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Squares! Thumbnail Sketches

For class we were assigned to create visual representations of certain words using only squares. Here are some of my preliminary sketches. 

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Active vs. Passive

For active squares I wanted to show movement, so I did that by creating squares of different sizes and tilting them to create the illusion of motion. During critiques I got a lot of positive feedback for the last one on the left. For the second one I tried to show how gravity would affect the squares. Passive was definitely a lot less intuitive than active. I tried playing around with different compositions that I thought gave a more calming feeling.

 

Static vs. Rhythmic

Static made me think of large, unmoving squares. I drew a lot of them stacked on top of each other to show how stable they were. For rhythmic I focused on patterns.

 

Symmetry vs. Asymmetry

I used vertical, horizontal, and diagonal symmetry. For asymmetry someone commented that they liked the idea of having an odd one out.