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Authors: Kimberly Elam
ISBN-13: 9781568982496, ISBN-10: 1568982496
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Date Published: August 2001
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Kimberly Elam

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

Book Synopsis

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction5
Proportion in Man and Nature
Cognitive Proportion Preferences6
Proportion and Nature8
Human Body Proportions in Classical Sculpture12
Human Body Proportions in Classical Drawing14
Facial Proportions18
Architectural Proportions
Architectural Proportions20
Le Corbusier's Regulating Lines22
Golden Section
Construction of the Golden Section Rectangle24
Golden Section Proportions27
Golden Section and the Fibonacci Sequence29
Golden Section Triangle and Ellipse30
Golden Section Dynamic Rectangles32
Root Rectangles
The Root 2 Rectangle Construction34
DIN System of Paper Proportioning36
Root 2 Dynamic Rectangles37
Root 3 Rectangle38
Root 4 Rectangle40
Root 5 Rectangle41
Comparison of Root Rectangles42
Visual Analysis of Design43
Folies-Bergere Poster44
Job Poster46
Bauhaus Ausstellung Poster48
L'Intransigeant Poster50
East Coast by L.N.E.R. Poster54
Barcelona Chair56
Chaise Longue58
Brno Chair60
Negerkunst Poster62
Wagon-Bar Poster64
Konstruktivisten Poster66
Der Berufsphotograph Poster68
Plywood Chair70
Konkrete Kunst Poster72
Illinois Institute of Technology Chapel76
Beethoven Poster78
Musica Viva Poster82
Pedestal Chair84
Vormgevers Poster86
Furstenberg Porzellan Poster88
Majakovskij Poster90
Braun Handblender92
Braun Aromaster Coffee Maker94
Il Conico Kettle96
Volkswagen Beetle98
Postscript101
Acknowledgments102
Image & Photo Credits103
Selected Bibliography104
Index105

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