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 Orthogon. Relationships 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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