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The Geometric Division of Space. Frameworks for Design Analysts

Wang, Chaoran (2017) The Geometric Division of Space. Frameworks for Design Analysts. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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This research aims to explore the persistence of geometric constructions and focuses on related issues such as proportions in the visual arts, design and architecture in both historical and modern contexts. Based on literature review, a comprehensive understanding on how geometric constructions function as (hidden) guidelines in design practice is developed. This research adopts a qualitative research approach underpinned by the analysis of case study material. Five case study groups are selected and studied. They are: terracotta warriors, Xi'an (China); cathedral floor plans; Scottish clan tartans; posters; web-pages. Novel analytical methods are developed based on certain geometric structures and related proportions and their use in the areas of human body proportion, architecture, textiles, graphic design and interface design. From the research, it is found that certain space division methods and proportions are found to be used frequently in more than one design discipline. There is an indication that certain proportions are more preferred by human eyes than others. After analysis and summaries of the space division methods associated with each case study group, a range of frameworks of value to design analysts is proposed. Each case study can be considered to yield a unique framework of value to analysts considering similar case study material. Thus the contributions of this study include: an explanation of why geometry structures are powerful compositional aids; a contribution to the scholarly debate; further knowledge which may be of value to analysts across the full spectrum of visual art and design.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: geometry, division of space, frameworks
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > School of Design (Leeds) > Contemporary Art Practice (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.715048
Depositing User: Dr. Chaoran Wang
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 12:09
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 09:55
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/17433

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