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A Typographic Workbook: A Primer To History, Techniques, And Artistry
A Typographic Workbook
A Primer To History, Techniques, And Artistry
Paperback      ISBN: 0471292370
Quickly master the concepts and skills you need to successfully design with type

a typographic WORKBOOK

To help you gain a deeper understanding of the effects produced by various fonts and typographic techniques, designer Kate Clair takes you on a fascinating tour of the innovative potential of type. Extensive visual examples illustrate the use of type as an expressive communication tool. From selecting the right font, to spacing it, to the creative integration of fonts, she explains the decisions made by successful designers. At the same time, she provides step-by-step guidance and numerous practice exercises that help you develop the confidence and skills needed to put that knowledge to work in your own designs. In addition, a detailed history of type is included.

A valuable professional resource for working designers and an indispensable training tool for graphic design students, A Typographic Workbook features:
* A historical overview of type and typographic technologies
* In-depth explanations of the formal qualities of different typefaces
* Skill-building exercises and projects to sharpen your skills
* Quizzes and review questions that help you gauge your progress
* An overview of computer terms and principles
The Essential Gombrich: Selected Writings on Art and Culture
The Essential Gombrich
Selected Writings on Art and Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0714834874
An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art : N.D. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth
An American Vision
Three Generations of Wyeth Art : N.D. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth
Paperback      ISBN: 0821216562
Briefly traces the careers of all three Wyeths, shows a selection of their work, and discusses their approach to painting
Eyes of Love: The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels 1840-1900
Eyes of Love
The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels 1840-1900
Hardcover      ISBN: 0948462833
Eyes of Love argues against a widely held theory about "the gaze" – that women are merely passive erotic objects, while men are active erotic subjects. "Stephen Kern focuses our attention on eyes and the meaning they convey. This simple idea, here brilliantly developed, uncovers patterns of composition which unite the French Impressionists with late Victorian artists."—The Independent
Women, Art, and Society
Women, Art, and Society
Paperback      ISBN: 0500203547
The third edition of Chadwick's (San Francisco State U., Calif.) classic text on women and art contains two new chapters, on globalization and a feminist perspective of international exhibitions of the 1990s. Theoretical approaches to feminist art history are carefully described in the introduction. The text surveys women in art and women making art from the Middle Ages through the present. The bibliography is organized by topic or artist for each chapter. Though organized chronologically, this is a substantial text, devoted to themes and issues more than personalities. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Art for Dummies
Art for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 0764551043
Explains to the average person how to understand, appreciate, and evaluate art, and discusses starting an art collection and where to go to see art
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
The Rape of Europa
The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Paperback      ISBN: 0679756868
A carefully researched volume recounts the Third Reich's war on European culture and reveals the roles of such figures as Hitler, Hermann Goering, Gertrude Stein, and Marc Chagall. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Paperback      ISBN: 0486247155
The author describes her friendship with Picasso, traces the artist's life and career, and analyzes his approach to painting
Looking North: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Illustrations : The Potlatch Collection
Looking North
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Illustrations : The Potlatch Collection
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 189043454x
The Inro Handbook: Studies of Netsuke, Inro, and Lacquer
The Inro Handbook
Studies of Netsuke, Inro, and Lacquer
Hardcover      ISBN: 0834801353
For collectors who have discovered the delights of such miniature Japanese art forms as the inro and the netsuke, this authoritative and enlightening book offers a wealth of valuable information. That it also affords entry to a world of fascinating design and superb craftsmanship goes without saying. In addition to illustrating in color and discussing in detail 108 distinguished inro and their accompanying netsuke, as well as 18 related miniature objects, it presents highly informative essays on the making of inro, on pearl shell inlays, and, in particular on the materials and techniques of lacquer art, the last of these with 62 color photos. It also furnishes an extensive list of lacquer artists' signatures with 386 photos. It is refreshing to have an author tell his readers not only what his book is but also what it is not. In his introduction Bushell says: "This book is addressed to the collector of inro, netsuke, and other forms of miniature Japanese art, with emphasis on works in lacquer. Its purpose is specific and limited. It is not a comprehensive study of lacquer. It is not a historical survey, a technical analysis, a comparative examination, or a compendium of terms and definitions. In point of time it is limited to the Tokugawa, Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods. In point of craft it is limited to the later development of precise and sophisticated techniques, with their brilliant decorative effects." Bushell points out that he is not making an unnecessary emotional appeal in praise of lacquer. His objective is far more practical. This book is the product of his efforts to understand the structure underlying the beauty of lacquer art and to provide clear and simple explanations. Because other books on the subject had not satisfied him, he undertook his own basic research, and here he presents the information he acquired through painstaking study with master lacquer craftsmen and other authorities.