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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 Desi...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Princeton Architectural Press
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Lorenzo Diaz campos
No existen manuales para medir la estética y belleza en las creaciones de diseño, eso es cierto. Aun así este interesante tomo explica con sencillez y con una vasta cantidad de ilustraciones los elementos de proporción y composición que contribuyen indudablemente a crear objetos y construcciones notables. La autora revisa conceptos matemáticos y geométricos ancestrales que explican el talento humano para entender la naturaleza misma de la belleza.
Con delicadas inserciones en papel velum, elabora...more
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. After this initial material, the book launches into a series of examples involving art...more
Rebecca Perry
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.

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 good 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...more
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 into geometry and key posters of the past as well as furniture....Mies van der Rohe, Jules Cheret, A. M. Cassandre. I enjoyed learning about Root Rectangles and Golden Section rectangles and triangles, but that was only the first 42 pages of the book. I'm guessing this book might be a short study for a graphic designer.
May 11, 2008 Erik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: graphic designers, artists.
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.
Bought this after taking it out of the 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.
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. And I did.
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.
Jessie Moberg
If you like math and design, pick this book up.

It's nerd-tastic.

(The lovely images and diagrams are just an added bonus)
jonathan berger
A wide-ranging, lucid, and meticulously illustrated illumination in Design.
See-ming Lee
Fairly elementary but I like the translucent overlays. That's pretty cool.
Really sweet illustrations of the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio.
Jan 12, 2010 Libby rated it 4 of 5 stars
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fun and quick. great illustrations.
Christa Mcintyre
Excellent must have.
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Kimberly Elam is a writer, educator and graphic designer. She currently chairs the Graphic + Interactive Communication Department at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, where she has developed an academic minor in the Business of Art and Design. Her previous design education positions include the Kansas City Art Institute, North Carolina State University and The Ohio State Univer...more
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