Graphic Language: A Translation

  • Unit 1 Question: How can you translate what you see into a graphic language?

    This was the prompt given to us for our first project in Design Studio I at RISD. Part I of this assignment was to take 50 photos of our environment and translate them into 25 black and white designs. We were required to translate these photos with five unorthodox materials such as marshmallows, thread, straws, etc. We were then to present all 25 designs in a PDF file and show the step-by-step translation/process of creating five of our favorite designs. 
  • An overview of my 25 designs, taken from the PDF file we submitted as the final product.
  • Full view: design #1
  • Full view: design #2.
  • Full view: design #3.
  • Full view: design #13.
  • Full view: design #15.
  • Full view: design #17.
  • Documentation of one of my processes.
  • Part II: Gestalt Principles

    Create five new compositions that illustrate the 5 Gestalt principles of closure, continuation, figure/ground, proximity, and similarity (using the first 25 designs as a kit). 
  • Gestalt principle: Closure
    The squares are not connected, yet you can still make out the prism in the center because your brain fills in the rest. 
  • Gestalt principle: Continuation
    Your eye follows the composition from left bottom corner to top right corner. 
  • Gestalt principle: Figure/ground
    Can you see the man calling his wife?
    Now can you see the wife?
  • Gestalt principle: Proximity
    Things that are arranged close together are seen as a group.
  • Gestalt principle: Similarity
    Things of similar size, shape, value, or texture will be seen as a whole. The hexagons are not connected, but because they are similar you see a circle.