1/25/21: Principles of Design


Image reference and additional reading

Unity and Variety

Repetition and Rhythm

Scale and Proportion





Produce an artist book (hand-bound) of pages illustrating each principles of design on one page or one 2-page spread each.

Your book should have be anywhere from 5×7″ to 8.5×11″. The cover should be designed as well with a thicker sheet of paper.

Using a theme of your choice, produce pages that illustrating each of the principles of design. You may use any/all mediums you would like.. be as messy as possible!


Louise Bourgeoise’s fabric book is a great example of simple Principles of Design

Material ideas: 






photography (printed out)

found objects

Simple Bookbinding resources:

pamphlet stitch: Tutorial on 3 hole and 5 hole pamphlet stitch

stab stitch

accordion book

Be inspired! Excellent student examples from previous Design Fundamentals classes:

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Video examples of student work can be seen on the Google Drive titled “Artist Book Videos”

I will post on how to document next week, but you will take high quality photographs to document your pages of the book, as well as a short video. All documentation will be uploaded to the Google Drive and posted to Critique Hub for crit.

CALENDAR: Monday, Feb. 1 – NO class but email me a check in with how your book is going/ if you have any questions.

Monday, Feb. 8 – 12:30 Blackboard Collaborate Live Critique on Artist Book.

Upload photos and short video to the Google Drive by Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

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