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Kimberly Elam takes the reader on a geometrical journey, lending insight and Geometry of Design-the first book in our new Design Briefs Series-takes a close. Geometry of Design has ratings and 19 reviews. Jack said: Designers and artists will be intrigued by Kimberly Elam’s visually rich investigation of p. Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition Second Edition, Revised and Updated. Kimberly Elam. 1. Princeton Architectural.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Geometry of Design by Kimberly Elam. Studies in Proportion and Composition by Kimberly Elam. 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 Desi At last, a mathematical explanation of how art works presented in a manner we can all understand.

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 kettlerevealing 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.

Paperback96 pages. Published August 1st by Princeton Architectural Press. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Geometry of Designplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 28, Jack Keely rated it it was amazing. My ability to illustrate was definitely sharpened by my years in design school working with grid systems and analyzing the composition of posters and page layouts.

She relates the forms in design, architecture, and art to naturally occurring forms such as a Nautilus shell or a pine cone. I am fascinated by Ms. Judging by the fact that the book has been published in nine languages, apparently other readers are fascinated as well. Aug 31, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: The golden ratio in design – it does a great job of highlighting the use of the golden ratio as it has vellum pages illustrating the design proportions overlaying a photograph of the actual object.

Jul 07, Erika Mulvenna rated it it was amazing Shelves: A great little book about geometry and design with a focus on the golden ratio and root rectangles.

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I really liked the use of overlays to show clear geometry of easy to identify designs. Would recommend to anyone interested in the golden ratio in art and design. Dec 19, Lorenzo Diaz campos rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 19, Don rated it really liked it.

This is a short book on design and composition that focuses on a handful of popular ratios and geometrical constructions and then overlays those constructions on professional design work and architecture to reveal the geometric framework underpinning the works of art. The initial geometric portion of the book focuses on the golden rectangle and root rectangles, showing how they are constructed and subdivided.

Geometry of Design

After this cesign material, the book launches into a series of examples involving art This is a short book on design and composition that focuses on a kimberlg of popular ratios and geometrical constructions and then overlays those constructions on professional design work and architecture to reveal the geometric framework underpinning the works of art.

After this initial material, the book launches into a series of examples involving art ranging across the 20th century. The book has two weaknesses. First, the examples are heavily slanted towards graphic design work of the early 20th century. A more even spread of examples would have been eelam. Second, the analysis of examples often requires the introduction of many geometric concepts that were not covered in the introductory sections.

Perhaps the book should have been longer and covered more material. These complaints aside, it’s a very useful work on geometric composition.

Nov 16, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m obviously guessing at the date I finished this book. I remember taking it out of the library at University and hanging it on to it until they wouldn’t let me renew anymore.

Geometry of Design 2nd Ed : Studies in Proportion and Composition

I loved the velum paper overlays of the geometry of well know pieces of art and design. I always love to know that what I’m doing, where I’m putting something in a composition is for a damn grometry reason, like a law of mathematics! It’s obviously not always the case that I do everything to strict geometric rules, but it’s a I’m obviously guessing at the date I finished this book. It’s obviously not always the case that I do everything to strict kimnerly rules, but it’s a good basis and now a subconcious thing I do when designing, and I think that seeing in black and white in the book helped cement that.

I’ve recently asked for this book for a Christmas pressie- fingers crossed for Santa so I’ll always have it to refer to. It is a brilliant collection of design examples and how they follow proportion and composition rules.

It covers pieces from classic paintings to architecture starting with a digestible theoretical ground that holds the hand of the reader through the vast ammount of examples. The displayed pieces are analysed through several glasses and the use of semi transparent paper on top to overlay the relationship between elements.

Well achieved and a great reference book, I recommend this one to everyone It is a brilliant collection of design examples and how they follow proportion and composition rules.

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Kimberlt achieved and a great reference book, I recommend this one to everyone that wants to open their perception on how some beautiful proportions work.

Feb 09, Pj rated it liked it Shelves: I’m not a person that is trained in design, but I love the correlation between nature and geometry. The book started out with those comparisons, but went ikmberly geometry and key posters of the past as well as furniture Mies van der Rohe, Jules Cheret, A. I enjoyed learning about Root Rectangles and Golden Section rectangles and triangles, but that kimbwrly only the first 42 pages of the book.

I’m guessing this book might be a short study for a graphic designer. Kimnerly 11, Erik rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Yet another essential volume for a graphic designer’s library.

It’s small, it’s quick, it’s priceless. I generally dislike graphic design books. They tend to be written by knowledgeable folks who love reading their own incoherent words coughRANDcough.

Kimberly Elan’s books–Grid Systems being another–are worth every penny you pay for them as far as I’m concerned. Aug 30, L rated it liked it. Bought this after taking it out of kimbrrly library. Worth having as a reference, but honestly, this whole Golden Section debate is absurd.

She justifies its use when the overlays don’t even line up the way she describes. But a good exercise. Jul 20, Bjm Index added it Shelves: Jan 21, Meagan rated it really liked it. Really sweet illustrations of the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio. Jan 12, Libby rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 19, See-ming Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: Fairly elementary but I like the translucent overlays.

Apr 02, Jessie Moberg rated it really liked it Shelves: If you like math and design, pick this book up. The lovely images and diagrams are just an added bonus. Aug 16, Erica Chang rated it really liked it. Oct 22, jonathan berger rated it really desihn it.

A wide-ranging, lucid, and meticulously illustrated illumination of Geometey 09, Christa Mcintyre rated it it was amazing. May 03, Joshua rated it really liked it. Another great from Princeton Architectural Press. Makes proportion in design dead simple, and doesn’t expect visual people to learn via math equations. Just show me, and I’ll get it. Mkd rated it did not like it Sep 06, Luke Dorny rated it really liked it Nov 08, Samantha rated it liked it Apr 02, Nurg rated it liked it Feb 01, Marie Joy rated it liked it Nov 21, Rob Duncan rated it liked it Mar 19, Katie rated it really liked it Sep 29, Farzad Sadjadi rated it really liked it Aug 12,