This slim book presents examples of graphic art and design followed by analytical renderings and overlays to reveal their underlying geometric structure. Elam analyzes 25 designs that give designers and architects a clearer understanding of how to employ systems of proportion in their work. Illustrations.This slim book presents examples of graphic art and design followed by analytical renderings and overlays to reveal their underlying geometric structure. Elam analyzes 25 designs that give designers and architects a clearer understanding of how to employ systems of proportion in their work. Illustrations.Read Less
My review title is perhaps challenging but having many books on this subject of proportion etc it all seems like a a bit of a rehash of any number of books on the subject. The big plus for the book in my oinion is it's simple clear, uncluttered layout and text/images.
I have three concerns with the book.
The first is that many proportion explanations/overlays etc seem to me to be satisfied by many other geometric situations ie, any number of theories could fit. There does not seem to be any explanation or justification to say that golden means or whatever are the sole answer. I'm no no mathemattcian so who knows but It seems to me I could dream up any form of connection grid just as valid for many examples and that is the problem for me.
The second issue I have is some diagrams are presented wth sequential images to exlain how one arrves at some construction or other but others just leap to the answer and present a maze of lines and makes one wonder.
The third issue I have is all the pictorial examles are so dated. If the authors views are valid surely something produced since 1980 except for the lone example dated 1997? Is the author suggesting these "magic" principles were not required for 2 decades or are they are lot of tripe?
The book has the scent of an academic publication to get some message out to prove a point but is the evidence in part is faith based and a bit "new ageish" for me though it will us the text to show examples to my students.
Mixed feelings on this one but for serous students of this stuff I recommend "Proportion: Philosophy, Science and Architecture" by Richard Padovan.
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