Cylinder, surfaces, bodies and spaces are the four basic elements which constitute the design process: each design, however complex, can be created by transforming these elements. By taking these four categories as a starting point, we can detect a methodology underlying each design and which can be analysed, taught and learnt. In Basic Design Roland Knauer gathers together the results of many years teaching and research. In succinct texts, drawings and simulations he elucidates the fundamental principles of designing. A wealth of examples from international architecture and design serve to illustrate the creative potential which these four elements afford.
Through the ingenious layout and format, this book is a remarkable object in itself. The highly original layout facilitates the comparison and combination of different steps in the design process. With the pages divided into four separate segments, the reader is able to compare and contrast various elements in a playful yet wholly practical way, generating new links between the four central elements and unlocking the unlimited potential of design.