Elements of Design
The area a designer is given to work with,
The area between objects in a room,
The basic space problems people encounter include having too much or, more often, not having enough.
Space is probably the most important element of design. It gives us the ability to change.
Space changes as we move, as light changes, or psychologically by where we are located.
To make an area feel more spacious:
allow large openings between rooms
place furniture near walls
use small furniture, patterns and textures
use a minimum of furnishings and accessories
allow for empty spaces between furniture and on walls
The key is to keep the eye moving in an uninterrupted way, causing our brain to think the room is larger.
allow as much floor to show as possible
use mirrors to create the illusion of space
unify spaces by using the same floor/wall coverings
use light, cool colors
place lighting on the outside of the room or underneath furniture
Good space planning helps people feel more comfortable in their environments.
place furniture perpendicular to the walls
use furniture of differing heights
group furniture according to areas of activity
use large furniture that sits directly on the floor
use large, contrasting patterns, colors and textures
use warm, dark colors
use natural lighting
use soft, rough textures to absorb sound
Positive vs. Negative Space
It is important in our designs to include both positive and negative space to achieve a look of overall balance.
Positive is filled space while negative is empty space.
Too much positive space can cause the space to feel cluttered.
Too much negative space can cause the space to feel empty.
A point is simply a location in space having neither dimensions nor substance.
When a point moves through space or when two points are connected, line is generated. Line also describes a shape or outline. It can create texture and can be thick and thin.
Diagonal lines(Oblique or sloping)
These suggest stability and immobility and by extension dignity and permanence.
Vertical columns of a building suggests its solidity and permanence.
Strong vertical lines -- in a picture, in a frame, or in the arrangement on the wall add to the feeling of height in a room.
These suggest rest and repose.
Floors and ceilings are the surfaces that give spaces their sense of reassuring normality
Diagonal (Oblique or sloping) Lines
These suggest movement, dynamic forces and activity.
A sloping ceiling or staircase makes a space seem active, lively
The path of moving point that continually changes its direction gives a curved line.
Curving lines suggest softness and freedom and feminine appeal
Varying the thickness or thinness of a line can add interest and give a sense of 3-Dimensionality.
Here, the thick lines of this drawing represent the shadows or darker areas of the seal.
2D Forms (Shapes)
Planes are 2 dimensional with length and width.
They lie completely in one plane
Shapes are flat and can be grouped into two categories, geometric and organic (free form).
Geometric shapes can be defined by a mathematical formula. ( L x W = Area ).
Organic or freeform shapes have no particular formula to how they are created.
Adding depth or volume to a 2D form creates a 3D form.
Furniture, columns or stairs and buildings are 3D solids.
It is about surface quality either tactile (they way it feels) or visual (the way it looks).
Texture can be real or implied by different uses of media. It is the degree of roughness or smoothness in objects..
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