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Elements of Design: Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual Relationships (Design Briefs) Paperback – 1 Jul 2002
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"I feel so kindred to her process and philosophy. She poignantly illustrates that design is a life discipline. I wish I'd had the opportunity to study with her." --Interior Design
"A loving tribute to an influential design instructor presented in lesson form. Part profile of a great instructor, part tutorial, this overview of Kostellow's work remains a source of inspiration and coaching for future industrial designers." -- Design Issues
"Any book about such an important figure deserves to be read again and again, especially its essays by such luminaries as Paola Antonelli and Judy Collins." -- Metropolis
"An invaluable resource to students, designers and instructors, the book reconstructs Kostellow's teaching methodology and exercises, which oncehelped shape American design and now resets the stage to do so again." --I.D. Magazine
"This book collects, for the first time, her exercises on abstract visual relationships. The work is of interest to anyone involved in any aspect of design as it explores the fundamentals of form, structure, and space." --DesignLink
About the Author
Gail Greet Hannah is a writer specializing in design and marketing. She was a friend of Rowena Reed Kostellow and worked with her to publish her teaching method. She lives in Cold Spring Harbor.
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There are two kinds of problems in the world, ill-defined and well defined. 1+1=2: this is thought of as a well defined problem, the answer will always be 2. Design is subjective for the most part, and for a single problem there might be multiple answers, there are no perfect or no one answer for a design problem. Different people have provided methods of simplifying a design problem, making it easy for a designer to frame a design problem. One of the methods of framing and thinking about design problems are provided in this book. The idea of Dominant, Subdominant and Subordinant, is easy to understand for students. I believe that this book should be read by every design student (Interior Design, Architecture, PD, Industrial. Design etc.) Sure, it might not be of much value for a seasoned designer. Using this book with practical exercises is my recommendation.
A couple more of Rowena's former students (Lenny Bacich and Dan November) have recently passed away. It's sad to see them go and I will always be reminded of them, and their visions of Rowena's legacy, when I return to this book.