"Geometry Daily," Where the Left and Right Brain Collide

Curator: TRÜF
date: October 7, 2014
Categories: Art, Illustration
Tags: Design, illustration, Math, Print
Tilman Zitzmann
#286 Icosahedron (shaded)

In college I took an upper level math class called "Art & Math" thinking it would be easy. The focus was mostly on the works of M.C. Escher, so how hard could it be, right? Wrong. 

Ever heard of Structures in Plane, Euclidean Geometry, Irregular Tessellations, Cyclic Expansion, or Dodecahedrons? Ack! Probably not. And why should you? But as designers you’ve probably unknowingly used this so-called math.

That’s why I find "Geometry Daily" by Nürnberg-based designer and teacher Tilman Zitzmann so refreshingly simple and inspirational. The geometric structures beg for prolonged stares and, at least to me, really blur the line between art and math. They feel completely unstructured at times, yet totally cohesive. It illustrates how a plain old circle can be sliced and rejiggered hundreds of different ways. And it forces you to approach design differently. 

The math at work in "Geometry Daily" is just as apparent as the art, and it’s easy to digest without the use of a calculator—or professor. In other words, there’s a simple design lesson contained in every composition.

Tilman Zitzmann
#464 Process over results

Tilman Zitzmann
#375 Sea shell

Tilman Zitzmann
#125 Shafts

Tilman Zitzmann
#510 Mad Tiler

Tilman Zitzmann
#505 Super cubes

—Adam Goldberg


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