Shape: Talking about Seeing and Doing by George Stiny

By George Stiny

Suit, George Stiny argues that seeing shapes -- with all their changeability and ambiguity -- is an inexhaustible resource of artistic rules. knowing shapes, he says, is an invaluable option to comprehend what's attainable in design.Shapes are units for visible expression simply as symbols are units for verbal expression. Stiny develops a unified scheme that comes with either visible expression with shapes and verbal expression with indicators. The relationships -- and equivalencies -- among the 2 sorts of expressive units make layout related to different specialist practices that count extra on verbal than visible expression. layout makes use of shapes whereas company, engineering, legislations, arithmetic, and philosophy flip in general to symbols, however the distinction, says Stiny, isn't really express. Designing is a fashion of pondering. Designing, Stiny argues, is calculating with shapes, calculating with no equations and numbers yet nonetheless in accordance with principles. Stiny exhibits that the mechanical technique of calculation is basically an inventive procedure in case you calculate with shapes -- in case you can cause together with your eyes, if you happen to discover ways to see rather than count.The ebook takes the assumption of layout as calculation from mere heuristic or metaphor to a rigorous dating within which layout and calculation every one tell and improve the opposite. Stiny first demonstrates how seeing and counting fluctuate should you use principles -- that's, what it capability to calculate together with your eyes -- then exhibits the way to calculate with shapes, supplying formal information. He provides functional purposes in layout with particular visible examples. The booklet is terribly visible, with many drawings all through -- drawings punctuated with phrases. you might want to see this booklet with a view to learn it.

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What’s at stake here is not how good you are at this— Alexandra’s l’s, i’s, and fish are better—but how to do it not knowing in advance that you’re going to. ) Otto Neurath talks about visual language in ‘‘Visual Education’’— Visual statements and verbal statements are different and not translatable element by element. 16 The shape a-boywalks-through-a-door and the matching sentence are structurally distinct. The one has two parts, while the other has six, as above, or more at the nodes of a tree, like the one on the next page.

Do I have to decide once and for all? I can change my mind about what I see anytime I want. Is this automatically an error? Where’s the pitfall? Seeing isn’t stuck—it has no roots in metaphysical ground. Nothing is certain. It’s merely a convenience to assume that the things in the world are so forever, and keep all of their original parts. It facilitates taking roll. But if I only count, I’m going to miss a whole lot. Once I begin, I lose my chance to change. There aren’t any surprises with symbols.

Miss H—— would fit right in. The main emphasis is still on counting instead of seeing—at least seeing isn’t taught. (I’m not alone in thinking so. Mel Levine is an expert in education and a pediatrician who helps kids whose learning styles don’t fit in school. They see things differently and are difficult to teach. Dr. Levine distinguishes counting—‘‘sequential ordering’’—and seeing—‘‘spatial ordering’’—and is clear about which is the more important in today’s classrooms. Being great at spatial perception seems not to be a graduation requirement.

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