06 Apr Geometrical shapes, design deadshot
Geometry is fundamental in shape generation, and it’s one of the most effective starting points for designers when looking for new shapes. As designers, we’re always looking for ways to come up with fresh, innovative ideas that meet the needs of our clients or simply improve our independent research.
The solution is right in front of us.
The Power of Simple Geometrical Shapes
Starting from geometrical shapes can help us boost our concept and be more effective in our design work. The reason for this is that people can easily read and understand geometrical shapes, and they can help us communicate our ideas more clearly.
However, as designers, we often get lost in the search for fancy shapes, thinking that we need to create something completely new and unique. But sometimes, these fanciful shapes are not needed, or worse, those get generated from nowhere.
Framework for Managing Simple Shapes
We should focus on starting with simple geometrical shapes and using them in creative ways to create stunning designs. By doing this, we are not just creating objects that are both functional and beautiful, while also communicating our ideas clearly to people.
To manage simple shapes effectively, we can follow this framework:
1 -Focus on the concept: start by identifying the core concept of your design. What problem are you trying to solve? What is the main function of the object you’re designing? Once you have a clear understanding of the concept, you can move on to the next step. Sounds banal, but the hurry can make you forget the basics.
2 – Try to solve it using geometrical forms: look for simple geometrical shapes that can help you communicate your concept effectively or solve a function. This clears your mind and defines a first design roadmap.
3 – Evolve them: once you have a basic shape, start to evolve it by adding or subtracting elements. You can also experiment with different proportions or angles to create a unique shape that fits your concept.
4 – Spice them with details: Finally, add details to your design to enhance its visual appeal. This could include texture, pattern, or other decorative elements. But remember, the details should always serve the concept, not distract from it.
Case Study: The Float Lamp
My lamp, Float for Axolight, is an example of a design that incorporates simple shapes and follows this framework.
I started with the concept of a lamp that would be effective in communicating its function and not distract the user with unnecessary shapes. I then used a simple geometrical shape that remembered an icon of a lamp as a starting point and evolved it by adding a slight curve to the body. Finally, I added details such as the frosted glass shade and all the metal bases to enhance its visual appeal without detracting from its simplicity.
You can see more of this project following this link: https://marioalessiani.com/float/
Michael Anastassiades’ Approach
Michael Anastassiades is another example of a designer who understands the power of simplicity in design. By starting with simple geometrical forms, he’s able to create stunning lighting and furniture pieces that are both functional and beautiful.
Note: I would have put an image of one of the lamps he designed for Flos, but I didn’t received the permission yet. But feel free to use this link to see it.
As designers, we’re always looking for new shapes and ways to express our ideas. The research for new shapes is a key point in our life, but we should remember that sometimes, the best solution is right under our eyes.
Design Examples and Shape Generation
By starting with geometrical shapes and following this framework, we can create effective designs that meet the needs of our clients and communicate our ideas clearly, without getting lost in the search for fancy shapes that are not necessary.
Here are 3 examples of my designs and how I generated the shapes. This will look simplistic, but it is just a scheme to explain, generating these forms was not as intuitive as it looks, it took me a lot of research and this is just the final result.
In conclusion, geometrical shapes are a powerful tool in the world of design, and they can help us achieve our goals more effectively. By using these shapes as a starting point and following this framework, we can create stunning designs that are both functional and beautiful, while also communicating our ideas clearly to people.