Join Dave Schultze for an in-depth discussion in this video Transparency, part of Design Foundation 3D: Shape and Form.
- Transparency is described as a total lack of color,…but I'd argue that's just a starting point.…There's more to this topic than meets the eye.…Looking at this stack of colored paper cards,…we see an arrangement of adjacent, opaque colors.…Now, a different stack.…The intermediate tones between adjacent colors…are starting to suggest an overlapping semi-transparency.…In this final illustration, we place the overlapping…colors on a dark background.…The effect is striking.…
The first think you see is the transparency.…One more thing to blow your mind.…Here's a polished glass sphere enjoying a day at the beach.…It is both transparent, and yet, 100 percent reflective…thanks to refraction.…Yes, it is upside down, but this illustrates…how fluid some of these terms can be,…and maybe gives you some design inspiration.…Moving beyond these two examples,…the use of glass in architecture and acrylic pride design,…is the way we achieve transparency…when objects are three-dimensional and functional.…
In architecture, this effect can be profound.…
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!