LAyout – symmetry/asymmetry

Posted: October 17, 2012 in layout, oblig04, Uncategorized, week 8
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This activity helped me understand the first activity which is form and shape (figure and ground.)

I could have made an illustration using my previous materials but since the instruction is to sketch it and I really have to polish my sketching skills, so I sketched it!

In this assignment, you will be given the opportunity to also test your idea sketching skills. It is important to start working with basic ideas on paper and develop your concept from there on out.

  1. On an A4 landscape page, draw four equal squares. Create 4 more pages in this way. So, you’ll have 5 pages with four squares on each.
  2. Draw one or two squares or rectangles in each empty square to achieve the following visual effects (refer to your textbook, p.41 as guidance). You can work with the interaction of rectangles and squares to make the balance or imbalance more evident.
    • Entering left
    • Movement to the right
    • Movement to the left
    • Movement downwards
    • Movement upwards
    • Balance
    • Tension
    • Symmetry/asymmetry

    Produce at least two different versions of each effect, recording your results each time. Explain in one or two sentences what you wanted to achieve (as shown in your manual).

Movement upwards: Are the figures moving upward?
Balance: the first figure have two rectangles balancing the left and right side, up and down side of the page while the last one…is this balance? I hope to balance the big white space by placing a dark rectangle in the middle.

Tension: tilting the shapes created tension in that the shape can fall and the feel of waiting for it to happen. I think law of gravity is responsible for that interpretation.
Symmetrical/asymmetrical: dividing the ground into two equal parts and finding the same figure will make it symmetrical and the reverse is asymmetrical.

Entering left: The square/rectangles were placed to the left touching the edge which can mean it entered the page from the left side or from down the page all going to the left side of the ground.
Movement to the right: placing the figure to the right in an empty ground makes a potential for movement on the right.

Movement to the left: the rectangles on the left have the potential for movement either downwards or to the right. A small square have the potential for movement around the rectangle making an activity to the left side of the ground.
Moving downwards: The squares have the potential to move downward and leave the ground.

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