LA 10.2 – Layout – Symmetry/ Asymmetry

In this assignment I have been working with squares and rectangles, trying to figure out what affects symmetry and asymmetry.


Task

  1. On an A4 landscape page, draw four equal squares. Create 4 more pages in this way. So, you’ll have 5 pages with four squares on each.
  2. Draw one or two squares or rectangles in each empty square to achieve the following visual effects (refer to your textbook, p.41 as guidance). You can work with the interaction of rectangles and squares to make the balance or imbalance more evident.
    • Entering left
    • Movement to the right
    • Movement to the left
    • Movement downwards
    • Movement upwards
    • Balance
    • Tension
    • Symmetry/asymmetry

    Produce at least two different versions of each effect, recording your results each time. Explain in one or two sentences what you wanted to achieve (as shown in your manual).

  3. Submit your drawings and findings at WordPress.

Picture 1

01._enteringleft_movementtotheright

ENTERING LEFT
With the black square and the black rectangle placed to the left in the white square, it feels like the black blocks are entering from the left. The eyes are instantly drawn towards the black blocks in the left, keeping the white, blank space as a clean, delicate ground. It’s comfortable to look at and it feels well composed with a bit of excitement.  

MOVEMENT TO THE RIGHT
The two black blocks to the right inside the white squares makes it feel as if there is a movement towards the right. The eyes starts to focus on the block in the center of the square and continues to look towards the right. It feels well composed, comfortable to look at and delicate.


Picture 2

02._movementtotheleft_movement_downwards

MOVEMENT TO THE LEFT
The two black blocks to the left inside the white squares makes it feel as if there is a movement towards the left. The eyes starts to focus on block in the center of the square and continues to look towards the left. It feels well composed, comfortable to look at and delicate.

MOVEMENT DOWNWARDS
The two black blocks in the lower area of the white squares makes it feel as if there is a movement downwards. The eyes starts to focus on block in the center of the square and continues to look downwards. It feels well composed, comfortable to look at and delicate.


Picture 3

03._movementupwards_balance

MOVEMENT UPWARDS
The two black blocks in the upper area of the white squares makes it feel as if there is a movement upwards. The eyes starts to focus on block in the center of the square and continues to look upwards. It feels well composed, comfortable to look at and delicate.

BALANCE
With the black square and the black rectangle placed in the center of the white square, the composition feels balanced and it is very comfortable to look at. It doesn’t feel as if there is any movement, it feels rather stabile and calm. The eyes are instantly drawn towards the black blocks in the center, having equal space of white around the black square feels stable and static, leaving the white, blank space as a clean, delicate ground. It’s comfortable to look at and it feels well composed.


Picture 4

04._tension_symmetry

TENSION
The black blocks are placed randomly inside the white squares, leaving the compositions with a feeling of tension. It’s almost as if the black square and rectangle shall fall down to the bottom line of the square, or as if it would tilt. The black blocks are not aligned with any other elements in the compositions and the compositions does not feel either well composed, comfortable to look at or delicate. It might have worked with some more elements in the design, but alone it leave the viewer with a feeling of tension.

SYMMETRY
With the black squares and the black rectangles placed symmetrical within the white squares, the compositions feels perfectly right and comfortable to look at. It doesn’t feel as if there is any movement, it feels rather stabile and calm. The eyes are instantly drawn towards the black blocks in the center, having equal space of white around the black square feels stable, leaving the white, blank space as a clean, delicate ground. (The lower example, with the two rectangles might give a hint of movement upwards and downwards as the lines goes all the way to the end of the white rectangle).


Picture 5

05._asymmetry

ASYMMETRY
In contrast to the previous, symmetrical composition, these asymmetrical compositions feels as if there is a bit movement in the composition. The first example with the squares, feels as if one of the squares have moved the other square apart from each other. In the second example, the different sized rectangles, gives a hint of motion both up- and downwards and to the right and the left.


Resources

Lesson
«Overview of Layout» from Noroff School
Video Lesson part 1 + 2 from Noroff School
Lynda course InDesign CC 2017 Essential Training by David Blatner

Litterature
Page 38 – 39 of A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working in Print, Moving Image and Digital Media (Sixth Edition).

 

 


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