Formal Interactions between Dance and Design

By Jillian Coorey.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Graphic design and dance are visual arts. They fill an empty space, the page and the stage respectively. To dance is to move in a graceful and rhythmical way, the word itself denotes motion. A dancer uses a series of movements to create an aesthetically pleasing work. As a designer, type and image become the choreographed elements. While different in mediums, dance and design embody similar principles such as rhythm, contrast and balance.

Using the experience of dance as a point of entry, explorations involving typography, graphic forms and three-dimensional objects were created. Dance has shaped my design methodology, leading my work down various trajectories. In looking to dance as a new source of inspiration, work was created that challenges and informs the dimensional experience of movement, time and space. Looking to movement as a form of visual communication, this paper explores a relationship between dance and graphic design, while examining creative process.

Keywords: Graphic Design, Typography, Dance, Creative Process

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.149-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.160MB).

Jillian Coorey

Assistant Professor, School of Visual Communication Design, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

Jillian Lindner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in Graphic Design from The State University of New York at Fredonia. She has also studied in Basel, Switzerland at The Basel School of Design. As an educator her interests include concept and process development, design history and typography.


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