NOTES ON VISUAL ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION

BIPPITY BOPPITY BOOKS (and LINKS and STUFF)

BOOOOOKS

Remember those ? Text and image on paper? You can touch them, run your fingers through the pages, dog-ear the corner...

 

 

 

Arnheim, Rudolf.  Art and Visual Perception:  A Psychology of the Creative Eye.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

 

Arnheim, Rudolf. Visual Thinking. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

 

Arnheim, Rudolf.  The Power of the Center:  A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.

 

Berger, J.  Ways of Seeing.  New York:  Viking, 1972.  Print.

 

Banham, Reyner.  Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, 2d ed.  Cambridge, MA:\MIT Press, 1981.

 

Collier, Graham.  Form, Space and Vision.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 1972.

 

Chilvers, Ian, Harold Osborne and Dennis Farr.  The Oxford Dictionary of Art.  New York: Oxford UP, 1988. 

 

Friedman, Dan.  Dan Friedman:  Radical Modernism.  New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1994.

 

Glaser, Milton.  Drawing is Thinking. New York: Overlook Press, 2008.

 

Horowitz, Frederick. More Than You See: A Guide to Art. New York: Harcourt, 1985

 

Kandinsky, Wassily.  Point, Line, and Plane, 2nd ed.  New York:  Museum of Non-Objective Painting, 1947.

 

Kepes, Gyorgy.  Language of Vision.  Chicago:  Paul Theobold, 1961.

 

Landa, Robin, Rose Gonnella and Steven Brower.  2D:  Visual Basics for Designers. Cengage Learning, 2007.

 

Landa, Robin and Rose Gonnella. Visual Workout:  A Creativity Workbook.  Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2004.

 

Lidwell, William, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler.  Universal Principles of Design.  Beverly, MA:  Rockport, 2003.

 

Lucie-Smith, Edward. The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms.  New York: Thames and Hudson, 1984.

 

Lupton, Ellen, and Miller, Abbott.  The ABCs of the Bauhaus and Design Theory from Preschool to Post-Modernism.  New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1993.

 

Rand, Paul. Design Form and Chaos. New Haven:  Yale, 1993.

 

Rand, Paul.  Thoughts on Design.  New York:  Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

WEB ON

We know that you want videos but most of these you will need to read! Remember reading? Goes with books. For web resources on color theory, see our list from Notes on Color (Theory)

 

 

THE ELEMENTS

 

National Endowment for the Humanities

http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/line-visual-arts#sect-preparation

 

The Getty

http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/building_lessons/elements_art.pdf 


Kent State University

http://www.educ.kent.edu/community/vlo/design/elements/line/index.html

 

Oberlin College

http://www.oberlin.edu/amam/asia/sculpture/documents/vocabulary.pdf

 

Math Open Reference

http://www.mathopenref.com/point.html
 

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elements_of_art

 

New Yorker Magazine. “The Shape of Things: The birth of the abstract”

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/artworld/2013/01/07/130107craw_artworld_schjeldahl?currentPage=all

 

On Fractals

http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/09/07/17-amazing-examples-of-fractals-in-nature/

 

On Texture

http://ajbarnett.hubpages.com/hub/Describing-Texture-400-words-to-describe-texture

 

 

 

 

 

THE PRINCIPLES

 

The Getty Museum

http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/building_lessons/formal_analysis2.html

 

24 Of Design's Most Important Principles, Animated
http://www.fastcodesign.com/welcome.html?destination=http://www.fastcodesign.com/3033266/the-24-most-important-design-principles-animated

 

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_elements_and_principles - Principles_of_design

 

Institute of Classical Architecture. “Commodity, Firmness, and Delight”

https://classicistne.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/commodity-firmness-and-delight-or-toward-a-new-architectural-attitude/

 

Usability.gov

http://www.usability.gov/what-and-why/visual-design.html

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT ARTISTS and DESIGNERS

 

Milton Glaser

http://www.miltonglaser.com/

 

Andy Goldsworthy
http://www.writedesignonline.com/history-culture/AndyGoldsworthy/overview.htm

 

Michael Graves Studio

http://michaelgraves.com/

 

Logo Lounge

https://logolounge.com/

 

Charles Rennie MacIntosh

http://www.crmsociety.com/
http://www.gsa.ac.uk/visit-gsa/mackintosh-building-tours/charles-rennie-mackintosh/

 

Paul Rand

http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/graphic-design/articles/2012/november/13/paul-rands-greatest-hits/

 

Rochester Institute of Technology archive of graphic designers

http://library.rit.edu/gda/

 

Herb Lubalin Study Center. Cooper Union, NY

http://lubalincenter.cooper.edu/
 

 

 

 

ARTISTS and DESIGNERS THROUGH THE AGES

 

The Getty

http://www.getty.edu/museum/

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

http://www.metmuseum.org/

 

Museum of Modern Art
http://www.moma.org/

 

National Gallery of Art

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb.html

 

Neue Gallery

http://www.neuegalerie.org/

 

Smithsonian American Art Museum

http://americanart.si.edu/

 

Smithsonian

http://www.si.edu/ 

 

 

Many more!