Notebook, 1993-



Relationship, Sympathy, Attraction, Liking, Resemblance, Connection, Kinship

Affinity and Unity - Elements within a particular natural form--cells, sections, or layers that make up a surface--usually display affinity. These elements are not strict repetitions, but vary individually or progressively to conform to an overall shape and structure. There might be several types of elements, with affinity among elements of the different types.

Affinity establishes unity. Unity is also established by fitting elements tightly together. Transitions create a smooth flow between elements.

[Wong, Wucius. Principals of Two-Dimensional Form. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1988.]

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Affinity n [ME affiníte, fr. M F or L; MF affinité, fr. L affinitas, fr. affnis bordering on, related by marriage, fr. ad- + finis end, border] [14c] 1: Relationship by marriage 2a: sympathy marked by community of interest: Kinship b [1]: an attraction to or liking for something [people with an __ to darkness -Mark Twain] [pork and fennel have a natural __ for each other -Abby Mandel] [2]: an attractive force between substances or particles that causes them to enter into and remain in chemical combination c: a person esp. of the opposite sex having a particular attraction for one 3a: likeness based on relationship or causal connection [found an __ between the teller of a tale and the craftsman -Mary McCarthy] [this investigation, with affinities to a case history, a psychoanlysis, a detective story -Oliver Sachs] b: a relation between biological groups involving resemblance in structural plan and indicating a common origin -syn. see Attraction

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



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