Friday, December 28, 2012

Point, Line And Plane: Why The Building Blocks Of Design

Design is not possible without a point, a line and planes. All the three design elements constitute the building blocks of design.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Feeling Of Motion: How Is It Important As A Design Element?

Art or design is actually a concept in motion, never static but perpetually in motion. It is the whole idea in design. Capture or freeze a moment but allow movement to continue.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Space and Design

Design is a delusion rendered on a two dimensional plane. It projects objects to appear in its natural form. This is simply done by the mystical application of the illusion of space.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Universal design: Why is it everybody’s concern?

Now that global travel is evident, universal design becomes a necessity. Universal design is not only meant for the built environment but applies to all things affecting persons with disabilities.

Friday, October 19, 2012

How is the element of Art and Principles of design related?

Elements of art and principles of design are two different things, but are interconnected.  An aspiring artist must be able to feel the elements and conclusively understand the principles behind the art.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Emphasis in Design: Dovetails the drama in a composition

A work of art is a rendition of elements in motion. It trains attention to heighten the excitement and strongly grasp the drama the designer wants the viewer to experience.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Color in design evokes subjective responses

What appeals to one may entirely be different to the other.  The use of color in design does not follow a predetermined curve. All colors perceived are hues reflective of the color wheel. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Texture in Design Gives dramatic feel to surfaces

Texture is one element that defines the surface character of an object. To varying degrees, glass is different from stone, or bricks because of its surface tactile character.

Texture can be felt physically or perceived visually: An object could either be smooth, rough, hard or soft. The sense of touch can determine the character of a surface. Typically, wood is smooth as stone is rough and hard to the touch. In similar fashion cotton and most cloth is soft. Visually, surfaces can also have varying degrees of perceived textures. However, in all extent optically light and shadow delivers the coup de grace. Shadows are marked in really rough surfaces, while smooth surfaces are plain when subjected to light. The interplay of shades and shadows in a rough surface creates the telling dramatic effect visually.

The effect of texture in design: Texture is a provocative element in all designs. This pertains particularly to two-dimensional images. Whether in art or in architecture is the moving force behind a design. In renderings for instance, it makes the work so real and lifelike. It feels so natural a viewer it seems becomes part of a design scene. The message is relayed forcefully that viewers can relate emotionally. Images concerning bricks or stone look visually natural. Texture is so encompassing that a 2D design will appear as 3D images.

Texture promotes visual interests: It is a critical element in design, but should be handled appropriately to create harmony.

• Texture should not create distraction among the elements; On the contrary it must be applied to enhance the essential elements of the design. If texture becomes too overpowering it misses its only purpose. For example, textures must never be used extremely in backgrounds. Haphazard application can disorient the intended focus of the design.

• In random design application, texture could be the catalyst to create unity. Careful application of repetitive elements must be observed. Too much of the element can cause disarray. Or too little can defeat the purpose of the design.

• Try to avoid extreme repetition of elements in design. However, if it promotes visual interest in the imagery, capitalizing on texture creates a subtle effect. Texture will tone down the expected projection it creates to the entire imagery.

• In some cases, extreme use of texture can have a pulse-pounding effect. Blanketing the design with texture entirely when done intensely could give viewers a subtle effect. This is achieved by the use of gradients or fading texture. Apply solid or dark colors to the less important. And consciously fade the hue to the lightest ending on the most interesting or main focus of the imagery.

Remember, that texture is the culinary equivalent of icing on the cake. It makes or breaks the design. Visual imagery is all that matters.

Next time a design looks perfect, try to look deeply. Texture surely gave the dramatic feel of the imagery optically.

Monday, September 17, 2012

When A Piece Of Art Looks Perfect Unity In Design Must Be Encompassing

Unity in design is really hard to achieve, but easy to distinguish. Working on a piece of art to promote unity may take eons to complete. Only a glance at the finished work can confirm if unity has been reached.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rhythm In Design Consciously Captivates A Scene

Rhythm introduces order to make anything visually entertaining. We see it all around us, in nature or in man-made structures.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Applied Refinements In Structures: To Tame Optical Illusion In Design

Optical illusion is as old as mankind. It is practically all around us. It gives us a distorted sense of perception. It seems our brain cannot decipher what the eye can see.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Scale in Design: Putting Order in All Things

Scale is a dimensional element that gave meaning to building design. It found fulfillment in the classic design of the Greeks, to the Renaissance and today. Michaelangelo, Palladio, Sir Christopher Wren and others found inspiration in this element.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Proportion is All about Looking Good

When you talk about proportion, it refers to anything visually entertaining. Look at something spectacular and proportion likely is the reason behind its appeal.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Balance in Design - The Most Fundamental Element of the Arts

Balance is in everything and everything is all about balance. Art is about balance and design as well. Even order in the Universe is possible because of balance.

Monday, August 13, 2012

How Lines and Shapes Determine Character in Design?

Character in design is very important because it exposes the true purpose of the design visually. The façade tells everything whether the structure is institutional, commercial and residential.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Using Corner Connectors to Extend the Workspace

Segmental transformation is how home and office furniture has developed.  Workers can now custom arrange work spaces by using pieces designed to connect to each other. Corner connectors are added to the main work desk to transform and suit worker preference.