Geometry of Design - Second Edition by Kimberly Elam
Too often as a design professional and educator, I have seen excellent conceptual ideas suffer during the process of realization, in large part because the designer did not understand the visual principles of geometric composition. These principles include an understanding of classic proportioning systems such as the golden section and root rectangles, as well as ratios and proportion, interrelationships of form, and regulating lines. This book seeks to explain visually the principles of geometric composition and offers a wide selection of professional posters, products, and buildings that are visually analyzed by these principles.
The works selected for analysis were selected because they have stood the test of time and in many respects can be considered design classics. The works are arranged in chronological order and have a relationship to the style and technology of the time as well as to the timelessness of classic design. Despite the differences in the era in which the work was created and differences in form, from small two-dimensional graphics to architectural structures, there is a remarkable similarity in the knowledgeable planning and organization through geometry.
The purpose of Geometry of Design is not to quantify aesthetics through geometry but rather to reveal visual relationships that have foundations in the essential qualities of life such as proportion and growth patterns as well as mathematics. Its purpose is to lend insight into the design process and give visual coherence to design through visual structure. It is through this insight that the artist or designer may find worth and value for themselves and their own work.
For those that have followed my website for several years, they will notice that I recently decided to stop promoting the Barnstone Studios products and Myrons’ methods of design.
While many reasons went into making this difficult decision, the dominant force behind this shift in direction for Dynamic Symmetry Art had to do with making the information on classical skill-based design easier to learn for the modern artist and photographer.
In the past, Myron Barnstone has claimed that it took him two years to adequately teach the golden section system of design. However, in my opinion, and after much research, I have discovered that the art of composition can be learned in a matter of days and weeks (not years) by using simpler approaches to presenting this information.
Therefore, with this in mind, Dynamic Symmetry Art will no longer teach the technique of overlapping root rectangles or any other complex approach to design that will prevent the artist and photographer from learning the information needed to produce a masterful body of work.
Dynamic Symmetry Art is a non-commercial, comprehensive skill-based art learning resource for the serious artist, photographer, and graphic designer that wants to learn the art of composition and improve their visual literacy skills. Unlike so many other art and photography websites that offer the same tips, tricks, and rules, dynamicsymmetryart.com is about separating fact from fiction, revealing the painter's secret geometry, and providing easy-to-apply design techniques for anyone that has a strong desire to create masterful work.
Dynamic Symmetry Art will not take any future questions about any of the information on this website. However, all of the material on this website will be available for free for a limited time. Additionally, all the information provided on this website is strictly intended to teach the artist and photographer more about the art of composition and should never be used for any commercial purpose.
This website does not take donations or have any commercial affiliations with any other company.