Graphic Design for Architects

A Manual for Visual Communication

By Karen Lewis

© 2015 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

Graphic Design for Architects is a handbook of techniques, explanations and examples of graphic design most relevant to architects. The book covers a variety of scales of graphic design, everything from portfolio design and competition boards, to signage and building super-graphics – to address every phase of architectural production.

This book combines and expands on information typically found in graphic design, information design, and architectural graphics books. As architectural communication increases to include more territory and components of a project, it is important for designers to be knowledgeable about the various ways in which to communicate visually. For instance, signage should be designed as part of the process – not something added at the end of a project; and the portfolio is a manifestation of how the designer works, not just an application to sell a design sensibility. In thinking about architecture as a systematic and visual project, the graphic design techniques outlined in this book will help architects process, organize and structure their work through the lens of visual communication.

Each chapter is titled and organized by common architectural modes of communication and production. The chapters speak to architects by directly addressing projects and topics relevant to their work, while the information inside each chapter presents graphic design methods to achieve the architects’ work. In this way, readers don’t have to search through graphic design books to figure out what’s relevant to them – this book provides a complete reference of graphic techniques and methods most useful to architects in getting their work done.


‘By clearly demonstrating, both as an example itself as well as through explaining its procedures, the numerous formats and techniques within architecture's extended field of production and reproduction (Portfolios, RFQs, Proposal Books – the extensive combinations of images, texts, diagrams, and spreadsheets that are, in total, and in various permutations, the architect's mode d'emploi) Graphic Design for Architects is not only a useful subject, but also a required skill, and now a necessary volume for any architect’s studio bookshelf.’ - John McMorrough, Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Architects for Graphic Design Part 1: Presenting Yourself 1. Portfolios 2. Resumes Part 2: Presenting to an Audience 3. Competitions 4. Presentations 5. Books Part 3: Architectural Communication 6. Diagrams 7. Information Graphics 8. Maps Part 4: Communication as Architecture 8. Signage and Wayfinding 9. Super Graphics

About the Author

Karen Lewis is principal of Implement, a design firm working at the intersection of information, architecture and landscape. Her design work and research in infrastructural systems, data visualization and graphic techniques have been recognized internationally. Currently Karen Lewis is a tenured professor on the architecture faculty at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice