A while back I had heard of Accentuate the Negative and requested it on interlibrary loan. (I usually check out a book from the library to decide if I need it in my limited space for book collecting–saving space for fabric.) It was a timely arrival and supplements the discussion on my earlier post.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is primarily patterns, 18 of them; someone who designs from patterns would no doubt give a higher rating.
I was interested in the definition of negative space. This book equates it with background. No discussion.
Rather than define, Price classifies uses of negative space: Gradation, reversal, interruption, negative forms, ghosting, and piecing. Having a classification at hand encourages exploring more options when designing. The classification categories are mostly distinct; however, “Reversal” is similar in principle to “negative form.” It seems they are variations of the same concept–differences in number and scale–rather than different categories.A few of the examples do not clearly illustrate the categories. Fibonacci Spirals seems the opposite of what has been described in “Negative form,” and in Savanah Nights and Mod Roses in “Piecing” slip into design rather than the subtle tints or shades of background.
Classification is not the easiest analysis and organization. Price has given us a good start to build upon. And patterns.