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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Desifn See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Design Basics by David A. Design Basics by David A. Each concept is presented in a full two- or four-page spread, making the text eesign and easy for students to refer to while they work.

The modular format also gives instructors the utmost flexibility in organizing their course. Visual examples from many periods, peoples, and cultures are provided for all elements and principles of design, and the diversity of illustrations also includes examples from nature and non-art sources, encouraging editkon to see these principles in basivs world. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Design Basicsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 25, Rama rated it really liked it. This is the right book to start learning the real way to design, it is simple but rich.

It is full of illustrated examples and great works of art.

This book will teach you that all you need to have in order to be stephrn designer is curiosity. This was a good basic introduction to art and design principles. I took this class because I wanted to learn the basic principles of design, and it was an invaluable class. I think that I learned more from the teacher’s lectures and examples she showed in class than I did from the book, but it was helpful to get editioj didactic instruction with the book.

I got a copy that was black and white, except for the color chapter. I think it would have been helpful to have more color images, but the exampl This was a good basic introduction to art and design principles.


I think it would have been helpful to have more color images, but the examples were pretty good that they used for the concepts. You learn by doing when it comes to art, but it definitely helps to have a place to start, and then use this foundation to figure out what you want to do with your art. Took me almost exactly two years to read, I note.

My sister’s boyfriend gave me this book sstephen I’d asked him for some help learning how to improve my page layout and design skills, and this is what I was basixs.

Let it be known that this book does nothing whatever to aid in that quest; it did, however, teach me a lot of things about art that I hadn’t known before. Which isn’t saying much, admittedly: I am psntak ignorant about fine art.

Things like light, perspective, color, balance, rhythm, and all of those sorts of topics were covered and I am now marginally less stupid about my sister and future brother-in-law’s professions. Mostly, though, I’m just glad I finally got this off cavid my “currently reading” shelf. There’s a reason I never pursued art.

A lot of this is just small blocks of text. About two sentences for concepts then the rest describes artwork that has been copied onto most of the pages. Not a very helpful reference book.

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The only chapter that I found useful was the one on color. But that’s not enough for me to want to keep the book. I’m glad I only rented it for my college course. Eidtion book is a great introductory design textbook. It lays out the concepts and principles very well. I was quite impressed with the number of images paintings, drawings, photos, etc.

It is a textbook and can seem daunting to go through, but it reads really fast and is actually quite interesting.

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I would recommended this book to all design students. Sep 09, LemontreeLime rated it liked it Shelves: Textbook assigned for class. I have the 8th edition and the 2nd edition and read both. It’s curious to see how the chapters were rewritten and how they’ve changed the art selections and examples to reflect the times In all honesty, I think they could have had more text and less fluff.

It skims all the issues of the eye, but I feel my own research into the subject helped me learn more in the end. Admittedly, no, I did not read this textbook in it’s entirety. This was a required book for one of my art classes and I did find it enjoyable to read. Easy to read and made for the person who fears the textbooks with pages filled with only words.


This is an excellent text book. Each page has numerous, full-color illustrations, giving examples of the design elements that are being discussed. Lauer is very considerate of his readers, making the reading easy and interesting for his visual learners.

This is an absolutely amazing book. It’s packed with solid design fundamentals. It has provided me with solid foundation on understanding the visual language. I just wish it wasn’t so damn expensive, but it’s College text so go figure. Good read if you are an art major. It states and gives definitions to things that come intuitively.

It will be a good reference book. This is a beautiful textbook which I would like to reread and practice applying. Worth every cent spent. Wonderful introductory book to design elements and principles. It is not discipline specific and is well suited for foundations 2D design courses.

I do not like the layout of this book ironically, but it is a good chunk of information that touches on all the basics of design concepts and execution.

Nov 25, Alyamm rated it it was amazing. The best for learning the fundementals of design. Love this book it is simply the best Art book ever!!!!

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