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?

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.

September 25, 2007


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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