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### Symmetry

1. 1. Symmetry 11/15/13 Monday, November 18, 13
2. 2. Symmetry Ordering principle in nature that represents the center of balance between two or more opposing sides Monday, November 18, 13
3. 3. Symmetry in Nature Exists with precision and beauty in nature Humans mimic this principle in design to create balance and order in what we see Monday, November 18, 13
4. 4. Lines of symmetry Refers to the imaginary line where you could fold the image and have both halves match exactly (e.g. horizontal, vertical, diagonal) Monday, November 18, 13
5. 5. Types of Symmetry Translation Reﬂection Rotation Monday, November 18, 13
6. 6. Translation Symmetry Repeating pattern of identical elements that are proportionally spaced out along a line Monday, November 18, 13
7. 7. Reﬂection Symmetry “Mirror eﬀect:” When one object is reﬂected across a plane to create another instance of itself. Most common type we think of is horizontal (e.g. human body), but can take any direction Monday, November 18, 13
8. 8. Rotational Symmetry Object is rotated in a certain direction around a point Can be used in design to convey motion or forward progress in an otherwise static medium Monday, November 18, 13
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16. 16. Asymmetry The lack of symmetry Calls attention to certain elements by creating disorder Can be used as a design tool to create points of interest Creates visual hierarchy Monday, November 18, 13
17. 17. Use asymmetry to grab attention! Monday, November 18, 13
18. 18. Asymmetry vs. Symmetry Asymmetrical object is visually heavier than a symmetrical object So: symmetry is good for patterns, backgrounds, general layout, and anything else that is meant to be visually passive Asymmetry is eﬀective in breaking monotony and attracting attention Monday, November 18, 13