Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568982496
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Design Briefs Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Kimberly Elam is chairperson of the Graphic and Interactive Communication Department at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Proportion in Man and Nature
Cognitive Proportion Preferences 6
Proportion and Nature 8
Human Body Proportions in Classical Sculpture 12
Human Body Proportions in Classical Drawing 14
Facial Proportions 18
Architectural Proportions
Architectural Proportions 20
Le Corbusier's Regulating Lines 22
Golden Section
Construction of the Golden Section Rectangle 24
Golden Section Proportions 27
Golden Section and the Fibonacci Sequence 29
Golden Section Triangle and Ellipse 30
Golden Section Dynamic Rectangles 32
Root Rectangles
The Root 2 Rectangle Construction 34
DIN System of Paper Proportioning 36
Root 2 Dynamic Rectangles 37
Root 3 Rectangle 38
Root 4 Rectangle 40
Root 5 Rectangle 41
Comparison of Root Rectangles 42
Visual Analysis of Design 43
Folies-Bergere Poster 44
Job Poster 46
Bauhaus Ausstellung Poster 48
L'Intransigeant Poster 50
East Coast by L.N.E.R. Poster 54
Barcelona Chair 56
Chaise Longue 58
Brno Chair 60
Negerkunst Poster 62
Wagon-Bar Poster 64
Konstruktivisten Poster 66
Der Berufsphotograph Poster 68
Plywood Chair 70
Konkrete Kunst Poster 72
Illinois Institute of Technology Chapel 76
Beethoven Poster 78
Musica Viva Poster 82
Pedestal Chair 84
Vormgevers Poster 86
Furstenberg Porzellan Poster 88
Majakovskij Poster 90
Braun Handblender 92
Braun Aromaster Coffee Maker 94
Il Conico Kettle 96
Volkswagen Beetle 98
Postscript 101
Acknowledgments 102
Image & Photo Credits 103
Selected Bibliography 104
Index 105
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