The mystery word that I got was ‘Harmony’. Last week, I mentioned that harmony in design means that all the visual elements relate to and complement one another. However, I felt that the compositions that I came up with last week did not relate strongly to harmony – they were kind of haphazardly put together with little consideration for the ratio and overall relation. Hence, I decided to do more research on the word harmony so as to understand it better.
I learned that harmony consists of two sub-categories, rhythm and repetition. Rhythm is the flow showcased in a visual component and it helps to direct the eye movement. Repetition highlights the visual units, connect them together and create an area of attention.
A harmonious layout means that all the elements are in agreement and concord, forming a pleasing and consistent whole.
In an idealistic world, harmony can represent a family of 3, comprising of the father (D), mother (SD), and child (SO). Together, these 3 family members have an unbreakable strong bond with one another. To translate this analogy of a family into my models, all the cuboids in my models are in contact with one another. The wedging technique is used to joined all 3 cuboids. This technique is appropriate as it turns each cuboid into a puzzle piece, and the model will only be complete when all 3 pieces are joined together. There are no ‘floating’ pieces since I wanted all 3 cuboids to be in close proximity with one another to showcase harmony.
As for the sub-categories of rhythm and repetition, it is a challenge for me to showcase these traits since I only have 3 cuboids to work with and it would not be wise to make all 3 cuboids of the similar dimensions to portray repetition. Hence I decided to focus on rhythm by directing eye movement in unconventional ways through my compositions.
I’ve decided to title my concept ‘Family Portrait‘. It is as though I am a photographer arranging these ‘family members’ in interesting ways for a rare family portrait!
Presenting… Family Portrait 1
And… Family Portrait 2
*BONUS*: EPIC FAIL
It pretty much took me an eternity to finally derive at my final compositions since I just got so confused about the ratios and dimensions! I overthink to the extent that I didn’t even know what I was doing anymore. So here are some of the results of my very confused state of mind…
Failed Attempt 1:
I thought that it would be easier to modify the dimensions of the model digitally than manually cutting the foam. Boy was I wrong. I ended up making myself super confused since I wasn’t able to visualise the final model with the correct dimensions in my head. Long story short, I ended up cutting the foam to my desired size and it made my life so much easier.
Failed attempt 2:
I’ve learned my lesson the hard way…
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