in Classical Drawing
Facial Proportions
Architectural Proportions
Architectural Proportions
Le Corbusier's Regulating Lines
Golden Section
Construction of the Golden Section Rectangle
Golden Section Proportions
Golden Section and the Fibonacci Sequence
Golden Section Triangle and Ellipse
Golden Section Dynamic Rectangles
Root Rectangles
The Root 2 Rectangle Construction
DIN System of Paper Proportioning
Root 2 Dynamic Rectangles
Root 3 Rectangle
Root 4 Rectangle
Root 5 Rectangle
Comparison of Root Rectangles
Visual Analysis of Design
Folies-Bergere Poster
Job Poster
Bauhaus Ausstellung Poster
L'Intransigeant Poster
East Coast by L.N.E.R. Poster
Barcelona Chair
Chaise Longue
Brno Chair
Negerkunst Poster
Wagon-Bar Poster
Konstruktivisten Poster
Der Berufsphotograph Poster
Plywood Chair
Konkrete Kunst Poster
Illinois Institute of Technology Chapel
Beethoven Poster
Musica Viva Poster
Pedestal Chair
Vormgevers Poster
Furstenberg Porzellan Poster
Majakovskij Poster
Braun Handblender
Braun Aromaster Coffee Maker
Il Conico Kettle
Volkswagen Beetle
Image and Photo Credits
Selected Bibliography
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