Monday, April 28, 2008

Leonardo da Vinci was a Designer

Leonardo da Vinci is often thought of mainly as an Artist but, if we wanted to be more precise, much of his work should be considered Design, and still other work is a form of Visual Communication we would refer to today as Scientific or Medical Illustration.

One of da Vinci's designs for a parachute was actually tested successfully recently. He also did designs for vehicles, tanks, cities, and a variety of other designs.

Here is one of many good sites for more information:

A recent book called "The Science of Leonardo" by Fritjof Capra talks about these "non-art" aspects of da Vinci's work that would be more accurately referred to sometimes as Design and other times as Visual Communication.

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