http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/contest.show?id=351455&type=details
Design Principle of Balance Contest
Group: Design and Critique

Entire outfit @hmlife 

I used the design principle of vertical and horizontal symmetry. The question is did I succeed in using the outfit as my "fourth block." In balancing the outfit I noted the boots gave somewhat of an edge to the outfit so to balance that I added a leather jacket with a moderate edge to it, as well as a very cool necklace.

15 comments

maggie-glam
Wrote two years ago
MAGNIFICENT !

justjules2332
Wrote two years ago
Thanks so much @saphiboutik and @leegal57 !!

leegal57
Wrote two years ago
Congrats on your win!!! Great set :))

saphiboutik
Wrote two years ago
Congrats for this 2nd place! Have a nice week-end!

kaycee99
Wrote two years ago
This is very timely for me today. I recently entered a contest (in another group, obviously) where I did a set where I piled on a lot of stuff because that is what the dollmakers on PV usually do. But I stopped with just floral stuff and didn't add the sparkle and bling that I often see. The results of the contest just came in and I'm bitterly disappointed because I didn't win anything at all. And this is the set that I've gotten more likes on than any set I've done EVER. I looked at the winners and most of them had so much stuff piled on top of the doll that you couldn't even see the doll, hardly. (I know I'm just being bitter here, but maybe it's a little bit true) and I guess that is just the taste of that particular moderator. STILL, I like to win. Not sure why I get so excited when I win a contest, but I do. So, now I'm thinking of leaving the group because I don't know that I want to do the kind of sets that will win on there. It's hard not to follow the crowd when everyone is doing the same thing. Weren't there a lot of art movements that got started because the artists didn't like the rules and regulations of the official guilds and artists' groups? It is hard, though, to be true to your own aesthetic when the whole world that you can see is marching to a different drummer. Ack, sorry to bore you, but I guess I needed to vent. I think I will go make another "I'm bitter" set. :)

justjules2332
Wrote two years ago
LOL @kaycee99 - I crack myself up a lot too. LOL I'm one of those who adds and adds stuff to sets but then I ask myself why is it here and what does it add? Then I take away a whole lotta stuff. LOL
 
@clayhandler - awesome, I think you'd enjoy it!

clayhandler
Wrote two years ago
Julie, i will check it out!

kaycee99
Wrote two years ago
I don't know that I would call it "simplistic." I think effective design IS simple. One thing I feel that many do on Polyvore, especially with art sets (and dolls are a good example of this) is to "gild the lily" -- just keep adding more and more stuff and effects and sparkle until you can't actually see what is going on in the set or what it's about. I think there is a "balance" (LOL - I crack myself up) between having it so simple you are bored to having it so overdone there is no focal point. What do you think? Also, tagging @efitzger in case she wants to get in on this convo.

justjules2332
Wrote two years ago
@efitzger - yes it makes perfect sense. I also used the white shirt to gradually take your eye to the rest of the outfit which was heavier (black). Using the same model was to me also putting weight on the other corners, so that's why the clothes were more distinct as well, that and of course they are the focul point. Thank you for your critique!!

justjules2332
Wrote two years ago
@kaycee99 that makes perfect sense. I purposefully used the same model so that I could find out from others if that made the design lop sided. The clothes did take center stage, and that's of course what I wanted. It was simplistic in design but a necessary step in understanding. Thanks for your comment.

kaycee99
Wrote two years ago
Thanks for entering this in the contest. What I really like with the balance is that you didn't go for the obvious -- a photo in all four corners. The principles of design have to all work together and we'll talk about emphasis later, but in this piece, having the clothing take up more than it's one-fourth of the set gives the emphasis to the clothing (and accessories) which is right where you want it. Does that make sense?

efitzger
Wrote two years ago
I think it is balanced. you use repetition of form (rectangular pictures) on 3 corners and on the fourth corner, you use a slightly different grouping. The clothes are a bigger and heavier mass, but It is almost like the clothes are balanced by the remainder of the items cause they take up more space and there are 3 of them as opposed to only one. does that make sense?

justjules2332
Wrote two years ago
Thank you @princesskary and @clayhandler. Louise I know you don't want to join anymore groups, but if you change your mind the Design and Critique group would love to have you. @kaycee99 is amazing!!

clayhandler
Wrote two years ago
perfect design, perfect set!

princesskary
Wrote two years ago
love thisx