Faculty: Gaurang Shah | Amal Shah

Elements of Form and space

A form is an image presented by the outer surfaces of an object or a structure. A form is a way in which an object is perceived or the manner in which it is intended to be perceived. A form must be viewed from the user’s perspective and in relation to its environment. Form sets up a relationship or a dialogue with the user or perceiver. A form conveys meaning. The form is based on certain factors such as knowledge of what people like or dislike, what their aspirations might be and how they react to degrees of complexity or simplicity. Forms have a relationship with the culture and traditions of a given society. “Form” is a totality of sensorial experience. Every object, impression, phenomenon existing is a form in one way or the another. In terms of visual perception, every form has a surface or surfaces, i.e., the outermost part of the form directly in contact with the space surrounding it. Every form is perceived by its surface (excluding transparent and translucent forms where the inner content of the form is also seen). In other words, this is the stage when one begins to understand the form. Other aspects then follow in due course of one’s experience with the form.