A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Major Areas of Gestalt Theory:
In an assortment of objects, the ones that are close to each other are perceived as a group.
Similarity can occur in the form of shape, color, dimension or other qualities.
When parts of a whole object are missing, our perception fills in the visual gap.
Objects are perceived as a continuous line that follows an established path.
Each student will start with a solid shape. It will be up to each student to create unique design, without losing the original shape. How much can be taken away and still see the original design? Is there a particular pattern or concept that will make the original image more interesting? What if the butterfly is made up of many tiny shapes of caterpillars? Below are some works in progress of student work.
Original design is still perceived, but with new designs.
What is more visually interesting, the solid circle or the circle made from many circles? Continuation occurs in the second example of the shapes. Two triangles are formed. There are no actual triangles.