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Viscom: Assignment 3, Part 2 – Compositional Balance

Viscom: Assignment 3, Part 2 – Compositional Balance
September 14, 2012 nick howland

For the second part of the third assignment of our current Viscom project (still with me?), we continued the study of space but took a closer look at compositional balance. More specifically, we studied three different forms of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical, neutral, and ambiguous. Diving into each principle, we were asked to define them, create 3 graphic illustrations for each, and go out into the world around us and find 1 example of each principle then photograph it. The definitions, illustrations, and photographs are directly below.

Definitions:

Symmetrical / A form of balance characterized by similar objects placed on opposite sides of a central axis, but the placement creates a uniform, equal, proportionate composition.

Asymmetrical / A form of balance characterized by objects being placed on opposite sides of a central axis but the placement of the items causes the composition to appear unequal and non-uniform. It does not look proportionate.

Ambiguous / A form of balance characterized by it’s undecided nature. The objects in the composition do not clearly or directly relate to one another.

Neutral / A form of balance characterized by it’s random and haphazard placement of objects. There is no clear emphasis.

Graphic Illustrations & Photographs