This is for our visual elements course, our teacher said to show these feelings or concepts (motion, distance, proximity, aggregation, and segregation) just with dots in a Square frame, I tried but he said they are not correct, how can I show these feelings just with dots?
I would tell my students to look up the meanings of the words.
Also, rather than look for one meaning, look for variations so that you have a broad understanding of the concept the word might be used to communicate.
You want to produce a graphic interpretation of the literal definition.
For example: If I choose the word "bright," you'd most likely choose a white square to represent it visually instead of a black square.
For your exercise(s), imagine you are looking out of a window down on a school playground. The playground is square, say. In the playground, are a bunch of children playing. (They are each one of the dots, metaphorically.)
For example: Where would all the students be (or end up) if I used the word(s) "Free candy here" indicating the centre of the playground? Hint: Substitute the dots for the position of the students. Would they be spread around the playground or gathered around the free candy?
I don't want to do your homework for you, but I can help you with the creative process. Make a list of all of the variables that are fixed.
- Square frame
- Dots Only
- Same size frames
Then make a list of the variables that you can change (I haven't read the assignment sheet of course so these are just examples).
Then look at each of your assigned "Emotions" (these seem more like spatial properties than emotions) and think about how you can vary your compositions. Do a google image search for each composition, don't fixate on a single image but look at lots of images and think about what they each have in common. Are there reoccurring themes or visual motifs? Think about what the "Dot" version of that might be.
I would keep your compositions abstract. Drawing a race-car out of dots will probably not satisfy the "motion" composition. Instead think more abstract, what happens when an object moves? Perhaps it gets bigger or smaller? Perhaps it pushes other objects out of the way? Perhaps it goes so fast that it is red and burning hot?
If you have too many dots I think you will be going the wrong direction. This assignment should be something you can do with 10 or fewer dots for each composition. Hopefully this helps!
All insightful answers you've got there! My suggestion is just to use both the dot(s) and the square frame to convey a meaningful information. That's it.
Your composition is the visual marker for known concepts and experiences that people have already had, which they relate to when seeing your composition. The composition does not tell a story per se. It aids the brain to complete the "missing elements" and to draw a meaning. Therefore, a divergence in meaning is likely. Your task is to make it as convergence as possible.
If I were you, I would not limit myself to having dots "inside" the square frame as you stated in your question---and would experiment with dots outside. I would use the dots sparingly because the brain would fill in what is missing in the composition anyway. Why would I add elements that might get in the way?
As for your concern about placing dots to make them impressive; it boils down to the negative space-positive element. Google how to build up such visual tensions.
Simplify and simplify (perfection, some say, is achieved when there is nothing left to throw away). It may be useful to ask others what they think of the dots and the square frame (i.e., what feeling the viewers relate to, do not accept "aw, they are cute!" responses), then compare with your intent having such composition. Rework if needed, and enjoy the whole process. It is always fun to err on school days.
This is a great assignment to learn design thinking by creating symbolic and metaphoric representation. It relies on graphic design theory where it overlaps human associations. To create emotions and feelings with dots you need to arrange them so they suggest something that gives the emotional content. Quite often this is done by making them look human or suggestive of human interaction.
Because no further options have been given I'm going to assume same size round black dots within a black square border that do not overlap or change value (if any of these rules are not true it will open up more options to convey emotion.
Motion, distance, proximity, aggregation, and segregation using dots.
This work is highly subjective and relies on associations that not everybody shares. Nonetheless the grammar of emotion through shapes is a key skill in graphic design.
To loosen up and get your mind in a symbolic mode our teacher had us do a certain set of exercises every time: take each concept: motion, distance, etc. and "cluster" around them, coming up with a list of 10 associated words for each. Then draw thumbnails of each of those words. Use the results as inspiration.
I wouldn't think of them as "just dots". Technically we're "just dots" because, atoms. Here's a few examples of how I would approach this concept.
For motion you can play with density like this . . . ...
If I were to approach distance, I would play with perspective, but not warping the circle of the dot, but the size of the dots in the as they go further toward the horizon line.
Look up pointillism, then back away from that idea and simplify the concept more and more. I usually design with the wildest idea in mind, and then back down from there if needed. Good luck!