mathmatical art

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Metal Planter

Here’s a planter I welded from some steel sheet metal. I wanted to create a three dimensional planter using hexagons and stumbled across these wonderful things called semi regular polyhedrons. (My math teacher boyfriend Ben would be so proud.)  I drew the 3D shape onto a flat plane, cut it from the sheet metal, then bent and folded it into shape and welded the seams. 

Pretty nifty! Love this little succulent too. 

Business Time!

This is the business card design I came up with for myself. I guess I would say that I’d come out of this degree as a creative designer, so that’s what I put on the card. I wanted to do something quite simple but still visually appealing. I didn’t want to clutter the card with ‘stuff’ but at the same time it had to have an allegiant look of a designer.

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Art of Tatiana Plakhova

About: The main idea is to show a new way of “infographic” drawings. Because everything we see is biological, mathematical or geological information. It can also be cultural patterns or any other thing. Complexity Graphics works are based on mathematical simplicity and harmony. I would describe them as infographic abstracts. This mathematical style helps me to illustrate everything from biological cell to the space and meditative worlds. That’s why I admire by math, because it’s everywhere and nowhere.

Auckland Underground Map

The task was to redesign the current Auckland public transport train system. I wanted to do a total rework of the whole system and put in a new underground train system. I did quite a lot of traveling last year and I traveled on a lot of different of public transport systems. I lived in London for four months so I really got to know the London tube after taking it everyday. I know that 90% of Londoners complain about the tube but at least they have a system which gets you to almost anywhere in London. The public transport system I thought was the best was the Berlin one. There is a mixture of separate overground and underground systems which work amazingly! I really liked the planning in the S Bahn system because simple schematic setup.

I took ideas and concepts from my favorite aspects of the London and Berlin train system. I used a similar design from the London tube map for my own map design. I thought that the simple coloured lines worked well because they were always so vivid in my head. Sometimes I wouldn’t know the name of the tube line I needed to take, but I would always remember the colour. I also thought that the London tube station markers were very simplistic and easy to understand. I found that I never got confused about which station I would have to get out on so that I could take another line.

I think the Berlin S Bahn system was more mathematical than the London tube system. When I designed my map, I took ideas from the S Bahn’s simple systematic train network. I used the idea of having a circle line which went around the city and then have north, south, east and west lines intersecting the circle line like a cross. The best thing about the S Bahn circle lines was that one line went clockwise and the other one went counterclockwise, and they both stopped at the exact same stations. I think having only one line going each way saved confusion on which way you had to travel. Sometimes I wound get confused when traveling somewhere new in London. Often when friends gave me directions, they would say “take the red line and get off at Bond Street.” Those are good directions but the red line goes in both directions, so sometimes that could be quite confusing. I saved that confusion by only having each line go in one direction.