Archive for the 'art' Category

The Little Book of Hindu Deities

Monday, September 22, 2008

By Sanjay Patel

In The Little Book of Hindu Deities, Pixar animator Sanjay Patel brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The stories of Hindu mythology cover everything from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles, with characters ranging from monsters and demons to noble warriors and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephant’s head (his father cut it off!) and why Kali, the Goddess of Time, is known as “The Black One” (she’s a bit goth). (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: NB1912.H55 P38 2006

Living With Art

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Mark Getlein

Throughout the previous seven editions, this text has earned a reputation for elegance and the highest standards of quality. Living with Art helps students develop an appreciation of art by offering a clear and comprehensive introduction to the visual arts from several perspectives: themes and purposes of art; the vocabulary of art; individual art media (painting, drawing, camera arts, sculpture, architecture, etc.); and the history of art. The book is rich with illustrations drawn from a wide range of artistic cultures and time periods. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: ARH 110

The Elements of Style

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Stephen Calloway

An easy-to-use reference to 500 years of architectural details and styles — a comprehensive visual survey, period-by-period, of the styles that affected American and British architecture. Includes detailed drawings. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: NA2850 .E445 2005

Paperwork

Friday, September 19, 2008

by Nancy Williams

NC847. W55 1995

Paper and the vast array of other printing materials are one of the most discussed topics in design today. Yet despite the growing importance of issues such as the environment and recycling, many creatives, graphic designers and printers remain unaware of paper’s potential. paperwork is the only book on paper to address all the special needs and interests of the print and design industries. It features sections on paper qualities, print effects, embossing, die-cutting, binding, pop-up effects, sculptures and paper products; and a comprehensive glossary of terms and techniques with practical advice on types of paper suitable for various print and finishing processes. Selecting graphic design work from around the world which is outstanding for its originality and attention to detail, the author surveys innovative uses of paper in corporate brochure, packaging, poster and invitation design, and more. The result is a revealing and inspirational reminder of the ‘craft’ aspects and potential of graphic design, whether using traditional skills or the latest technology.

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The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Scott Kelby

Call Number: TR267 .K4394 2007 Vol. 2

Scott Kelby, author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where Vol. 1 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip the techno jargon; packed with stuff you can really use today, that made Vol. 1 the world’s bestselling book on digital photography.

In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he’s got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there’s an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro’s secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you’re shooting.

This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘When I use my flash, the background behind the person I’m shooting turns black. How do I fix that?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture on flash ratios, or start a discussion on flash synchronization and rear curtain sync. I’d just say “Lower your shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. That should do it” Well, that’s what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”

Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of taking shots that look “okay,” and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.

This isn’t a book of theory—full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly another 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

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Fresh Dialogue 8: Designing Audiences / New Voices in Graphic Design

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

By American Institute of Graphic Arts (editor)

Call Number: NC998.5 .A1 F74 2008

Each year, the New York Chapter of AIGA brings together emerging designers for Fresh Dialogue, a panel discussion that provides a forum to present and talk about work, thoughts, and ideas. Designing Audiences takes a fresh look at graphic design through the eyes of three young designers, all of whom have embraced a media landscape dominated by user-centric social networking sites such as MySpace, Flickr, and YouTube. Playing with the notion of designer as visual interlocutor, they craft conversations where viewers become participants and the relationship between design and its consumers is radically redefined.

This lively Fresh Dialogue volume includes designers from a variety of mediums: Stefan Bucher with his wildly popular Daily Monster series; Eric Rodenbeck with the Flickr mapping brainchild Mappr as well as in live data visualizations at Digg Labs; and Katie Salen with Karaoke Ice, the traveling karaoke ice cream truck. Designing Audiences is a stimulating and entertaining discussion of the changing role of the designer in the era of constant feedback. The moderator is popular online personality Ze Frank, creator of the-web based “the show with Ze Frank,” stand-up comic, and soon-to-go-Hollywood charmer.

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Craft in America

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Dan Seeger

Call Number: TT23 .C73 2007

This program explores the history and significance of the craft movement in the United States and its impact on the nation’s cultural heritage. “Memory” focuses on the historical relevance of craft through the eyes of several contemporary pioneers in the field. “Landscape” examines the interdependent relationship of craft artists to their media and the natural world. (Description by Amazon.com)

Complete Works of Michelangelo

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Mario Salmi

Call Number: N6923 .B9 A4 2007

Compiled by outstanding scholars, this volume covers the entire range of Michelangelo’s life & work, from his artistic personality, his philosophy of art & life, & his use of language to his art, architecture, and writings. 11″ x 15″. Color & b&w illus. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

Art Explained

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Robert Cumming

Call Number: ND1143 .C86 2007

Taking an original photographic approach to look in detail at certain topics, these four fascinating books provide deeper understanding and richer enjoyment of the worlds of architecture, art, famous artists, and myths and legends. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

100 Years of Fashion Illustration

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Cally Blackman

Call Number: TT509 .B53 2007

A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day. Early in the century fashion illustration reflected new, liberating currents in art and culture, such as the exoticism of the Ballets Russes, while the postwar period saw inspiration from the great Parisian couturiers. After the dominance of the celebrity fashion photographer in the ’60s, a new generation of illustrators emerged, embracing the medium of the computer, while many returned to more traditional techniques. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)