Synopses & Reviews
DESIGN BASICS is a popular introduction to two-dimensional design. Each concept is presented in a full two- or four-page spread, making the text practical and easy for students to refer to while they work. The modular format also gives instructors the utmost flexibility in organizing their course. Visual examples from many periods, peoples, and cultures are provided for all elements and principles of design, and the diversity of illustrations also includes examples from nature and non-art sources, encouraging students to see these principles in the world.
About the Author
David A. Lauer is Emeritus Professor of Art at the College of Alameda.Stephen Pentak is Emeritus Professor of Art at Ohio State University and recently taught design courses in Cortona, Italy, in association with the University of Georgia. He is coauthor of Color Basics (Wadsworth 2004). He is also a painter with recent exhibitions at Linda Schwartz in Cincinnati, Susan Street in San Diego, and Kathryn Markel in New York. He is also the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship for 2002.
Table of Contents
Part I: DESIGN PRINCIPLES. 1. Design Process. 2. Unity. 3. Emphasis/Focal Point. 4. Scale/Proportion. 5. Balance. 6. Rhythm. Part II: DESIGN ELEMENTS. 7. Line. 8. Shape/Volume. 9. Texture. 10. Illusion of Space. 11. Illusion of Motion. 12. Value. 13. Color. Glossary.