Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers

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John Wiley & Sons, 2001 - Architecture - 246 pages
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The essential design companion-now in an up-to-date new edition

For architects, drawing is more than a convenient way to communicate ideas; it is an integral part of the creative process that has a profound impact on thinking and problem-solving. In Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers, Third Edition, Paul Laseau demonstrates that more versatile and facile sketching leads to more flexible, creative approaches to design challenges. To encourage this flexibility and stimulate graphic thinking, he introduces numerous graphic techniques that can be applied in a variety of situations. He also helps readers acquire a solid grasp of basic freehand drawing, representational drawing construction, graphic note-taking, and diagramming.

Important features of this new edition include:
* Easy-to-understand discussions supported by freehand illustrations
* A new format with superior representation of techniques and concepts
* Dozens of new and updated illustrations
* Extensive coverage of new technologies related to the graphic thinking process

For architects and students who want to maximize their creativity, Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers is a valuable tool in the pursuit of architectural solutions to contemporary design problems.
 

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Interaction design requires visual thinking like any other design field, although perhaps more oriented towards the temporal aspects of envisioned design ideas. Laseau provides a general and highly visual introduction to the notion of drawing as a mode of thinking. Read full review

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Paul Laseau's books provide an accessible way to understand how to use drawing to explore and refine design ideas. It shows how to work with metaphors, how to transform archetypal organizing patterns and create custom variations. The timeless illustrations make the ideas very clear. Over the years, I have purchased the updated editions so mine matches the one that students can buy. It is not crucial to have the latest one as they all contain the valuable core concepts.
This book stresses drawing from the imagination. It is a good complement to the Visual Notes book that he wrote with Norman Crowe, which shows how to draw from observation.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
BASIC SKILLS
15
Drawing
31
Conventions
42
Abstraction
58
Expression
67
APPLIED SKILLS
79
Analysis
92
Verification
163
COMMUNICATION
177
Process
180
Individual Design
190
Team Design
210
Public Design
217
Conclusion
231
Notes
237

Exploration VI
118
1
120
17
126
39
139
Discovery
144
Bibliography
239
Illustration Credits
242
Index 141
244
115
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About the author (2001)

\PAUL LASEAU, AIA, is Professor of Architecture and Publications Coordinator for the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. A recipient of the AIA Education Honor Award, he is also a registered architect in New York State.

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