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Studio Resource is a consortium of educator authors who are publishing the most successful results from their teaching. The purpose of Studio Resource is to provide educators and students with cost-effective, tested, successful, high quality studio projects for learning design concepts and practices.

Studio Resource books, booklets, and downloads are a rich educational resource that detail studio projects in depth, engage students in the content, and allow both educators and students to see what success looks like.

 
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Typographic Contrast, Color & Composition
The intent of this project is to explore aspects of the fundamental design principles of contrast in typography and to encourage students to become familiar with compositional principles and the beauty of classic families of type. Because the project is so focused on only three area code numbers, students thoughtfully examine and identify fonts and subtleties of composition that would otherwise be ignored. The contrasts in typography are a rich resource for visual communication, and the results from this project are readily transferred to other work.

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Line Icons
Working with one of the basic elements of design, the line, designers create an icon through the use of a single continuous line. The line fluidly describes the object as well as interior features, details, and surfaces. Once the icon is defined through hand-graphic drawing, it is refined with computer drawing, and finally sculpted with wire.

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Paper Food
From the graphic surface to the three-dimensional form, designers abstract and translate the color and shape of a food product in paper. Designers work with graphic abstraction, isometric drawing, and professional paper folding techniques and conventions as they master paperboard construction to create Paper Food.

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Graphic Translation
The process of graphic translation produces drawings of instant recognition and startling visual interest. Graphic translation is as much art as it is design, and focuses on the creation of an image with the visual means of abstraction, reduction, and interpretation with point, line, plane, shade, and shadow. Over 300 examples portray a multitude of individual approaches to the drawing system and give the designer, educator, and student insight into understanding and learning this method of graphic drawing.

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Geometry of Design
Proportioning systems provide the foundation for the work of many graphic designers, industrial designers and architects. Over 100 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams visually detail how designers use the golden section, root rectangles, and the fibonacci sequence–in language accessible to the most math-squeamish.

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Grid Systems
The grid is perhaps the most prevalent, the most subtle, and least understood system of visual organization. Showing an expansive range of twentieth-century examples of design Grid Systems provides a rich, easy-to-understand overview of the grid and demonstrates a step-by-step approach to typographic composition. It reveals design strategies that transcend simple function and reductionist recipes to allow grids to become a means of truly dynamic communication.

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Typographic Systems
Many designers focus only on the traditional grid system for design, and are unaware of the potential that other systems hold for the graphic designer. Typographic Systems identifies systems or frameworks can be broken down into eight major variations with an infinite variety of compositions within each system. The visual examples illustrate a broad range of design solutions and give the designer, educator, and student insight into expanding their knowledge of organizational approaches to typographic design well beyond the grid.

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