Dilation – Design Strategy Blog

January 4, 2008

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For a designer, they are a dream come true.

A dilation can be assigned any proportion and this won’t change internal metrics.


By internal metrics, I mean the # of units, regardless of proportion, remain constant and each unit ( except 1/2 in this case ) will tile to fill the entire space. What this means is you won’t see a grid unless you want or need to. When using this strategy grids become secondary as most needs are satisfied by finding points on the Z axis rather the x, and y, axis. Another way of thinking about this is to imagine that your grid will scale to your work.
Think SVG ( scalable vector graphics ) or grid “squares” that stretch to fit the given task. Within such an environment, because there is always an harmonic spiral, proportions can’t be lost. More…




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