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Varoon Deo-Singh

BALANCE, Symmetry, Asymmetry


Dictionary.com defines symmetry as the correspondence in size, form, and arrangement of parts on opposite sides of a plane, line, or point; regularity of form or arrangement in terms of like, reciprocal, or corresponding parts.

This is essentially the long way of saying that symmetry is two halves that perfectly mirror each other.

The Brooklyn Bridge is an example of an symmetry, repetition, and focal point.
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Source:
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/Brooklyn

Asymmetrical design is where the two halves are balanced but do not mirror each like symmetrical design. These designs are usually seen in websites, but can be seen in nature as well. The fiddler crab has one large claw and one small claw.

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Source: Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

Balance is closely related to symmetrical design. It helps a symmetrical design achieve stability. The statue of Buddha below shows balance and symmetry.

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Source:
http://www.lotussculpture.com/buddha-statue-alms-bowl.html

The balance makes the viewer feel more at ease and comfortable. Imbalance causes the viewer to feel unsettled and uncomfortable.


Sources:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/symmetry?s=t