Design Basics,
9th Edition

Stephen Pentak, David A. Lauer

ISBN-13: 9781285858227 | ISBN-10: 1285858220

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 320 pages

List Price USD $149.95


Filled with hundreds of stunning examples of successful two-dimensional design, this how-to book explains design theory and gives students the tools needed to create successful designs. DESIGN BASICS presents art fundamentals concepts in full two- to four-page spreads, making the text practical and easy for students to refer to while they work.

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Meet the Authors

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Stephen Pentak received his BA from Union College in New York, and his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is Professor Emeritus of Art, and a past Associate Dean of the College of the Arts at Ohio State University. He has been the recipient of four Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and he has been a visiting resident artist at Delfina Studios in London, and Glasgow School of Art. Mr. Pentak's recent solo exhibitions include shows at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Susan Street in San Diego. He is co-author of COLOR BASICS as well as DESIGN BASICS. www.stephenpentak.com.

David A. Lauer is Emeritus Professor of Art at the College of Alameda.

  • Two paintings by John Moore and Louise Fishman, which have similar size and proportion and, at first glance, dramatically contrasting styles, are used throughout the book's 13 chapters to help students discover the diverse ways artists think about and execute design problem solving.
  • In-depth video interviews with painter Sydney Licht and architect Jonathan Poore provide insight into the workings of design principles and elements across mediums and into the creative process itself. Their work is also highlighted throughout the text.
  • CourseMate offers additional integrated video and multimedia content (including "In the Studio" video footage of art classes and chapter-opener engagement lectures from the author, Stephen Pentak), dozens of new studio activities, engaging learning modules, links to related art and design websites, and an interactive eBook.
  • Examples from architecture as well as new media applications to journalistic photography and organic forms help students recognize the language of design in everyday life.
  • Dozens of new graphic design examples are included, along with a greater diversity of painting from all eras, including contemporary work.
  • A stunning full-color illustration program features an extensive variety of culturally diverse artworks as well as examples that range from classic iconic works to contemporary visual culture.
  • Coverage of visual culture encourages students to see the elements and principles of design in the icons, ads, web pages, animation, auto design, and other aspects of the world around them.
  • Each concept is covered in a two- to four-page spread, providing students with a resource and support that they can rely on throughout their art education and beyond.
  • A flexible, modular organization enables you to use the text in any sequence.

Table of Contents

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1. Design Process.
2. Unity.
3. Emphasis and Focal Point.
4. Scale/Proportion.
5. Balance.
6. Rhythm.
7. Line.
8. Shape/Volume.
9. Pattern and Texture.
10. Illusion of Space.
11. Illusion of Motion.
12. Value.
13. Color.

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Design Basics

  • ISBN-10: 1285858220
  • ISBN-13: 9781285858227

Price USD$ 149.95

eBook: Design Basics 12Months

  • ISBN-10: 8000008130
  • ISBN-13: 9788000008134

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  • ISBN-13: 9781337291729

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