6 Inspiring Sculptures for Graphic Designers

September 19, 2010

Sculpture is a lot like graphic design in its use of scale, negative space, form and line to make a big visual impression. The use of texture, shadow and the special setting or placement of a sculpture can all create dazzling effects. Take some design inspiration from these impressive works of art: "The Nose," by Alberto Giacometti. The nose brilliantly and improbably extends past the confines of the metal structure. It's a simple idea that's striking and disturbing. [Image via Flickr user cliff1066.] "Sculpture in the Landscape, Eilat," by Menashe Kadishman. The movement this 1960s geometric sculpture suggests, and the shadow it casts are wonderful. [Image via www.kadishman.com.] "Light Up," by Tony Smith. This sculpture is installed outside of the library at the University of Pittsburgh. The color really livens up the gray Pittsburgh day. [Image via www.wikipedia.org.] "Theme and Variation II," by Peter Randall. On an otherwise ordinary shape, a repeating texture creates a cool pattern of light and dark. [Photo by Steve Russell for www.peterrandall-page.com.] "Bel Costume," by Jean Dubuffet. This piece balances a very strong use of line and a playful, whimsical design. [Image copyright of ADAGP, via www.dubuffetfondation.com.] "Reclining Figure," by Henry Moore. Moore's sculpture reduces the human body to a simple smooth surface. The negative space really calls out the form and allows for striking shadows. [Image via www.wikipedia.org.]

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