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Analogy

28 Feb

The analogy I chose to represent Exactitude is chemistry– the act of mixing compounds for a specific and exact desired result.

Both the E-Lit work “Endemic Battle” and the process of chemistry evoke a great sense of Exactitude because of their extreme precision and specific attention to detail structurally and in terms of the results rendered. In looking at the E-Lit work and examining the chemistry process, the thought or feeling of “micro-management” comes to mind and I cannot help but feel a sense that can only be characterized by Exactitude.

Chemistry is, like other sciences, one that requires great attention to Exactitude. However, I almost feel as though the argument can be made that chemistry is the most exact science because of its necessity to be, for fear or creating harmful results. In every step of a chemist’s process there are methods of maintaining consistency and Exactitude when measuring, comparing, weighing, etc. Take pharmaceuticals, for example. If one ingredient of a drug is off by even a milliliter, it changes the purpose and effectiveness of the drug completely. It could become harmful for the patient or ineffective altogether. For this reason, there are exact methods of measuring liquids and powders.

A meniscus is the curve in the surface of liquid when held in a cylindrical container. The purpose of the term meniscus is so that across the world and scientific process, the same amounts of liquid can be measured the same, by the meniscus, and matched.

On an atomic level, the number of particles in an element, protons, neutrons and electrons, can make the difference in one element or compound and another. For example, simply adding or subtracting an electron to one atom changes its purpose and behavior completely by creating a positively or negatively charged ion. At this small of a scale, the principle of Exactitude cannot be topped.

Both the E-Lit work Endemic Battle and the process of chemistry evoke a great sense of Exactitude because of their extreme precision and specific attention to detail structurally and in terms of the results rendered. In looking at the E-Lit work and examining the chemistry process, the thought or feeling of “micro-management” comes to mind and I cannot help but feel a sense that can only be characterized by Exactitude.

Graphics

28 Feb

The graphical element I chose to represent Exactitude is a grid, or the system of grids used in design.

A grid is a system of guidelines that help the designer to align elements in relation to each other. The purpose of using a grid system in design is for the creation of order, hierarchy and specificity of layout and art. A grid is a great representation of Exactitude because it serves as a type of constraining system that simultaneously allows for and enforces structure on a design. Order is important so that the viewer sees what the artist wishes for them to see first, exactly according to their plan. In other words, they employ Exactitude to ensure that their piece of work is interpreted correctly so as to evoke the desired aesthetic effect.

Grids do not always need to be strictly followed,  but they do, when used well, enhance the quality and balance of an image, further supporting the quality of Exactitude in literature. While stories are not always arranged in the most logical of fashions, they are in some sequence of order. The most understandable and sensible stories are those that do adhere to a more strict order, which is a grid in design, and this therefore enhances the reader or viewer’s ability to better comprehend what is happening in a piece of work.

Emblem

25 Feb

An emblem I chose to describe Lightness is a feather. Aside from the common expression, “light as a feather,” I do believe that a feather embodies the epitome of Lightness.

Not only are feathers light on their own accord but they also enable birds and ducks to achieve the ultimate status of lightness: flight. This attribute is enough to exemplify the reasoning behind a feather as an emblem of Lightness, however, I prefer to focus on the feather as a single unit, exclusive of its function for flight. The feather is almost weightless when held and when floating through the air flutters down to the ground in an unpredictable and slow drifting manner.

Despite the structural integrity of a feather, its lightness remains, and its structure is what allows it to be light. The simplistic structure of the feather brings to mind Lightness because the simpler something is, the less complex or cumbersome, and therefore the less it weighs, if only conceptually or hypothetically.