Greater emphasis on graphic design, product design, animation, and computer-aided art. Students today are increasingly interested in these more commercial forms of art, which are now explored with greater emphasis in the prose of the text as well as in the visual examples.
More contemporary art with the inclusion of several artworks produced within the last several years. These new works represent various mediums, from installation art, to street art, to computer art.
Throughout the text, many references to contemporary culture and society, such as movies and video games, have been included so that students can easily relate to the artistic content presented.
Vocabulary lists of keywords, arranged alphabetically, appear at the beginning of each chapter. This placement allows students to preview the keywords before beginning the chapter and reference them while reading the words in context.
Numerous color illustrations representing a broad array of media and diverse artists fill the pages in order to demonstrate various concepts and show how other artists have applied them to their work. Examples always include the work of new artists as well as the old masters.