Dilation – Design Strategy Blog

October 19, 2009

Five easy steps

The five easy steps to design space mastery.

What is dilation?

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October 18, 2009

Dilation and vision.

Artists: Vincent VanGogh

The Café Terrace at Night

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

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What is dilation?

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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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September 25, 2007

Systems

The Euclidian grid, being infinitely extend did not come with a system of proportion built in and so many artists and designers over the years sought out many different ways of introducing harmony into their works. Divine proportion being sometimes taught at design / art schools is only one of the better known systems. Though many graduates, in fact, still have difficulties with the “golden mean.” The golden spiral when employed by trees seems to give exceptional results, however, it doesn’t always produce good results when applied by designers. The divine spiral is singular and trying to apply it in all design work is a bit like trying to construct a forest by repetitions of single tree branch. It could to look odd. Only one of the many benefits of dilation strategy, on the other hand, is that dilations are constructed entirely of harmonious spirals should you need them. Always available when you want them and completely invisible when you don’t.

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