– To see the underlying structure within
– To learn how to create flexible systems
– To continue to explore the potential
of letterforms to communicate
Using the basic grid as a template, explore the variety of ways your letterform(s) can be used within the structural grid. Design two 10 x 10" compositions through experimentation with the following different grid systems. Both final compositions should demonstrate experiments with on of the grid systems.
Using one or more than one letterform (of either the uppercase or lowercase) in each of the squares, study how the position, rotation, shape, rhythm, repetition and size of the letterform can effect the visual flow and composition from one grid to another. Consider qualities of line, contrast, pattern, repetition, and the positive and negative relationships. It is important to note that while the grid provides you with an underlying organizational tool, the structure can be manipulated to create a variety of solutions.
Wucius Wong, Principles of Form and Design,
Begin by sketching with a 6 x 6" square divided into 9 equal parts (2" each). Start by drawing a simple [basic] grid. As the project progresses, experiment with more complex grid structures.
Inactive/Passive Structure: The space is divided into subdivisions which do not interfere with the forms they contain. STATIC
Active Structure: The space is divided into subdivisions which interact with the forms they contain. DYNAMIC
Invisible Structure: The lines that divide the space into subdivisions are not visible, but conceptual or implied
Visible Structure: The lines that divide the space into subdivisions are visible. They have thickness and can be either positive or negative.
Monday OCT 10
Begin Project 4 in class
Due Project 3
Wednesday OCT 12
Crit 10 6 x 6" sketches
use only the basic grid as a template
Monday OCT 17
Crit 8 6 x 6" sketches experiment with three grid structures
Wednesday OCT 19
Crit 4 10 x 10" sketches
* bring three objects to class on Monday
Monday OCT 24
Due Project 4
– Due two 10 x 10 compositions on 14 x 14" black
Letra Max 2000 board
– Due a minimum of 22 sketches bound in book
Begin Project 5 in class
* bring three objects to class/work in class
Render the final 10 x 10" composition on white, smooth bristol board using black pen and ink, black gouache or cut paper. Mount the completed 10 x 10" composition on 14 x 14", black Letra Max 2000 board.
Final Sketch Presentation
Organize all sketches for this project and bind them with a stab binding. You may reduce
10 x10" sketches on a copier for presentation in the sketchbook.