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Form

Form

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In this lesson, you will learn about the Form element and how it is used in the visual design process.

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Tutorial

What's Covered

Welcome to today's lesson on form. In this lesson you’ll learn about the form element and why it's important in the visual design process. Specifically, this lesson will cover:

  1. Defining Form
  2. Types of Forms

1. Defining Form

Form is a three-dimensional object that could be constructed by two or more shapes.

Term to Know

    • Form
    • Form is a three-dimensional object that can be constructed by two or more shapes.

Take a look at the image below of a simple box.

You take one shape, slap it on to another, and now you've created depth.

If you take three shapes and put them all together, there's a better sense of that depth, which is the third dimension the differentiates form from shape.

So the form above becomes three-dimensional, which is defined by an object or space having three coordinates, which is width, height, and depth. So it's no longer just height and width, like 2D planes. And when you get a three-dimensional form, you create volume. And volume is the amount of three-dimensional space a form occupies. So simply put, it's the area that the form takes up.

Terms to Know

    • Depth
    • Depth is the third dimension that differentiates form from shape.
    • Three-Dimensional
    • Three-Dimensional is defined by an object or space having three coordinates: A width, a height, and a depth.
    • Volume
    • Volume is the amount of three-dimensional space a form occupies.




If you have these two boxes above for example, the box on the right has more volume than the smaller box on the left.

Example   If you had two cups; a really huge drinking mug and then a tiny espresso cup. 

Clearly, one would hold more fluid than the other, so one occupies more volume than the other.


2. Types of Forms

Now when we're talking about forms, you can have different types. So you can have geometric or organic form.

Terms to Know

    • Geometric Form
    • Geometric Form is defined by its allegiance to mathematical construction.
    • Organic Form
    • Organic Form is defined by its simulation of natural substance.

Geometric is defined by its allegiance to mathematical construction.

The basic shapes above, like a sphere, cube, or pyramid are going to be geometric forms. Typically shapes with angular and hard edges will be seen as geometric.

Example   You'll see a lot of these forms in architecture, products like consumer electronics, shipping containers, and things like that.

Organic form on the other hand, is defined by its simulation of natural substance. So instead of hard edged geometrical forms, you'll have irregular, complex, curvy, and varied contours, much like you see in nature with hills, and mountains, the folds, faces, hands, animals, and the list goes on and on and on really



Summary

That ends the lesson today defining forms, which are three-dimensional objects and investigating the different types of forms such as geometric and organic.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

Source: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR MARIO E. HERNANDEZ

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Form

    Form is a three-dimensional object that can be constructed by two or more shapes.

  • Three-Dimensional

    Three-Dimensional is defined by an object or space having three coordinates: A width, a height, and a depth.

  • Volume

    Volume is the amount of three-dimensional space a form occupies.

  • Depth

    Depth is the third dimension that differentiates form from shape.

  • Geometric Form

    Geometric Form is defined by its allegiance to mathematical construction.

  • Organic Form

    Organic Form is defined by its simulation of natural substance.