Dilation – Design Strategy Blog

September 25, 2007

Grids

Filed under: Design — Tags: , , — aedh @ 9:40 pm

Teaching dilation strategy to others I have observed an almost universal inclination to refer to dilations as grids. The difference between dilations and grids is important enough to labour a bit. Most certainly dilation strategies are not grids and function more like a “warp engine” than specific increments of divided space extended out on a flat table. Increments, right angles and flatness are not prerequisites but, dilations can when needed supply grids of any desired metric or granule units of any size. Dilation strategy then doesn’t bother to pre-organize space, but rather assumes any given space to be a perfectly acceptable space to design in. Any given space can be self incremented by dilation. The difference then, rather than making designs fit a particular grid, grids, when you want them, are derived for a particular design space.

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