Design is thinking made visual.
For this week’s photo challenge, we’re taking a closer look at shapes and designs. Once you start noticing them, you’ll find them in many places–in nature, in works of art, in food, in architecture–to name a few. In my first photo, the colorful design makes a wonderful quilt, don’t you think?
Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.
I love looking for shapes and designs in architecture. Here’s another photo from the Wellington Hotel in London, which I shared in last week’s challenge. In this small interior section of the lobby, you can see wonderful examples of different shapes and design motifs in the corinthian columns, the vaulted ceiling, and the graceful arches.
Everything has shape, if you look for it. There is no escape from form.
One of nature’s mysteries is her intricate and beautiful shapes and designs. This image is an old favorite from Meier Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love the distinctive markings on the butterfly and the leaf.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
These last two photos from an exhibit by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei-Wei highlight a variety of shapes and designs. His exhibits are created with unusual materials and have many traditional and non-traditional components. For instance, this self-portrait of the artist was created with Legos. (Click on the image to see an enlarged version.)
In this wider shot of the exhibit you can see the wallpaper and the vases he designed. You’ll notice that his 3 self portraits on the back wall show him smashing one of the vases.
This week we invite you to share images that feature shapes and designs. Have fun searching for them in nature, in your home, in architecture, in food, in textiles, on the street–and just about everywhere else. We are looking forward to seeing your images that will take us to unexpected places near and far! Include a link to this post and be sure to use the Lens-Artists tag.
For Tina’s Interesting Architecture challenge last week, you shared marvelous examples of architecture from around the world. What a treat for all of us!
We’re delighted to announce that Lindy Low LeCoq will be our guest host next week for LAPC #175. We invite you to visit her beautiful and thought-provoking site next Saturday at noon to join our next challenge.
In closing, I’d like to share a link to a wonderful artist who creates beautiful animals portraits using stones and seashells. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.