Help Yourself to a Blue Banana: Awakening Your Eyes to Art, Design and Visual Living

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In this brightly written work, designer Michael Adams describes the building blocks that anchor visual expression. Nine chapters reveal the secrets (called lessons of ... light) that bring emotional meaning to visual experience. At the same time, a new and intriguing way of life, named “visual living,” is illuminated, with dozens of surprising examples of how the visible world changes forever when we enthusiastically embrace it. This is art and design made easy, even for people who rarely read books. Whether it’s art we find in the best museums, designs for a garden or a family scrapbook, advertising graphics, your own photographs or fashions, classic architecture, or even a romantic tattoo . . . they’re all part of modern visual reality. Based on the author’s university lectures, “Blue Banana” is written carefully for easy comprehension. Adams uncovers surprising examples to explore no matter where we look. He shows how visual inspirations are often “hiding” in plain sight, or found online in dozens of image searches that are suggested throughout the book. As a bonus, the wisdom of more than thirty of history’s most famous artists fills the pages. Unique references to their work and philosophies are expanded with examples taken from Adams’ own international design career. Beyond this, and even for readers who are already artists, Blue Banana brings to light and then effectively neutralizes hundreds of everyday preconceptions that often box in creativity and hold back genuinely innovative thought. Many readers undergo a change in perception as the last page is turned. It might mean more confidence visiting a museum, better fashion judgment, extra fun with a vacation camera, or even knowing what to say when little children show off their art. By translating art and design into nine simple ideas, named here lessons of light, we finally see what art is saying, we understand the questions it asks. This book makes art and design much easier to understand and, su Read more Show Less

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  • ISBN-13: 9780977087907
  • Publisher: Behind the Scenes Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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