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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (Jan. 10 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581804784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581804782
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 20.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #491,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By Sheri on Jan. 25 2005
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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One of the best books on basic design elements and principles I have come across. Lots of pics illustrate the concise statements. I have recommended it to my students.
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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
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.
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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.
it must be just me? Oct. 17 2014
By Billy D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well, design is obscure but everywhere...we like what we see and there is a reason for it apparently but sometimes I just don't see what some people see. I might be just dense. But when I think I'm clearly obtuse I see that some are even more dimwitted. Then I think....wait a minute maybe plenty stumble upon something and then it's called "good design" and on and on. However, I try and apply the material in this book to my world and it's ponderous, man. I know that plaids and stripes never worked but darn it if some are wearing what I was told never to leave the house wearing and it's called style. But I would not have bought this book it if I'd seen it is a library. It's simplicity is causing me personal issues. Because plenty I just am not seeing...in my world....with my eyes... . I guess that's why there are gifted artists and visionaries-- and ditch-diggers and Tandy leather stores.
Easy to read and informative. Feb. 6 2008
By heather_29 - Published on Amazon.com
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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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