At last, a mathematical explanation of how artworks are given in a manner we can all grasp. Kimberly Elam takes the reader on a geometrical trip, bringing insight and clarity to the design process by exploring the visual correlations that have foundations in mathematics and the essential elements of life.
The Geometry of Design takes a close look at a broad range of twentieth-century examples of design, architecture, and illustration (from the Barcelona chair to the paintings of Georges Seurat, from the Braun hand blender to the Conico kettle), revealing underlying geometric structures in their compositions. Explanations and techniques of visual analysis make the inherent mathematical links clear and a must-have for anyone interested in art, design, or architecture graphic arts. The book focuses not just on the standard systems of proportioning, such as the golden section and root rectangles, but also less well-known proportioning systems such as the Fibonacci Series. These geometric systems are brought to life-giving through detailed diagrams and effective insight into the design process.