WEFOUNDElements of Plane and Spherical Trigonometry: With Numerous Examples (Classic Reprint)


Last week we looked at zero and one dimensional elements, namely the point or dot and the line . This week we’ll add a couple of dimensions and talk about surfaces and planes (2D) and then move on to volumes (3D). Throughout we’ll consider the ideas of visual mass and weight.

Before getting to any of the above I want to start with a discussion of form.

Let me apologize in advance for bouncing back and forth between names throughout this post. Form, surface, plane, shape, volume, mass, weight. They get interchanged a lot depending on where you read them. Hopefully it won’t become too confusing as you read here or even better all these terms of visual grammar become clearer by the time you finish this post.

Form is any positive element we place on a page as opposed to the negative elements we consider space. Form is the point, line, plane, and volume. It’s the shapes and dots and text and textures and images we use in our design. If it’s meant to be a positive element it’s form.

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Last week we looked at zero and one dimensional elements, namely the point or dot and the line . This week we’ll add a couple of dimensions and talk about surfaces and planes (2D) and then move on to volumes (3D). Throughout we’ll consider the ideas of visual mass and weight.

Before getting to any of the above I want to start with a discussion of form.

Let me apologize in advance for bouncing back and forth between names throughout this post. Form, surface, plane, shape, volume, mass, weight. They get interchanged a lot depending on where you read them. Hopefully it won’t become too confusing as you read here or even better all these terms of visual grammar become clearer by the time you finish this post.

Form is any positive element we place on a page as opposed to the negative elements we consider space. Form is the point, line, plane, and volume. It’s the shapes and dots and text and textures and images we use in our design. If it’s meant to be a positive element it’s form.


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