Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Here’s a Heads up for Textbooks for the Fall Semester

Some of you have started to ask for the textbooks for this semester’s courses. This is a start but not final. Faculty have been asked to be cognizant of the books we ask students to buy for classes. See below.

Go on, get a headstart. I dare you.

[If you are reading this but are not in our program but have suggestions, I’d love to hear them! Please email me: jangrrrrl@gmail.com. (4 r’s, no i) Thank you!]

All Upper Level Students-Required
Kelly, Tom. The Art of Innovation, Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm. New York: Doubleday, 2001.
This is a great essential book. I will make some chapters available on Blackboard but you all should really buy the book if you haven’t already.

Smith, Keri. Wreck This Journal. New York: Penguin Group, 2007.

ART 218, Intro to Metals + Jewelry- Required
McCreight, Tim. The Complete Metalsmith, The Professional Edition. Portland, Maine: Brynmorgen Press, 2005.
Terra Firma Enterprises in a supplier in Pikesville, Maryland and they regularly stock this book at an excellent price, like all of their supplies. Google them and call for hours and directions.

All Upper Level Students-Recommended
Olver, Elizabeth. The Art of Jewelry Design From Idea to Reality. Cincinnati, Ohio: North Light Books, 2002.
This is a great model for what your sketchbooks could look like. This book is out of print. If you can find a copy for a reasonable price, buy it. I have posted a number of pages from it on this blog in an August 2007 post.
Olver was educated at both St. Martin's College in London and The Royal College of Art in London.

Faimon, Peg and John Weigand. The Nature of Design, How The principles of Design Shape Our World From Graphics and Architecture to Interiors and Products. Cincinnati, Ohio: HOW Design Books, 2006.
This is a very good, and broad design book. If you don’t have one, buy this one.
Peg Faimon has worked as a corporate graphic designer and is currently professor of graphic design at Miami University in Ohio. John Weigand is professor of architecture and interior design at Miami University of Ohio. I picked up my copy at a local Borders.

ART 419 Metals + Jewelry III- Recommended, not required
LeVan, Martha. The Penland Book of Jewelry. Sterling Publishers, 2005.
I wrote a chapter for this book, which I will make available to you electronically via Blackboard. Each chapter is written by a different practitioner who is regarded as an expert in a particular technique. Very worthwhile buy and not for my chapter.

Kingsley, Susan. Hydraulic Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths. Carmel, California: 20 Ton Press, 1993.
Susan Kingsley is working on a new book on this subject, I don’t know when it is due out. The 1993 edition is a very good book on the subject. If you can’t find this in main venues, try Rio Grande.

McCreight, Tim. The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets. Madison, Wisconsin: Hand Books Press, 1999.
Students like this book b/c it features lots of hollow forms from current practitioners in the field. It covers a variety of techniques but is not a how-to book.

Lewton-Brain, Charles. Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches for Jewelers and Goldsmiths. Alberta Calgary:Brain Press Ltd, 1997.
This is a great book. If it appeals to you buy it. Check out my copy first.

ART 370 Design + Production-Required
Slack, Laura. What Is Product Design? Switzerland: Rotovision, 2006.
Buy it. Start reading it. Today. I picked up my copy at my local Border’s. If you find additional books that look great, buy them! Bring them to class.

Pipes, Alan. Drawing For Designers. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2007.

ART 370 Design + Production- Of Interest
Ilasco, Meg Matero. Craft Inc. San Francisco: Chronicle Books: 2007.

Krupenia, Deborah. The Art of Jewelry Design, Production Jewelry by 20 Top Designers. Rockport, Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers Inc., 1997
This book is out of print but a good one if you can fund a copy that isn’t too expensive. Don’t buy before you see mine to be sure you agree.

Codrescu, Andrei and Lloyd Herman. Thomas Mann, Metal Artist. Madison, Wisconsin: Guild Publishing, 2001.

ART 370 Design and Social Entrepreneurship
McDonough, William and Michael Braungart. Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We make Things. New York: North Point Press, 2002.
Buy it today. Devour it!

The New York Times
This is delivered to the campus M-F and is free to the campus community. To prepare for the course…pick it up now and start reading. The Sunday edition is the most important although each day of the week has a specific focus.

Lupton, Ellen, editor. Design It Yourself. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006.
This is a great book. Not required but very valuable. You can check mine out first. This will be on the shelf in most bookstores.

I will pull readings from these:
Mau, Bruce with Jennifer Leonard and the Institute Without Borders. Massive Change. London: Phaidon Press, Ltd, 2004.
This is a fantastic book. It truly illustrates how the boundaries between disciplines are blurring. The title says it all. Very exciting and visionary book.

Steffen, Alex. Worldchanging, A User's Guide to the 21st Century. New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2006.

ART 438- Metalsmithing II
Fineggold and Seitz. Silversmithing.
Awesome book. Awesome.

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