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The Nature of Design [Hardcover]

Peg Faimon
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Jan. 10 2004
Let the world be your guide to design principles

Get a jolt of inspiration mixed with classic design principles! The Nature of Design teaches you the fundamentals of design illustrated through images from everyday life.

The principles and elements of design shape our world - the curves of the human body, the color of a flower, the repetitive pattern on a building. You'll visually learn to recognize how surroundings in our daily lives merge with the fundamentals of design for awe-inspiring results.

The Nature of Design also uses case studies - from brief to solution - to demonstrate the effective blending of design elements into a holistic creation. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the principles of good design and their application when you pick up this invaluable tool!


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Peg Faimon runs her own studio, Peg Faimon Design, and teaches graphics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has received national and international recognition for her work and written several books on design. Before taking a teaching position at Miami University in 1991, John Weigand worked as an architect, interior designer and furniture designer in Chicago. He is currently the Director of Interior Design at Miami University.

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Each day, no matter where we turn, we are confronted with examples of things that have been designed: the chair we sit on, the clothes we wear, the magazines we read, the car we drive, the house we live in, and the street we live on. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of visuals Jan. 25 2005
By Sheri
Format:Hardcover
I'm a beginner in the design world, and I really liked this book. The authors overview the fundamentals of design, but there is very little text. Instead, the content is comprised mostly of visuals which illustrate the concepts the authors are presenting. Some of the visuals have accompanying text which explains why they were included, others don't. I think the best way to benefit from this book it to work through it, really examining the variety of pictures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars attractive presentation of basics March 4 2005
By LineofSight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not a designer. But recently having read Chip Kidd's "The Cheese Monkeys," about graphic design students, I developed a layman's interest and came across The Nature of Design. It does an excellent job of presenting the key elements and principles of design (graphic, industrial, landscape, etc.)in a format that's easy to read, well illustrated, and takes its examples from a variety of design fields. For the general reader or a novice (or would be) design student, this is a great place to start. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of visuals Jan. 25 2005
By Sheri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm a beginner in the design world, and I really liked this book. The authors overview the fundamentals of design, but there is very little text. Instead, the content is comprised mostly of visuals which illustrate the concepts the authors are presenting. Some of the visuals have accompanying text which explains why they were included, others don't. I think the best way to benefit from this book it to work through it, really examining the variety of pictures.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on Fundamentals of Design Nov. 19 2006
By Nigel M. Duckworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a great introduction to the fundamentals of design. It is light on text but gives a sufficient explanation of each principle to get you started. The visuals are great and varied, examples are taken from nature, architecture, industrial design, cooking (yes, you read that correctly) and of course graphic design. You know a book addresses fundamentals when it's principles can be applied to such a wide range of concretes! I like that the authors explicitly included such diverse examples, the diverse graphics greatly enhance the explanations and help the reader gain a firmer grasp of the *principle* and not just a particular application of the principle.

My one complaint is that important aspects of design are omitted. For example, the topic of color is not covered, not even in essentials. It is implicit in some chapters but you have to infer how a design principle such as unity would apply to the selection of a color palette. A minor complaint is that there is too little content on each topic, the explanations could be "fleshed out" a little more.

The book itself is beautifully designed and easy to read. I think I read it in a 2 days. It provides a good introduction to design for the newcomer and a good refresher course on the basics for the experienced designer.
5.0 out of 5 stars the nature of design Dec 12 2009
By m.singley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
as a designer I want the best reference book in my resource library. this book surpassed my expectations.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and informative. Feb. 6 2008
By heather_29 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was incredibly easy to read and get through. It could have been more thorough of topics covered. Many things were touched and sometimes left me wanting more. Some topics that are essential to graphic design were not covered at all. This book was for a beginning design class and for a beginning class it was worth getting but you'll need to buy other books to substantiate what you get from this one.
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