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Elements of Design

February 19, 2018

I came across this book in a charity shop a while ago by Donald M Anderson. 

He was born 1915 in Bridgewater, South Dakota, and became an influential artist and designer, publishing such textbooks as this one (‘ The Elements of Design ‘) in 1961 and ‘ The Art of Written Forms ‘ in 1969, whil’st he taught art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He also contributed some of his illustrations (above) to the book. He lived to be 80, and passed away in 1995.

There’s quite a fascinating mix of imagery from around the world, it’s interesting to dip into. I’ve pulled out the best to show you today.

Wind Patterns, designs from nature, repeat elements, etc are all discussed and featured.

Of course with it being a book from the early sixties, there are also some fab cartoon and advertising illustrations.

Olivetti appears a couple of times.

Some intricate designs and details.

More sixties, textural images.

Lovely shapes and scratchy, painterly work here.

Santa is looking very type-festive !

A very enjoyable mark-making ride I’d say : )

What do you think ? Does anyone have any similar books on their shelves they wold like to share with everyone ?








5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2018 2:38 pm

    What a great find!

  2. Helen permalink
    February 19, 2018 2:53 pm

    Wonderful illustrations

  3. February 19, 2018 9:59 pm

    I love the use of textual elements in the illustrations.

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