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Practical and aesthetically pleasing, this visual meditation on the constituents of good design considers all manner of construction, form, and ornamentation. It answers many questions about design choices, from basic to specific, with clear, concise, and practical directions. The book's appeal lies chiefly in the integrity of its own design, consisting of hand-lettered text and pleasingly styled and proportioned illustrations.
Author Burl N. Osburn addresses basic questions — What are the qualities of good design, and how does balance affect design? What is good proportion, and how is ornament used? — and explores design choices in a variety of expressions. Featured arts and crafts include the use of wrought iron, methods of cutting wood, the decoration of clay and leather, the basic textile structures, the nature of the tapestry weave and design of block-printed textile, the development of repeat pattern and the geometry of repeating ornament, and attaining typographic unity. Students learn to analyze a project's requirements, draw up specifications, and design the final product. A valuable guide for teachers and students, this volume also constitutes a practical resource for professional and amateur artists and crafters.
Practical and aesthetically pleasing, this meditation on the constituents of good design considers all manner of construction, form, and ornamentation. It answers many questions about design choices, from basic to specific, with clear, condensed, and practical directions. Its appeal lies chiefly in the integrity of its own design, consisting of hand-lettered text and pleasingly styled and proportioned illustrations.
This guide to selecting appropriate materials and shaping them into useful, aesthetically pleasing forms answers many questions about design choices, from basic to specific, with clear, condensed, and practical directions. Numerous illustrations.
Table of Contents
What does "design" mean?What can the designer believe?Must the designer consider economics?What are the qualities of good design?How does the designer achieve beauty?How does the designer think out a plan?How are constructed articles described?How does the designer secure order?What is meant by the term "function"?How does balance affect design?What is good proportion?What are the purposes of ornament?How is ornament used?Should the designer understand symbolism?Can the circle be used in design?
What is a good curved line?How may curves be combined?How can the designer use wrought iron?
What are the design elements in thin metal?In what ways is cast metal used?How has metal been used in folk arts?How has the machine affected design in metal?Does structure influence design in wood?What methods of cutting wood are available?What decorative methods are used on wood?Need the designer know period styles?How is turned work designed?What are the types of turned work?How is a design for turned work used?What are the design elements in clay?
How is clay decorated?What are the forms of pottery vessels?
How are templates made for pottery?What design variables are there in leather?What decorative processes suit leather?What are the basic textile structures?How are textiles decorated?What is the nature of the tapestry weave?How is pattern weaving designed?How is the block-printed textile designed?How is the stencil designed?
How is a repeat pattern developed?
Is there a geometry of repeating ornament?What are the types of plastics?Can the handworker use plastics?What are the design elements in letters?What factors influence letter design?
How are new letters derived?What is an appropriate letter form?How is typographic unity attained?How is a regular type mass balanced?Can type pages balance on the vertical axis?How is good proportion attained?How is typography designed?Does paper count in typographic design?
What factors make a good book plate?
How is a measured drawing made?
How is a "morgue" formed?
Problems of analysis of requirementsProblems of functionProblems of orderProblems in balanceProblems in geometric formProblems in the use of free-hand curvesProblems in wrought ironProblems in thin-gauge metalsProblems in cast metalProblems in woodProblems in ceramicsProblems in leatherProblems in textilesProblems in graphic artsProblems in plasticsBibliography