Buildings want to float and automobiles want to fly. Equilibrium is a dynamic, not static state.
Gilsdorf: What advice would you give to aspiring designers, architects, and engineers — especially young ones? As for the ones that know early on that they want to work in engineering, the field is so vast that it can take a long time to find the area of engineering that most appeals to them.
So I guess the advice there is to be patient, because even though the skills and aptitude can be quantified, the choice is ultimately a very personal one. Something common to all the fields you mentioned is that anyone going into them has to have an affinity for identifying and solving problems. Not math problems, but human problems. Same for fashion design, architecture… you might be drawn into them because of an affinity for physical things, but ultimately you are solving human problems.
Frederick: One misconception is that engineers are not creative. I think an important difference is that the engineer creates to provide a specific solution to a problem, while the artist creates to pose a question, prompt a shift in perspective, or perhaps simply to provoke.
Gilsdorf: I know you teach seminars about how to help hone your central idea or concept for a nonfiction book project. What advice do you typically give to would-be writers of high-concept books like yours? Frederick: Most people can recognize a book concept when they hear one, but they have trouble bringing a clear concept to the book they are writing.
I arrived at the format intuitively….
So maybe there was a purity of intent there that is not present in all works. A writer should be able to explain a concept for a book in no more than two sentences. In this book I will show how this problem has played in American elections from the local to the national level, and suggest new paradigms that might help our political environment align with our culture.
Some books can explain their concept through the title alone. Drinking: A Love Story. And so on. Anyone can do them? Frederick: They are simple in their final form, but they are really hard to do. My coauthors have to learn a lot of new things and unlearn others. They have to figure out things about themselves and why they chose their profession.
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Illustrated in the distinctly unique packaged style of The world of the fashionista is brought to vivid life with introductory lessons on such topics as how a designer anticipates cultural trends and "sees" the fashion consumer, the workings of the fashion calendar, the ways a designer collection is conceived, the manufacture of fabric, fashion illustration, and more. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews.
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When I first opened this book, I thought, "Whoa, this is going to be all definitions of fabric weaves and official fashion terms, sounds boring. Definitely not boring! Each of the tips had it's own page and an illustration on the opposite page. I liked how quirky quotes, fashion history, useable hints for shopping and dressing, and the aforementioned terms and definitions were all interspersed throughout the book. The When I first opened this book, I thought, "Whoa, this is going to be all definitions of fabric weaves and official fashion terms, sounds boring.
The diversity really made reading this one flow nicely and made me want to keep turning the pages. I'm interested in sewing, and I found some really useful tips that I didn't know before, that I will definitely be using. I also learned the answer to some fun fashion questions: Why do men's and women's shirts button up differently? What makes jeans so sexy? How do I mix patterns successfully? How do I tie a necktie properly? The price of this one is a little steep, but the book is itself is sturdy and of good quality. The book is small and would be a great gift.
I would recommend this book as a gift book for someone who is really interested in fashion, sewing, or even just a big shopper!
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