Periodic Table of Form


Came across this article on the Core77 website and found it to be very interesting. As an Industrial Designer with a background in Mechanical Engineering, I am constantly working to keep my creative and technical sides in balance, or at least knowing the appropriate times to let one take over the other. As it relates to practical implementation of those ideas and skills, the use of the CAD analogy in this article struck home, as CAD and form generation are a big part of my daily work, skill set, and general interest. Having spent some time in the auto industry, I became very aware to the sublteness of line curvature, surface continuity, and the deep impact that they play in the overall feel of a product. That is not to say that I am an expert on the matter by any means or that anyone has to be to appreciate these topics, but when I am working with students, or sharing my modeling knowledge with colleagues, pieces like this artcle put into words very well the things that I can sometimes not. Having even a brief understanding of these mathematical and technical concepts can help you to develop a design conceiousness that really changes the way you look at exisitng form, and can drive the forms that you create to the next level.

One thought on “Periodic Table of Form

  1. This periodic design table reminds me of the concept drawing grids we used to use in design school. Those were a bit more free form than this table, but still helpful. You could use any traits you deemed appropriate for a form or product idea.

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