Friday, January 14, 2022

Tangents on Off the Wall Friday

 First I want to apologize for messing up the link-up from last Friday.  When I said I was suffering from insomnia, I wasn't kidding.  THEN my doctor got me on new medication and  I end up sleeping most of the weekend, I didn't notice that the link-up was not right till late Sunday night.  So again, I apologize. Thank you so much for all your kind words and comments.  I think I'm on the road to recovery.

In that light, let me see if I can manage something readable this week!  Recently, I created a composition that had an obvious tangent in it.  Now, of course, I didn't realize, but it was pointed out by my friend Margaret.  Hmmmmm tangent????  Never heard of it!!

Tangent: Shapes that touch or connect in a way that is visually bothersome.

Here is a chart I found that explains 9 of the most common ones:

1.  Closed Corner:  when a shape completely closes off a corner so it basically cuts off that corner from the rest of the composition

2.  Half Shape:  When an edge cuts a symmetrical shape in half

3.  Fused Edge:  When an element of your composition barely touches the edge of the piece

4.  Fused Edge Object:  When elements in the composition barely touch

5.  Hidden Edge:  When the edge of one object is hidden behind another object oriented in the same directions so they look like they are actually joined.  

6.  Split Apex:  When a vertical shape intersects another object cutting it in half in a weird way

7. Stolen Edge:  When two edges line up perfectly so you can't see the difference between the two edges

8.  Antlers:  When vertical shapes appear directly behind an object so it looks like they are coming out of that object.

9.  Skimmed Edge:  When the top of a vertical object stops right the bottom of horizontal edge so the edges are not distinct

Wow!! so many things to take into consideration.  I will be looking for good examples for the future, but you'll forgive me if this sleepyhead leaves us at this!

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Claire said...

These are really useful. Haven't seen this list or examples in any design books. Thanks.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Thanks for this. I wasn't familiar with tangents and I found this very helpful in understanding the different ones.

Rebecca Grace said...

So glad you're feeling better, Nina! I have a friend who suffers from insomnia and it is so debilitating. Thanks for the informative post with examples of Tangents today. It's so helpful to know WHY certain compositions just don't look/feel as powerful as others.