Dilation – Design Strategy Blog

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Craft, Design, Signs, Symbols — aedh @ 9:48 am

Happy thought for 2008. More Water


December 14, 2007

Theory of Everything

Dilation strategy big time.

“Roger Highfield describes a heroic mathematical enterprise that could lay bare the fundamentals of the cosmos…

Mathematicians have successfully scaled their equivalent of Mount Everest. Today they unveil the answer to a problem that, if written out in tiny print, would cover an area the size of Manhattan.”


Physicist study variations on sunshine and dirt. Well… to be fair, some only study the language of Physics. Math is a language the universe never learned. Never heard of prime numbers and never heard of pi.
Sunshine and dirt exhibit dilation strategies at every level of organization:

Solar systems
Suns / stars

You name it, and yes, plants and animals are sunshine and dirt working in a concert that some people call “biology.”

The only place you won’t find dilation strategy usefully employed is the designers square and triangular grids. The designers ( impossible) center less grid wanders off to infinity one inch or centimeter at a time forever looking for a proportion it will never find. Unless of course you spend valuable time helping it out. A dilation matrix ( not a grid ) on the other hand, will spend all of it’s time helping you out regardless of the two or three dimensions of any given space where you might choose to deploy it. Dilation strategy is a math free organizing principle; easily understood visually, that a school age child anywhere in the world ( or big shot designer ) can learn with relative ease.

December 11, 2007


Filed under: Design — aedh @ 12:19 pm

Designers Without Borders

“Smallscale Philanthropy
Designers Without Borders is the only non-profit organization in the world specifically dedicated to enhancing development through communication design education. DWB spent academic 2006-2007 working with hundreds of African students…”

December 9, 2007

New Cover Design

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Design, Fonts, Graphic Design, Signs, Symbols — Tags: , , , , — aedh @ 4:44 am

I liked the old cover design, but, it originated back when the book included every dilation under the sun, the sun it’s self and a few others. This new cover reflects the clarified state of affairs for the “graphic design edition.”dds.gif

December 6, 2007


Dilation Design Strategy is about design, it’s not about style, as I like to make the distinction, not because, there is a need for debate, but rather a desire for clarity on my part.

Style Vs Design


Debate? “A List Apart”

December 2, 2007

Sample content

Dilation Design Strategy is simply faster and easirer than conventional methods.
As a demonstration, I have included sample content here from chapter 6 of the book; mostly illustrations from four pages: Sample

Dilation Design Strategy

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Design, Graphic Design — Tags: , , , , , , — aedh @ 3:38 am

New sample content page shows just how much easier Dilation Design Strategy really is.

Sample content page

November 14, 2007

Information Architecture

Filed under: Art, Design — Tags: , , — aedh @ 9:06 am

Your hard disk, CD’s and DVD’s have a dilation architecture with the largest ( longer with more information ) rings at the outside and becoming progressively shorter, with the shortest nearest the center.

October 11, 2007

Old cover Design

Filed under: Design — aedh @ 11:57 pm

Old cover design.


September 26, 2007

Forget measurement

Filed under: Art, Design — Tags: , , , , — aedh @ 5:03 pm

1. ) Euclid knew that every triangle, square, rectangle, circle or regular polygon has a center. ( center of gravity )
2. ) Euclid knew: If A. and B. be any two given points, there is one point C. who’s distance from A. and B. is equal. ( i.e. we can divide any line in half. )
3. ) Where ever two lines cross they meet at a point. ( howdy )

Happily, this is all the geometry an artist or designer needs to master dilation design space.

Any given space.

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