Category Archives: How-To

Tutorials and design exercises.

Pinterest and the Elements and Principles of Design

As many of you know this blog is an offshoot of our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. In addition to this blog we also maintain a Facebook page and a set of Pinterest boards. The book contains real world examples … Continue reading

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New Year To-Do List

This is our final end-of-the-year classic post. It was originally published last January. Hope you enjoy this reprint and we’ll resume posting all new material next week. In the meantime… 5 Things To Do In The New Year It’s the … Continue reading

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The Art of the Map

Happy Holidays to all of you. We will be taking our own holiday but will be back with new content on January 5. This week and next we’ll connect you to some older posts that we think you’ll enjoy. This … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Minimal Cuts

Here is a great beginning design exercise for you to try. When I teach an introduction to two-dimensional design class this is one of the first assignments I give. I usually start with the Synergy exercise I presented in this … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Altered Chairs

I recently came across this calligraphic letter “T” by Marc Andre Robinson. Rather than apply pen to paper Robinson has deconstructed a large assortment of chairs, using their inherent linear elements as the strokes that form the letter. What a … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Pattern (Part 2)

Joyce Kozloff Last week I presented several quick exercises centered on the design principle of pattern. In this new exercise you’ll make use of the patterns you created. To begin, re-read last week’s post and if you haven’t done so … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Pattern

Several recent posts have profiled heavily embellished and patterned trucks. This seems like a good time to introduce a design exercise centered on patterning. If you have a copy of our book “Design: A Beginner’s Handbook” I suggest you refer … Continue reading

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5 Things To Do In The New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year and I thought this would be an appropriate time to provide a short list of to-do items that might help you become a better artist/designer. It’s not a list of exercises for building … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Found Alphabet

Today’s exercise will help you fine tune your powers of observation by finding what I call visual analogies. If you’re reading our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook pay particular attention to Chapter 2 (Line) and Chapter 3 (Shape). For those … Continue reading

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How To Exhibit Your Art: Part 5 – Conclusion

Most artists and designers want to exhibit their work. Figuring out how to accomplish this is often frustrating, time consuming and even a bit mysterious. In previous posts we have discussed different exhibition venues and how to approach them. Those … Continue reading

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