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Design & Color, Winter 2017

Assignment 4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)

Criteria

Modular Design, Part II

Having experienced programmed modular designing which incorporated an introduction to the 6 Phases of Creative Problem-solving, our next challenge removes the “Toothpick” module fence post. In its place is the following:

The Assignment

Create a design incorporating a single module which, like the toothpick design, is programmed to produce a larger system without preconception.

The Module

  1. This module must be a SQUARE and/or CIRCLE or portion thereof.
  2. It cannot vary in shape. Although the module shape cannot vary, all other aspects of it may be programmed to change. This change must be programmed, and once programmed, there can be no deviation or arbitrary variation introduced. In other words, NO FREAKS allowed!
  3. Its shape must be defined by color and value.
  4. It should lose its importance as an independent shape and contribute to a larger relationship in which the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts.
  5. Both module and its color can change, but only in a programmed context. In the case of its color, the progression must be dictated by an array or matrix.

Procedure

Utilizing only the first two phases of our 6 Phases Of Creative Problem-solving, develop the following:

  1. Identify preconceptions (Point Of Entry).
  2. Generate a list and/or samplings of many options and possibilities through search and research in keeping with the 2nd Phase of problem-solving, i.e. EXPANSION.

Allow for some important play time with trial and error as the mode of operation. The results of this exploration will be shared with the class at the next session and documented in whatever form the designer sees as the best means for archiving and sharing. Avoid Phase III “Converge”.

Tools

Computer (Adobe Illustrator, Internet search), Collage, Sketches, Notebook, etc.

Materials

Carte Blanche

Homework is shown below in the order submitted.

Leonard Sakai

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/Design-week-4.png

Comment:

wedge module, place 1, reflect and add 2, reflect and add3…til you run into array. color modules along array back and forth

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Keri Duke

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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Sheri McNerthney

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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Sheri McNerthney

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/sheri-week4-2.jpg

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Karen Bennett

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Comment:

Square + circle module program, phases 1 & 2 only

1. Point of entry: Inventory inherent qualities & preconceptions
Straight edges provide alignment or angle opportunities. Need NOT be parallel to each other or sides of page
Curves contrast with straights, allow the eye to move. No fixed touch points.
Use, or flout: consistent size, spacing, orientation
Corners can “point” and draw attention
Flat – 2D – only? Solid fills?

2. Expansion: R&D; experimentation; list options
Explore intriguing shapes that combine square and circle as both positive & negative shape elements.
Seek a balance of positive & negative shape so both are interesting.
Options: Aligned – Offset – Spaced – Angled – Rotated – Reflected – Overlapping – Random
Scale: Constant – Large/small contrast – Increasing
Color/Value: Contrast – Equal value – Gradation – Array or Matrix – Harmonious – Jarring
Fill: Solid – Outline – Gradient – Pattern – Transparent
Mood: Peaceful – Unsettled – Playful – Somber – Regimented – Orderly – Graceful – Natural – Mechanical

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Ann Wittenbrock

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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Linda Aycock

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Comment:

Comments in class

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

Jane Loeffler

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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 10:23 am

Linda Aycock

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/squares-and-circles-color-working-copy.jpg
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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 10:35 am

Ann Wittenbrock

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/modulecolor1-31-c.jpg

Comment:

Ai is cooler than a coloring book!
Thanks, Holly, for the lessons

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Ann Wittenbrock

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/modulecolor1-31d.png

Comment:

same without the lines

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Ann Wittenbrock

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/module1-31e.jpg

Comment:

stroke cancelled…no lines

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Jane Loeffler

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/bars3.png
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Comment:

A matrix for this piece did not transmit. rectangle module progression large small and reverse interspersed. color progression diagonal.

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Cindy Warner

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Comment:

Illustrator and I are not one with each other this week. I had to revert to my old but dear Color-aid sheets. Somewhat limited, but tactile. Working with the curly paper made me reevaluate my previous theory that toothpicks were tricky to place. Shape chosen was one corner of a square, but with one leg longer than the other. I regretted at times later not making that shape symmetrical, Unfortunately, I didn’t get to explore putting multiple modules together as I didn’t have full sheets left of each color. I’m eager to explore further.

4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Holly Duane

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/play2a.png
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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 9:27 pm

Holly Duane

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/play2a_extend.png
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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 9:28 pm

Patt Narrowe

http://dicknelsoncolor.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/11/shapes-in-array1.png
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4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Design & Color, Winter 2017, January 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Assignment 4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)

assignment

Criteria

Modular Design, Part II

Having experienced programmed modular designing which incorporated an introduction to the 6 Phases of Creative Problem-solving, our next challenge removes the “Toothpick” module fence post. In its place is the following:

The Assignment

Create a design incorporating a single module which, like the toothpick design, is programmed to produce a larger system without preconception.

The Module

  1. This module must be a SQUARE and/or CIRCLE or portion thereof.
  2. It cannot vary in shape. Although the module shape cannot vary, all other aspects of it may be programmed to change. This change must be programmed, and once programmed, there can be no deviation or arbitrary variation introduced. In other words, NO FREAKS allowed!
  3. Its shape must be defined by color and value.
  4. It should lose its importance as an independent shape and contribute to a larger relationship in which the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts.
  5. Both module and its color can change, but only in a programmed context. In the case of its color, the progression must be dictated by an array or matrix.

Procedure

Utilizing only the first two phases of our 6 Phases Of Creative Problem-solving, develop the following:

  1. Identify preconceptions (Point Of Entry).
  2. Generate a list and/or samplings of many options and possibilities through search and research in keeping with the 2nd Phase of problem-solving, i.e. EXPANSION.

Allow for some important play time with trial and error as the mode of operation. The results of this exploration will be shared with the class at the next session and documented in whatever form the designer sees as the best means for archiving and sharing. Avoid Phase III “Converge”.

Tools

Computer (Adobe Illustrator, Internet search), Collage, Sketches, Notebook, etc.

Materials

Carte Blanche

Hints for success

Adobe Illustrator provides the equivalent of several apprentices, allowing more time for engaging in the design aspect than its manufacturing. Check with Holly should you wish special tutoring of the application. In addition, there are two tutorials by Dick online which provide each step needed to accomplish the task. See the Illustrator tutorials on Vimeo and Color I blog posts on DickNelsonColor.com.

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