About Orthogons


Orthogons: a subconscious language in

lines, dimension and space

Orthogons resolve design issues by providing:

·                    ideas for where to begin

·                    an organizational format that relates specific elements to each other and to the work as a whole

·                    potential layers of meaning—effectively connecting the work philosophically and physically to the world


Orthogons are simply space relationships repeated any direction within a work.  Often a few relationships (small, medium and large) form a very powerful piece.


Orthogons can be created without using a complicated numeric formula.  (The Egyptians tied knots on a rope to re-plot the land that was annually flooded by the Nile.) 


Practicing with a compass is a good way to become familiar with Orthogons.  String, the straightedge of a piece of paper or even a stick can be used to lay out the design for a work. 


Once the design is established, larger projects may benefit from use of a scaling system (such as a grid).


Any Orthogon can be used with any other OrthogonRelationships create a cohesive group of elements.


Precision in measuring is up to the will and/or needs of the designer.  Harmonious relationships create order as a foundation in a work.


Use of any design system does not guarantee quality.


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