Dilation – Design Strategy Blog

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?

February 1, 2008

More dilation info


More new info … bottom of “What Is Dilation”

Just easier is all.

January 6, 2008

What’s in the book

Table of contents page added today <!–more–>

January 4, 2008

Up date

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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