Response due at the beginning of class 9/15.
After this next week, we are going to begin talking about the Elements and Principles of Design. We first start with the Elements of Design that include: Line, Shape/Form, Space and Color. Since all design begins with a LINE, we will start with you exploring the role of line in your everyday life.
Please visit your course reading Interiors and read about the “Psychological Effects of Line.” (it is page 70 in 4th Edition, and close to page 70 in other editions) For this week, please provide a personal example of how line used in the built environment has affected you. Please find examples from your personal experience of the following line types:
1) Straight horizontal lines.
2) Straight vertical lines.
3) Diagonal or Zigzag line.
4) Soft Curved lines.
5) Tightly Curved lines.
An example of a possible answer:
1) Straight horizontal lines = I grew up in Tucson, Arizona where it is common to have single level long ranch style homes. The reason for the style of home reflected the weather in the region that averages a 100 degrees for many months of the year. I became used to homes that were low, flat and felt part of the terrian, as if they were rocks or mountains coming up from the ground. My home growing up in the desert felt at “rest” with the earth, whereas all other places I’ve lived the housing does not feel that it is integrated or part of the terrain. Instead they feel like they are visitors on the ground, an accessory on the earth. I believe part of the low restful horizontal lines of the single level ranch style home in the desert has made me incorporate the element of design “horizontal line” as a key element in ALL my designs.