Join Dave Schultze for an in-depth discussion in this video Symmetry, part of Design Foundation 3D: Shape and Form.
- Symmetry is defined as being constructed…of exactly similar parts,…either facing each other or in a circular arrangement,…and symmetry is everywhere.…We see it in the natural world…where it very likely inspired…the very first caveman designer.…It's been theorized that we humans…are attracted to symmetry,…because so many organisms have evolved…with this bilateral symmetry,…like this green beetle here or any butterfly.…Many products also have symmetry…but it's not always obvious at first glance.…First some definitions.…
There are two basic flavors of symmetry:…the axial kind, which is what we just saw,…and as can be seen in any mirrored reflection.…These reflections can also repeat…going from simple two-sided,…all the way up to a crazy kaleidoscope effect.…Along the way, shapes can distort…and do ever more beautiful or weird patterns.…The second flavor is radial symmetry…where the parts go around in a circle.…In 3D software we call this a polar array.…Here I am constructing a cool 3D spiral stairway…all from a single step form.…
First, see how the same idea can be applied in a smaller 2D scale—like graphics and print, fine art, and advertising. Dave then blows it up in 3D, and showcases examples from product design, furniture, architecture, and urban planning.
Projects and concepts are presented in an engaging and sometimes irreverent manner with images, videos, and personal and professional stories from Dave. Check out this fast-paced tour as it covers topics ranging from grids and axes to designing with humor.
- Design exploration with sketching
- 3D exploration with organic forms
- Grids and axes
- Defining space
- Color and contrast
- Texture and patterns
- Minimalism. Less is more.
- Retro. It's back!