Griffin's colleagues urged him to write a book about his idea-generating system, called The Design Code. (That is because, using this system, many of his former students regularly produced award-winning graphic designs and illustrations).
When Griffin finally agreed to pursue publishing, we who signed on to help, discovered he was still evolving his system-- which made it difficult to arrive at a conclusion--so, after several attempts to get the project off the gound--we gave up. However, with his permission, I decided to revisit it once more--and Cune Press is now the publisher of two books about his system.
As author and illustrator of Learning First in Black and White, I used the visual of an apple to demonstrate how to use his system. And in Tossing Around Ideas, I used an ocean theme, so the viewer would have two sources to compare. Tossing Around Ideas has a section on color instruction. And It shows how The Design Code applies to photography as well. I did not use color in Learning First in Black and White, because Griffin believed in keeping learning simple--that color added complexity But I leave that for you to explore!
And my thesis research confirmed it! Integrating the arts into other academic subjects can boost learning.
That's because the arts teach not to take "no" for an easy answer --that there are many possible solutions--which is the main premise of The Design Code process. The arts teach how to modify and adapt. How to to tell a story. How to add pizzaz! And that kind of thinking transfers to any domain.
After a career in design and illustration, with reps in San Francisco and Seattle, and later as a Fortune 500 corporate marketing communications manager, I earned a Master of Arts in Education.
"These are the books I wish I had had access to as an art student."
--Diane Solvang-Angell, author
I did that because I had always suspected the arts taught more than just the arts.