Tag Archives: Photography

Peter Fischli and David Weiss: Serious Play

The Sausage Photographs:The Fashion Show Rarely do I sit at my desk laughing out loud when I write this blog. In fact, I can’t remember ever feeling like I was going to fall out of my chair from laughing while … Continue reading

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Painters and Optical Devices (Part 3 Richard Estes)

This is the third and final post in a series describing how artists have used optical devices, cameras and photographs to aid and inform their representational paintings. The first post looked at the work of Johannes Vermeer. The second post … Continue reading

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Painters and Optical Devices (Part 2 Degas)

This is the second of three posts looking at how some representational painters have used optical devices and photography in their quest to capture images of the world around them. In the first post we described aspects of Johannes Vermeer’s … Continue reading

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The Language of Motion

It all started with a bet. Leland Stanford, who went on to found Stanford University, bet that when a horse gallops there is a moment when all four hooves leave the ground. At the time this was nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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Erica Baum: From Word to Image

First, I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year. This starts the second year of our blog. We’ve designed the blog as an auxiliary resource that expands on the ideas covered in our book Design: A Beginner’s … Continue reading

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Resources: Free Images – Photos, Maps, Illustrations

When we were writing our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook we knew we wanted to illustrate every page with real world examples of design. We started off using our own photographs but quickly realized we needed an additional source for … 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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Photographic Typologies

The developer trays of famous artists Where do ideas come from? How about through collecting, sorting, classifying. That’s one way to begin. It is an organized method of investigation used in the sciences and the arts. In the field of … Continue reading

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Nature As An Artist’s Resource: The Photographs of Karl Blossfeldt

Karl Blossfeldt was an early twentieth century art and design educator who lived in Germany. At Berlin’s Academy of Art Blossfeldt taught specialized classes in drawing and relief sculpture – sculpture for architectural decoration and ornamentation. At the time floral … Continue reading

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Little Things Mean A Lot

In this blogpost I want to share examples of the work of two artists who helped convince me that little things can be – and often are – the substance of significant art. Giorgio Morandi was an artist frequently referred to … Continue reading

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