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Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Reviews: Spirit and Art by Van James

Spirit and Art: Pictures of the Transformation of Consciousness

by Van James Anthroposophic Press/SteinerBooks

300 pages and over 300 illustrations in b/w and color $30.- softcover. ISBN 0-88010-497-X, 2001, 2008

Searching for Forms that Speak: Reflections on Graphic Design by Van James

As a graphic artist I am challenged to develop designs that speak in the visual language of form, and these forms must communicate specific ideas, activities, and organizational principles through their brand.  Much like an architect I am often bound by the interests of a client to certain parameters that require design compromises.  At other times it is possible to have complete artistic freedom in evolving a theme and to be able to explore new directions.  Both possibilities can be equally challenging and rewarding...