Keyform

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This assignment illustrates the 7 concepts (Contrast, Asymmetry, Harmony, Rhythm, Scale, Tension, Movement) and another 2 of my choice (Balance, ) with the help of sample key forms provided.

Version 0: 

Contrast

-Contrast: The key in the centre depicts how strikingly different it is from the other same keys, thus creating a contrasting notion.

Asymmetry

-Asymmetry: The break in the symmetrical formation of the keys depicts the notion of asymmetry.

Harmony

-Harmony: The undisturbed alignment, formation and stability of the arrangement forms the base for the harmony.

Rhythm

-Rhythm: The idea of rhythm (repeating pattern) is illustrated by the continual pattern of one large and one small key.

Scale

-Scale: The gradual increase in the size of the keys, elucidates the idea of scale.

Tension

-Tension: The fall of the big key over the string of small keys, creates a picture of intense force or tension.

Movement

-Movement: The big fish (key) leading the other small ones in a well formed arrangement gives us the idea of movement.

Balance

-Balance: The equilibrium is maintained by balancing the large key with large number of small keys. After all, many a drop make an ocean.

 

Eureka

-Eureka: The picture illustrates the notion of sudden discovery!


The designs were displayed in the next class and invited critiques and suggestions. The students participated in the critique with lot of enthusiasm, thanks to Amy who kept us motivated through out the exercise!

Some clicks from the critique session:

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Further, the students commented on the designs (paper backs) and suggested improvements. I’ve taken into account the changes suggested and have come up with the improved version of my old designs- Version 1 (Finale).

Version 1:

 

  • Contrast

Suggestions: Make the gaps between the keys consistent and pushing the center key down.
My take: I believe that both the suggestions are useful in perfecting the alignment and physics. Hence, I’ve implemented them in V1.

Contrast

  • Asymmetry

Suggestions: Reduce the number of keys for simplicity and remove the only key from the right side for better communication.
My take: I believe that reducing the number of keys might make the diagram sparse, giving a less coherent feel to the user. On the other hand, I agree with removing the key on the right side, as it makes the idea of asymmetry more obvious. Hence, I’ve implemented the latter suggestion in V1.

Asymmetry

  • Harmony

Suggestions: Add more consistency to the circular arrangement of keys by evenly spacing them.
My take: I believe that this suggestion is worth implementing as the inconsistent arrangement won’t define harmony. Hence, I’ve implemented the suggestion in V1.

Harmony

  • Rhythm

Suggestions: Add more keys to the repeating pattern so as to give a bigger picture of rhythm.
My take: I believe that the suggestion makes a valid point. But, implementing it wouldn’t make much difference in communicating the same idea. Bigger picture is a rare preference of user, and the current arrangement already communicates the idea very well. Hence, I’ve not tweaked the V0 and thus, the newer version V1 is still equal to the Old one.

Rhythm

  • Scale

Suggestions: Move the largest key on the right closer to the right margin. This way it gives a better idea of increasing scale.
My take: I believe that the suggestion made a good point of increasing scale and it’s implementation would surely communicate the idea of scale (increasing) in a better way. Hence, I’ve implemented it in V1.

Scale

  • Tension

Suggestions: Add more curvature to the strig
My take: I believe that both the suggestions are useful in perfecting the alignment and physics. Hence, I’ve implemented them in V1.

Tension

  • Movement

Suggestions: Praises! Yeay!
My take: I believe that the current does justice to its title i.e. movement. The fishes flowing across the page depict the idea of movement. Hence, the same version is being used as the Version 1 (finale).

Movement

  • Balance

Suggestions: Make both the weights look alike, as the total weight of objects on the right weighing pan appears more than the one on the left pan.
My take: I partially agree with the suggestion, as the way I depicted it was slightly different. Although the heights of both the weights on the different pans look different, the key on the left has its center of mass towards its left,  eventually making its weight lesser than what it looks. So. the small amount of weight on the right balances the scale. Hence, I’ve slightly decreased the height of the let key in V1 to give it a more obvious effect.

Balance

  • Eureka

Suggestions: Praises! Yeay again!
My take: I believe that the idea of light bulb makes it more obvious to think about Eureka, a sudden idea or discovery. Hence, the newer version, V1, stays as is.

Eureka

Thanks for stopping by and reading! 🙂

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