Neural Vision

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Because we are born diurnal, edge-detecting, break-spotters whose vision depends upon memory as much as incoming retinal data and, because we are born looking for familiar simple patterns and, because our eyes refocus 4 to 3 times per second building … Continued

Raising Contrasts

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Because our attention is drawn to edges and anomalies we build pictures around these points of contrast. The contrast can be created in color, value, scale, proximity, and a variety of other opposites. Da Vinci listed his contrasting themes in … Continued

Reviving Classic Designs

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In 1559 Pieter Bruegel the Elder understood a principle now known as “gradient shift” which means:  patterns not only get smaller in the size of their parts as they appear to recede but also lose edge acuity, lose complexity, and … Continued