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ELEMENTS

Structure

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The Aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other . . . . Makeup, Manner . . . . Organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole . . . . Build, Construct, Form, Arrange in accordance with definite pattern of organization . . . .



From Principals of Two-Dimensional Design:
The way form is created, constructed, or organized along with other forms is often governed by a certain discipline which we call "structure" . . . .

Most designs have a structure. Structure is to govern the positioning of forms in a design Why is one group of unit forms displayed in a row and equidistant from another? Why does another group of unit forms suggest a circular pattern? Structure is the underlying discipline for such arrangements.

Structure generally imposes order and predetermines internal relationships of forms in a design. We may have created a design without consciously thinking of structure, but structure is always present when there is organization.

Structure can be formal, semi-formal, or informal. It can be active or inactive It can also be visible or invisible.

[Wong, Wucius. Principals of Two-Dimensional Design. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1972.]



C O N SI D E R:
Organization, Arrangement, Composition of shape, form, design, picture . . . .

Underlying and governing form or organization

Position

Relationship

Discipline

Order

Formality/informality

Activity/inactivity

Visibility/invisibility

Pattern

Grouping


R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
1 Structure n [ME, fr. L structura, fr. structus, pp. of struere to heap up, build -more at Strew] [15c] 1: the action of building: construction 2a: something [as a building] that is constructed b: something arranged in a definite pattern of organization [a rigid totalitarian __ -J. L. Hess] [leaves and other plant --s] 3: manner of construction: Makeup [Gothic in __] 4a: the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body [soil __] [molecular __] b: Organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole [economic __] [personality __] 5: the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other

2 Structure vt. [ca. 1693] 1: to form into or according to a structure 2: construct

Sstructured adj [1966]: of, relating to, or being a method of computer programming in which each step of the solution to a problem is contained in a separate subprogram [Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]




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