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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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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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Design Exercise: Typologies

Last week I wrote about photographic typologies. A typology is a collection of a single type or class, with the collection itself being more important than the individual components. Christian Webb If you’ve been reading our book Design: A Beginner’s … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Is That White?

Barton Lidice Benes, “Letter From Aunt Evelyn” This assignment will help you understand color and value relativity, while developing your visual acuity. Before starting I suggest you review Chapters 6 (Value), 7 (Color), and 10 (Grid) in our book Design: … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Map Collage

Sharon Rankin Over the last several weeks I’ve posted about maps. Today I want to present you with a design challenge centered around maps. Before you start I suggest you review my three posts, paying particular attention to Post 3, … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Emphasis and Value

Today I thought I’d offer you a useful design exercise centered around value and emphasis•focal point. For those of you who have a copy of our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook I suggest you review chapters 3 (shape), 6 (value), … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Trompe l’oeil Texture

Those of you who’ve read Chapter 5 of our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook know that trompe l’oeil is a type of visual texture that involves extreme realism. In fact, the term trompe l’oeil translates as “to fool the eye.” Artists … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Flip Book Animation

Last week I talked about early animation techniques. So here is your chance to try one of these forms of animation while also exploring some of the design concepts covered in Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. A flip book may seem … Continue reading

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Not For Reading: Altered Books

 Guy Laramee I love books. They fill the shelves in every room of my house. They’re piled on floors and stacked in my studio. I read incessantly but I’m also enamored of a book’s physical form, so straightforward but one with … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: All Things Red

Who hasn’t created a collection of favorite things? For this exercise I ask that you make a collection of objects and images that are variations of red. Make sure to include fully saturated reds and ones that are desaturated. Include … Continue reading

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