Applying Geometric Relationship in Product Design

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Hyo ,Jin Koh
Series: E&PDE
Institution: University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Section: Design Education in Practice
Page(s): 249-254
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


Geometry and the golden ratio in art, architecture and design are frequently used as a way to perceive aesthetically pleasing structures rather than as a principle to further develop visual coherence and as a basis for rational decisions in the design process. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how geometric relationships can be applied to the product design process. It will also investigate how geometric relationships can provide effective design rules which can be practical and directly applicable in design. Geometry workshops were carried out in the Creativity Zone at the University of Brighton and in the Design Studio at the University of Sussex between 2011 and 2012. During the workshops three hypotheses have been tested on product design students to investigate how design practitioners perceive geometry and how the golden ratio in designs may be utilised to recognise harmonious geometry.

Keywords: Geometry, the golden ratio, design principles, harmonic proportion, theory and practice


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