Successor to Plain and Provisional investigating what sort of aesthetics might be appropriate and sustainable.
Repetition, grouping, alternation etc of elements effects perceived order.
Proximity of units takes prevcedence over colour, type, sequence or shape
A number of procedures can be used to generate random or seemingly random sequences of elements.
The first method is the continuing random selection from a fixed palette of elements.
Note red dot, yellow pentagon repeat and blue square repeat.
pattern palette modified selected
The second method ensures that all elements are selected before an element can be selected again (12 tone method)
Elements are again selected randomly but once an element has been selected it is removed from the palette. Thus ensuring that each element is selected before any is selected twice.
Note the need to use all elements in the palette before the palette is refilled produces a secondary module, but very difficult to read.
dealing with randomly selected elements
Given that elements may be selected (more or less randomly) by owners etc how best to deal with this aesthetically?
use a reduced palette.
Use a single material or colour (or a very limited set of materials or colours)
This requires the designer to have full control of the selection of the elements.
This may be true when the scheme is being built but over its life will become less and less so.
limited palette addition above still needs designer control
much weaker where the strong frame is itself coded.