Writing of the week
Let’s continue with getting more design vocabulary, this time about shapes, dividing the article into two parts: the different types of shapes and the meaning of them.
Types of Shapes:
- Geometric: The typical “math” ones. Circle, square, rectangle. These are identified as organization, efficiency, structured.
- Organic: Irregular with curves. Eye pleasing and comforting. It reminds the typical nature shapes.
- Abstract: Not real. Typography and Icons are abstract ones because they came from a simplified version of letters, ideas and concepts.
Meaning of Shapes:
- Circles: Suggest completeness, without beginning or end. Warm, conforming, sensuality, love, energy, power. Protection, endurance, restriction.
- Squares & rectangles: Stables and honests. Order, mathematics, rationality. Solidity, security and equality.
- Triangles: Dynamic. Stable or unstable depending on their base. Tension, action, aggression. Steady if stable and conflicted if unstable. They suggest movement based of which way they point. Progression, direction and purpose.
- Spirals: Organic patterns, growth, evolution, time, life…
- Crosses: Divine, nature, wisdom, faith, balance, hope….
- Curved shapes: Organic, movement, happiness, pleasure…
Shapes - Design Argumentation Exercise #1
Defend a good web design that uses containers elements with round shaped corners and other onewith square corners. Use at least 4-5 adjectives to defend each example.
Shapes - Design Argumentation Exercise #2
Explore the web and list some good examples of not so common shapes like triangles, spirals, or organic ones. Now, defend why these are good examples.
Reference Article → Visual Grammar - Shapes by Vanseo Design: https://vanseodesign.com/web-design/visual-grammar-shapes/?ref=uxdatabase.io