Crystallographic what now?

Crystallographic balance, also known as mosaic balance in design, occurs when a design lacks a clear focal point. Even though these patterns initially appear disorganized, once all the pieces are in place, they become more attractive. According to their name, designs made using this method resemble mosaics.

We can say that these designs lack a focal point because no single component in them sticks out. The original components blur together when something bold, like text or a picture, is added over them.

Therefore, patterns created using crystallographic balance in design are useful as backdrops, as whatever you place on top of them becomes the main attraction.

Sometimes referred to as “Global” balancing, it can be used to great effect on covers and print ads. The goal is to achieve motion while keeping the beauty in tact through the utilization of chaos. Jackson Pollock is widely regarded as one of the most influential abstract expressionists. The expression “calm in chaos” perfectly describes the mood of his paintings.

Good designers employ a form of equilibrium like this in inventive ways to make subtle backgrounds, drawing attention to the text or visuals in the foreground.

It’s good to have more freedom to experiment with scale and proportion while using mosaic balancing. Although certain components may be on the smaller side and some on the larger, the overall effect of the pattern cannot not be overwhelming or it loses the benefit.

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Applying Crystallographic Balance in Design

Using a range of dimensions can provide for a more interesting and eye-catching design. Next time, try using complementary hues as another fantastic technique to bring equilibrium to that next design that ‘just seems to be missing something’.

As more creative tools become readily available, Trifox sees the benefit in amplifying traditional art education with today’s modern aesthetic.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out 🙂