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List the 8 graphic tools (after Hansen) and name one or two characteristics for each

1. Circle

- Characteristic: continuous or broken line, starts and ends at same point

- Represents: wholeness, an element, system, concept

- Function: enclose an area, boundary, span

2. Square

- Characteristic: 90° corners

- Represents: container for information, facts

- Function: contain text, relationship between elements

3. Square with rounded edges

- Characteristic: rounded edges

- Represents: setting, situation, location, context

- Function: contain / hold element, system, concept

4. Triangle

- Characteristic: 3 sides, ends at the angles

- Represents: 3 aspects of sth

- Function: point of departure, comparisons, contrasting, structure

5. Line

- Characteristic: straight, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, broken, arrow

- Represents: connection, boundary, separation,

- Function: connecting, system, time-line

6. Point

- Characteristic: small, large, simple, complex, textured, single, multiples

- Represents: a point in time, lists, sign

- Function: focus, attention, make a point, emphasize

7. Fuzz

- Characteristic: dark, scribbled lines

- Represents: unknown, idea, undeveloped

- Function: mark sth unknown, not yet defined

8. Combinations (2 or more)

- Represents: complexity, stages, evolution, perspectives, difference

- Function: complex wholes, structure, connections (e.g. Mind-Map), planning, organization

- Characteristic: continuous or broken line, starts and ends at same point

- Represents: wholeness, an element, system, concept

- Function: enclose an area, boundary, span

2. Square

- Characteristic: 90° corners

- Represents: container for information, facts

- Function: contain text, relationship between elements

3. Square with rounded edges

- Characteristic: rounded edges

- Represents: setting, situation, location, context

- Function: contain / hold element, system, concept

4. Triangle

- Characteristic: 3 sides, ends at the angles

- Represents: 3 aspects of sth

- Function: point of departure, comparisons, contrasting, structure

5. Line

- Characteristic: straight, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, broken, arrow

- Represents: connection, boundary, separation,

- Function: connecting, system, time-line

6. Point

- Characteristic: small, large, simple, complex, textured, single, multiples

- Represents: a point in time, lists, sign

- Function: focus, attention, make a point, emphasize

7. Fuzz

- Characteristic: dark, scribbled lines

- Represents: unknown, idea, undeveloped

- Function: mark sth unknown, not yet defined

8. Combinations (2 or more)

- Represents: complexity, stages, evolution, perspectives, difference

- Function: complex wholes, structure, connections (e.g. Mind-Map), planning, organization

Flashcard info:

Author: Anna Mar

Main topic: Designtheorie

Topic: Information Design

School / Univ.: Macromedia Hochschule

City: Hamburg

Published: 08.07.2014