Tag Archives: elements and principles of design

Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception

Artists in Western countries have a long tradition of using design elements in careful ways to create illusions. By subtly manipulating these elements they have been able to transform a mundane flat surface into what appears to be a window … Continue reading

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Artists Who Bring Design Elements/Principles Front and Center

In this weeks’ blog post let’s take a look at some artists whose use of design elements and principles have recently captured my attention The first images are by a photographer from Glasgow named John Gribben. Gribben has done commercial … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: The Grid and Found Objects

Last week I wrote about the artist Leonardo Drew. During the process of researching him I came across an interview conducted by Desa Beslic of the Denver Museum of Art. Among other things she asked him to talk about a … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Imaginary Places

The weather is beautiful here in California. Perfect blue skies and just the right amount of heat. It’s hard to sit inside and get work done. I’d rather be anywhere but at my desk. Perhaps you feel this way too. … Continue reading

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How To Analyze A Painting – Revisited

In two recent posts, How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 1 and 2, we guided you step by step through the process of evaluating a work of art. The discussion was general in nature. Today … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps)

I recently had breakfast at a diner with a couple of close friends who are not artists. In addition to serving delicious omelets the diner also exhibits artwork on its walls. During our breakfast conversation one of my friends asked … Continue reading

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Art Out of Context

I recently came across two unexpected environments in which to view art. This got me thinking about a design exercise for all of you. The parameters are simple: Find a unique place to display art and then create appropriate work. … Continue reading

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Design Is Everywhere

In our very first blogpost we promised readers we would write about design wherever we found it – not just in fine art settings and traditional design contexts. Today’s post focuses on four sets of images that are all highly … Continue reading

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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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Four Smartphone Games: A Pleasure To Look At And Play

Our smartphones – those powerful miniature computers we carry in our pockets or purses – have inspired countless design teams and others to create all sorts of interactive apps and games for our enjoyment. Here are four of those games … Continue reading

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