When we started making designs for Liquiterra, last Fall, Scott shared an inspiration with me. He sent me a picture of a honeycomb and pointed out that what attracted him to are the irregularities in the pattern. At first glance, the honeycomb looks like a perfect repeating pattern of hexagons. But at second glance, you will see that there are slight irregularities in the hexagon shapes.
I think some might consider these irregularities as imperfections. From a visual design perspective, this is called repetition with variation. A regularly repeating pattern is unified and therefore represents a satisfying design. But a pattern that changes slightly becomes intriguing due to its variation.
But I feel there is something deeper here…
I believe there is a design or unifying order in all things. For example, each plant, animal, or human has DNA-- the blueprint which directs the respective growth. However, each plant, animal, human grows in harmony and contrast to its environment. They each respond and react to their particular environmental factors, which in turn influence and affect the growth outcomes. Think of a snowflake, each snowflake forms a unique ice crystal depending on how cold it is the weather conditions and other factors, even though the directive of the water molecules are the same-- to form a hexagonal ice crystal-- each snowflake is unique.
The outcome of a person, plant, or animal is a result of both genetic make-up and environmental factors. There is something remarkable about this nexus. These “imperfections” reveal a dynamic that is created between the underlying design and the environmental forces. In fact, I would argue that these “imperfections” reveal the magic of life, itself.