Basic Principles of Design: The Foundation Program at the School of Design Basel, Switzerland by Manfred Maier, 1st American ed., 1977. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, NY. 9 x 11.75, 4 individual volumes enclosed in a slipcase, each with pp. 104. Concept and Design by Manfred Maier. Cover designed by Wolfgang Weingart. Printed in Switzerland.
From the general introduction by Kurt Hauert, Head of the Foundation Program (after Emil Ruder). "The Foundation Program at the School of Design in Basel Switzerland is a fundamental education in art and design with courses in drawing, color, three-dimensional studies, materials and tools, and exercises in form, aesthetics, and concepts all of which are designed to promote optical and tactical sensitivity, formal perception, manual dexterity, and a clear understanding of creative processes ..."
Each volume includes an introduction, explanatory text and descriptive captions re: the exercises and outcomes. Volume 1: Object Drawing, Object and Museum Drawing, Nature Drawing. Volume 2: Memory Drawing, Technical Drawing and Perspective, Lettering. Volume 3: Material Studies, Textile Design, Color 2. Volume 4: Color 1, Graphic Exercises, Dimensional Design. Profusely illustrated with black and white and color examples. Contributions by faculty of the foundation program.
Fine individual volumes with a hint of toning in a fine original publishers sturdy slipcase. Important and highly recommended!