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Structure And Form In Design

Structure And Form In Design: Critical ideas for creative practice

by Michael Hann

Professor Michael Hann (BA, M.Phil, PhD, FRSA, FTI) holds the Chair of Design Theory at the University of Leeds. He is also Director of the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA). He has published across a number of subject areas, has made numerous key-note addresses at international conferences, and is an acknowledged international expert on the geometry of design. Previous publications with Berg are: Structure and Form in Design (2012) and Symbol, Pattern and Symmetry (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2012
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474294058
  • ISBN:
    978-1-47429-405-8 (online)

    978-1-8478-8743-6 (hardback)

    978-1-8478-8742-9 (paperback)

    978-0-8578-5465-0 (epub)

    978-1-4725-8431-1 (epdf)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Structure And Form In Design
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This book provides a critical examination of structure and form in design, covering a range of topics of great value to students and practitioners engaged in any of the specialist decorative arts and design disciplines. The complexities of two-dimensional phenomena are explained and illustrated in detail, while various three-dimensional forms are also discussed.

In the context of the decorative arts and design, structure is the under lying framework, and form the resultant, visible, two- or three-dimensional outcome of the creative process. Whether hidden or visually detectable in the final design, structure invariably determines whether or not a design is successful in terms of both its aesthetics and its practical performance.

Hann successfully identifies various geometric concepts, and presents and discusses a number of simple guidelines to assist the creative endeavours of both accomplished and student practitioners, teachers and researchers.