DRAKON Visual Language: Tutorial. Part 3

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DRAKON Visual Language: Tutorial. Part 3

  1. 1. DRAKON VisualLanguageTutorial. Part 3:Simple recipes of beauty
  2. 2. MetreWhat is “metre”? In poetry, metre is the basicrhythmic structure of a verse.What is “metre”in graphics?The rule that prescribes to havethe same distance between anytwo neighboring elements.
  3. 3. Metre: the same distance betweenneighboring elements
  4. 4. Metre: the same distance betweenneighboring elements
  5. 5. Metre: the same distance betweenneighboring elements
  6. 6. Metre: the same distance betweenneighboring elements
  7. 7. Metre: the same distance betweenneighboring elements
  8. 8. This distance isgreater because ofthe “No” textMetre: the same distance betweenneighboring elements
  9. 9. Metre is good because●It brings style into the diagram●It creates visually pleasant orderMetre is an easy wayto make the diagramlook professional
  10. 10. RhythmWhat is “rhythm”? The arrangement of musicalsounds in time.What is “rhythm” ona DRAKON chart?The rule that prescribesincreased distance betweensilhouette branches.
  11. 11. The rule that prescribesincreased distance betweensilhouette branches.The arrangement of branches in spaceRhythmWhat is “rhythm”? The arrangement of musicalsounds in time.What is “rhythm” ona DRAKON chart?
  12. 12. Rhythm is 2-3 times greater than metre
  13. 13. RhythmRhythmMetreRhythm is 2-3 times greater than metre
  14. 14. Rhythm●Clearly separates branches.●When there is rhythm,just a quick glance on the DRAKON chart isenough to see the branches.
  15. 15. The same width of icons on a skewerWhy do all iconson a skewer haveto be of the samewidth?● The skewer looks like a singleentity● No icons pop out. The variationof width does not distractthe reader
  16. 16. Only the icons that are partof the algorithm should beof the same widthThe widths of the headerand the “End” iconshould not be aligned withother icons
  17. 17. The same width of icons on a skewer
  18. 18. The same width of icons on a skewer
  19. 19. The same width of icons on a skewer
  20. 20. The same width of icons on a skewer
  21. 21. Airis empty space between the text andthe border of the iconAdd the beaten eggand milkAdd the beaten eggand milk
  22. 22. There should be enough air,but not too much
  23. 23. Оптимальное количество воздухаToo tight. Little air.Too much air.Just right.
  24. 24. Common fateWhat is“common fate”?An obvious interconnectionbetween two or moreicons on different skewers
  25. 25. The “Show screen” icons have a common fate
  26. 26. Common fateWhen do iconshave a common fate?● When they performthe same or similar action,● but have a difference thatdepends on the skewer
  27. 27. Icons with a common fate are alignedby the top edge
  28. 28. SummaryBeauty techniques on DRAKON charts:●metre●rhythm●same width●air●common fate
  29. 29. SummaryBeauty techniques on DRAKON charts:●metre: the same distance between neighboring elements●rhythm: an increased distance between silhouette branches●same width: the same width of icons on a skewer●air: enough space between the text and the border●common fate: vertical alignment of interrelated icons
  30. 30. Stepan Mitkinstipan.mitkin@gmail.comThe diagrams on the slides were made withDRAKON Editorhttp://drakon-editor.sourceforge.net/June 2013End

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