Category Archives: Elements and Principles

Elements and principles of design

Design Exercise: Imaginary Places (again)

Today is the first day of summer and I’m ready to celebrate. I’m off on an adventure and so there will be no new post today. But I have found a post for you from last year, a design exercise … Continue reading

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Biennale Architettura 2018: Responding To The Space Around Us

The Biennale Architettura 2018 is currently being held in Venice. It opened in May and runs until November. As with previous biennials this year’s event focuses on “…examples, proposals, elements – built or unbuilt – of work that exemplifies essential … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Nostalgia: The Art of Aida Muluneh

“We exist between the anxiety of the unknown future and the nostalgia of the familiar past. We bear the burden of our duality.” Photographer Aida Muluneh has spent most of her life without a place to call home. At a … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Poignant Repairs

This design exercise is based on a recent blog post called Poignant Repairs. Please read it before proceeding with this project. I also suggest you review our book, Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. Somewhere hidden in your home – in the … Continue reading

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Looking Again At The Paintings Of Domenico Gnoli

This week’s blog entry is one of our favorites first posted in October, 2015… I recently rediscovered the work of the late Domenico Gnoli and I fell in love, all over again, with his wonderful paintings. Let me share some … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Repetition

In two recent posts I discussed the use of repetition and its relationship to the design principles of Balance, Unity and Variety, the Grid, Pattern, and Rhythm. Today I want you to put to use your new-found knowledge about repetition. … Continue reading

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Simple Forms/Inventive Forms

Whenever I find myself looking at a collection of images – in galleries or while surfing the web – I’m inevitably drawn to objects that are both severely understated and yet inventive. I think I’m fascinated by how the artists … Continue reading

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Repetition and the Principles of Design (Part Two)

Two weeks ago I wrote about the use of repetition and its relationship to the design principles of Balance, Unity and Variety, the Grid, Pattern, and Rhythm. Today I want to present some more examples of works that utilize repetition. … Continue reading

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Repetition and the Principles of Design

Last week when we celebrated spring by playing hooky I encouraged you to download a copy of our book, “Design: A Beginner’s Handbook.” That got me thinking about the relationship between our blog and our book. When we wrote our … Continue reading

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The Design of Movies

Everybody loves movies. They entertain us. They transport us in our imaginations to exotic and adventurous places and times. And nearly everyone has a particular movie or two that will always be associated with some life-defining experience. Commercial movies shown … Continue reading

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