Dilation – Design Strategy Blog

October 19, 2009

Five easy steps

The five easy steps to design space mastery.

What is dilation?


October 18, 2009

Dilation and vision.

Artists: Vincent VanGogh

The Café Terrace at Night

The illusion of receding space is a dilation called “perspective.”


What is dilation?

In fact other illusions of 3 dimentions called “projections” are dilations as well.


Dilation as “fractal” or “iteration” or “hologram”

Any space within a dilation can be a new dilation or “fractal” or “iteration” or “child” copy of the original like a holograph.


What is dilation?

October 2, 2009

Dilation in Babylon about 1900 B.C.

I’ve read that this cuneiform tablet is an instructional for scribes. It is thought to be 3,700 years old.

Graphic designers have been around for awhile.


“While the tangram is often said to be ancient, the earliest known printed reference to tangrams appears in a Chinese book dated 1813, which was probably written during the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor.[1]” The o.5 dilation inscribed lower right in the clay tablet above could easily have produced the geometry of a tangram 3,700 years ago in Babylon.


What is dilation?

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.

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