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The design process - Understanding the design principles
Written by richart khalil   

Rhythm is the movement or flow of forms through space at fairly regular intervals. It may be quiet flow, an orderly movement or an energetic rush. It is seen in the pattern of a single form in a textile or tile, or in repeated forms of brick, stone or wood paneling.

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Rhythm is the repetition of one or more forms in an organized, structured manner that gives design its fluid quality. It creates a sense of movement to carry the eye around a space, increasing enjoyment and response. Repeated forms provide the simplest type of rhythm but identical shapes of the same size may be monotonous.
Progression, forward movement, is achieved by changing the size of the forms of their value or color. A single motif can be used in different ways and sizes and in different combination along with directional lines and shapes, color, tone and intensity.
In order to avoid monotony, variety is a necessary design component along with rhythm. Forms, colors, textures and patterns should be varied yet unified. A room with too many patterns, forms or textures has no unity and is over-stimulating. An area may appear attractive and yet induce emotional discomfort. Care must be exercised in the use of patterns, diagonals, curves, multiple textures, very bright colors, and decorative objects.
In working with rhythm and variety, the prime consideration is the form and its relation to background. Textures should be considered in relationship to each other so that there is contrast as well as unity, and surfaces should be selected according to intended use and ease of maintenance.

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