14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is not a 'how to' book incase you were looking for a practical guide that teaches you art & design. Instead, it's an academic text which looks at art & design from more of a historical, contextual perspective and explains what art is and why it is the way it is. The book covers many areas like texture, form, colour and scale and these are all discussed from a theorectical perspective with plenty of examples of artwork (fine art to modern) to illusrate the various themes and theories.
This is an OK book and I think an academic book of this sort is something any student would benefit from having on their shelf, but as I said, it's not a practical book and really doesn't set out to inspire (which is what I was really looking for) - something I will dip into every now and again for a little browse.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
After starting a Creative Embroidery course and finding that we had to design our own work, I began to panic. Our tutor is a lovely person and a great stitcher, but does not TEACH design. A rival college offers the same course, where design is taught, and were generous enough to recommend this book. It has been a life-saver, not to mention a time-saver. The exercises are helpful and creative, the explanations are clear and logical and the layout is well-organised. I also bought another book on design (desperation fuelling the shopping search!) but it is far too advanced for a beginner, whereas this is suitable for novices as well as more experienced design students. Great!