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Exploring the Elements of Design (Design Exploration)by Poppy Evans
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With the same straightforward approach and dynamic examples that made the first edition so popular, this fully revised second edition of Exploring The Elements of Design again presents the very latest in graphic design concepts side by side with some of the best contemporary design work. Created by two leading designer-educators as a very practical and very visual introduction to the art of graphic design, this richly illustrated full-color book offers clear explanations of the fundamental principles, award-winning examples of professional work, and diagrams that clearly show how these principles operate in successful design solutions. Coverage begins with primary design elements, moves on to the use of color, typography, and imagery, and concludes with an overview of the field of graphic design and related career options. The revised second edition adds new and insightful material on creative thinking, visual problem-solving, and research strategies used to pursue effective design solutions plus Web and New Media applications to reflect the most current media design trends--all designed to prepare readers for success in every aspect of the ever-changing world of graphic design.
Book News Annotation:
Evans and Thomas (both with The Art Academy of Cincinnati) provide a textbook for introductory- to intermediate-level design majors and non-design professionals needing a primer of design basics. Coverage includes visual fundamentals, the psychology and visual processes that are the basis for visual communication, how design fundamentals work in the design industry, the use of color in design, type basics, and the graphic design profession. Illustrated in color, with examples from professionals in the field.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Learn how basic design elements and principles work together to achieve effective communication design by artfully blending academic principles and theories with real-world, practical design solutions. This concise new book begins with the primary design principles of unity, variety, hierarchy, and proportion. Subsequent chapters explore the support principles of scale, balance, repetition, and proximity, and later the elements of shape, line, size, color, texture, imagery, and typography. Profiles of successful designers with samples from their portfolios round out the extensive coverage and offer personal glimpses into the careers of working professionals.
About the Author
Mark Thomas is Professor and Chair of the Communication Arts Department at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he has been teaching for 25 years. Mark has developed courses in design research methods, illustration, and design systems as well as a thesis program for communication arts. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, and published author who has designed numerous exhibitions, catalogues, and posters for graphic designers, fine artists, and illustrators. An award winning designer for educational board game design, he holds a U.S. Patent for an educational color demonstration device and method for teaching color theory. He also serves as President of the Board for AIGA Cincinnati.
Table of Contents
Defining the Language of Design. Graphic Techniques that Create Visual Interest. Using Color Effectively. Type Basics. Handling Images. Profiles and Portfolios.
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