A M D 178 Lecture 11: AMD 178 Lecture 11: Balance Rhythm and Emphasis (Chapter 9)

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AMD 178 Lecture 11: Balance Rhythm and Emphasis (Chapter 9)
Balance in Design:
o Definition:
Ideal and necessity in life
Balance leads to rhythm and gives importance to emphasis
o Types of Balance:
Structural: Equilibrium of an actual object
Visual: Perception and Psychological reactions
o Structural:
Equal weights: the principle of horizontal balance is best
illustrated by a fulcrum and a lever
An orderly arrangement provides
Symmetry: weight is the same but the size is different
Bilateral or radial symmetry: Pivotal central point
Vertical Balance
Important in gardening
Relationship of height to the weight at the bottom is extremely
Radial Balance
originates from a central pole
Symbolic of life within
o Visual Balance
The aesthetic quality of balance
The comparative visual weight of the parts to the whole
The visual impact can be equal even when the elements are quite
o A regular pulsation
o Often relates to balance
o Derivative of the Greek word meaning to flo
o Pythagoras elieed i the usi of the spheres
o Fixed time pattern beat
o Types of Rhythm
Seen in weaving
Interplay of balance and rhythm
Relates to radial balance
Example pirouette in ballet
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