The details are not the details, they make the design. eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. ~ Architect Charles Eames
A visual culture, with an emotive appeal. Details exert a sublime power on everyday life. They impact our interaction and understanding with our surroundings.
Discoverability and understanding are the two most relevant attributes of a design with a focus on details. Details that stem from the need of usability, technology and the interplay of these with the human. Good design is all about HCD (human centred design).
Design deeply influences and is influenced by the world of visual patterns, which make design discoverable and affords us connectivity. The elements and styles of design help identify symmetry, scale, texture, repetition, complexities, precision, geometry and even time and space.
Scale & symmetry:
Scale and proportion have the largest impact on spatial functionality. Our built environment is based on the commonly known anthropometric data of human scale and proportion works with an intention to either create harmony or draw attention.
Symmetry is the reflection of shared forms, shapes, or angles across a central line called the axis. Symmetry adds ubiquitous charm, balance and harmony to a design.
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Scale and proportion
Patterns and geometry:
Patterns can never escape an observant eye. From road layouts to skylines, flower beds to window panes, cloudy beds under planes to waves in the sea; manmade or natural, patterns can evoke a place and time. Lines, angles, repetition, tessellation, and more participate to make intriguing patterns.
Geometry is a highly embedded feature of patterns. It is the art of structural science. For centuries geometry has afforded precision in design and the capacity for it to be reproduced in varied forms and scales.
Colours and textures:
Colours and textures make a visual statement and create a sensory recognition of the touch & feel of a surface or space. The play of light & shadow adds to the experience of sight and touch.
Colour can enhance or modify the visual perception of form. Colours are applied to a space, keeping in mind its function and the impact on the user-mind. It functions by creating a visual ambience of warmth & energy or a sense of calmness.
Texture imparts depth and a level of complexity to a surface. It creates an experience which is simultaneously visual and sensory. Texture has the ability to transform the austere to ornate, or draw coherence to disparity.
The eternal bond of design and details will continue to define how we view the world. Minds will be forced to converge, polarize and finally recognise the play of all the elements that form the DETAILS.