Shape: Talking about Seeing and Doing (Hardcover)

George Stiny

  • 出版商: MIT
  • 出版日期: 2006-04-07
  • 售價: $1,240
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 432
  • 裝訂: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 0262195313
  • ISBN-13: 9780262195317
  • 相關分類: Design Pattern
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In Shape, George Stiny argues that seeing shapes -- with all their changeability and ambiguity -- is an inexhaustible source of creative ideas. Understanding shapes, he says, is a useful way to understand what is possible in design.

Shapes are devices for visual expression just as symbols are devices for verbal expression. Stiny develops a unified scheme that includes both visual expression with shapes and verbal expression with signs. The relationships -- and equivalencies -- between the two kinds of expressive devices make design comparable to other professional practices that rely more on verbal than visual expression. Design uses shapes while business, engineering, law, mathematics, and philosophy turn mainly to symbols, but the difference, says Stiny, isn't categorical. Designing is a way of thinking. Designing, Stiny argues, is calculating with shapes, calculating without equations and numbers but still according to rules. Stiny shows that the mechanical process of calculation is actually a creative process when you calculate with shapes -- when you can reason with your eyes, when you learn to see instead of count.

The book takes the idea of design as calculation from mere heuristic or metaphor to a rigorous relationship in which design and calculation each inform and enhance the other. Stiny first demonstrates how seeing and counting differ when you use rules -- that is, what it means to calculate with your eyes -- then shows how to calculate with shapes, providing formal details. He gives practical applications in design with specific visual examples. The book is extraordinarily visual, with many drawings throughout -- drawings punctuated with words. You have to see this book in order to read it.

George Stiny is Professor of Design and Computation at MIT.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
 Introduction: Tell Me All about It 1
I What Makes It Visual? 61
II Seeing How It Works 159
III Using It to Design 311
 Notes 391
 Index 409


《形狀》一書中,喬治·斯蒂尼(George Stiny)主張,觀察形狀──包括其變化性和模糊性──是創意思維的源泉。他認為,理解形狀是理解設計可能性的一種有用方式。



致謝 ix
導言:告訴我所有的事情 1
第一部分 使它變得視覺化? 61
第二部分 看到它是如何運作的 159
第三部分 使用它進行設計 311
註釋 391
索引 409