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- Semantic data page (dimensional level)
- Parameters data page (dimensional level)
- Semantic data page (8-level)
- Primary data page (8-level)
- 64-level data page
- Keyword data page (dimensional, 8-level, 64-level)
There are two main areas on the data pages. The content area on the left and the widget area on the right.
This area contains all the available data in the DSD. From quote to keyword, from parameter to primary shape. The example above shows the 64-level colour combinations page.
This area adds usability. Some widgets are always present: the search field, the semantic levels, the dashboard (with buttons towards all the SENSES & EXPRESSION items), as well as the feedback button at the bottom of the area. The other buttons in this area can change according to the kind of data displayed in the content area.
Main semantic levels
The semantic data in the DSD is divided into three levels of meaning.
Dimensional keywords are the most abstract terms in language and are close to logic signs such as indirect/direct, dark/light or open/closed. These words are the elementary markers of meaning and make synaesthetic translations possible. They appear always in opposite pairs of antonyms placed in the 3-dimensional matrix.
8-level keywords are more complex in meaning and less abstract, as they are constructions of dimensional keywords. But still they are mostly basic words such as “to hold”, “to sit”, “mountain” and primary colour names such as “blue”, “green” etc. Compare for example the dimensional keyword ‘hard’ (height dimension) against the 8-level keyword ‘mountain’ (colour code BROWN). As such, ‘hard’ is a quality of ‘mountain’. Most of these words also have an antonym, but not all of them.
64-level keywords are formed by combining 8-level keywords, thus making them more complex in meaning. On the 64 level you can find assembled words such as “sunray” (“sun” and “ray”), the colour “blue-green”, where the 8-level source is still clear. But also words such as “cooking”, “family”, “detective”, or terms like “on the road”, etc. are 64-level. Here specific colour names can be searched such as “lilac”, “aquamarine”, “khaki”, “fuchsia” etc.
Content area type of pages
Semantic data page (dimensional level)
There are 6 data pages that contain semantic information on the dimensional level. Mainly there are two groups (the basic and the adjective) of three dimensions (depth, height and breadth).
Find in-depth information on the different dimensional categories of meaning.
These six pages show links to connected data, categorized in the same dimension and within that dimension set opposed to each other.
The first field on top shows information on the specific dimension, in this example the data is about the basis depth dimension with ‘back’ and ‘front’ as the two opposing positions. The colours that are targeted are shown in the two semantic spaces. In this example the data is connected to the back colours blue, black, green and purple and the opposing front colours brown, red, white and yellow.
The second field gives paired general meaning keywords connected to the specific dimensions. The links guide you to the keyword pages.
Below the general meaning information, links are provided to corresponding parameters of resp. emotion, personality, colour, colour palette, shape, composition, texture and body bearing. This is synaesthetic information that helps the designer to control the values, meaning and emotions radiated by the different design elements.
Parameters data page (dimensional level)
The parameters data pages connect specific parameters of emotion, personality, colour, colour palette, shape, composition, texture and body with emotional keywords. In this example the shape’s straight or bent line parameter is connected to the emotional parameter of being un-/aroused. This means that straight lines will appear calmer than bent lines. The emotional keywords are for the designer to interpret and select. In some cases not all the offered emotions are applicable. For every design element parameter (such as the line curving of a shape, or the lightness of a colour) the head section contains fixed sections.
The section on top shows the icon of the category and an illustrated example of the parameter starting from one extreme to the other in five steps. In this example the category is the shape and the parameter is straight / bent.
The second section shows information on the specific dimension, in this example it is about the basis breadth dimension with ‘left’ and ‘right’ as the two opposing positions. The colours that are targeted are shown in the two semantic spaces. In this example the data is connected to the left colours blue, green, brown and white and the opposing right colours black, red, purple and yellow.
The third section actually describes the specific parameter with a link to the keyword pages. In this example the parameter is about the amount of line curving with straight and bent as the two opposing characteristics.
Finally there are the connected emotional keywords, always set in opposing pairs and linked to the keyword pages. The emotional keywords are for the designer to interpret and select. In some cases not all of the offered emotions are applicable. Some suit better than others in a specific case.
Semantic data page (8-level)
For each of the eight corners in the semantic space, an overview of the main concepts are offered. In this example the white meaning is explained. The illustration represents the most comprehensive notion of the code. The image of the cloud with the horizontal lines represent the wind, the notion that associates figuratively with the meaning of this white group. The links in the text are connected to keyword pages.
Below the illustration and the linked text, icons of related groups of meaning are offered. Here the user can travel through the semantic space and explore the eight main groups of meaning. The antonym gives access to the complete opposite position in the semantic space. In this example with white as the starting position the antonym is the ‘black’ position. The other three icons give access to the groups of meaning that differ only in one dimension. In this example, with white as the starting position, the user can observe shifts of meaning towards the green group in the depth, brown in the height and yellow in the breadth.
Primary data page (8-level)
The primary data page gives 8-level information about emotion, personality, colour, colour palette, shape, composition, texture and body bearing. In this example information is given about the primary colour blue. NCS values are offered. The coloured icons under the Related Primary Colours section gives easy access to the semantic colour space. The Parameters section shows the colour psychology parameters. The links lead you to the parameters data pages. In this example blue can be described as an inward (depth), hard (height) and passive (breadth) colour.
Besides colour this page can show synaesthetic information about emotion, personality, colour palette, shape, composition, texture and body bearing through the SYNAESTHESIA widget on the right of the screen.
64-level data page
The 64-level data page gives information about the meaning of colour combinations, colour shades and shapes. In this example information is given about the colour combination brown-on-purple. The keywords that are classified under this code are listed. By clicking on them you are guided to their corresponding keyword data page (see following chapter). The coloured icons under the Related section give easy access to the colour codes that differ only in one dimension. As such shifts in meaning can be observed.
Keyword data page (dimensional-level, 8-level, 64-level)
Every keyword in the DSD has its page. Keywords can be dimensional, 8-level or 64-level. The illustration on top shows a symbolized version of the meaning of the keyword in the corresponding codic colour (dimensional and 8-level) or colour combination (64-level) when applicable also drawn in the associated shade. In this example the keyword “pure (immaculate)” is classified under the white-on-white colour code associated with the shade white-0, a light pastel blue, depicted by a radiating star over a tiled background.
Under the title keywords that belong to the same semantic group are brought together related keywords forming a cluster of meaning. In this example “pure” is connected to “air”, “apron”, “chemistry”, “gauze”, “hygiene”, etc. having the same code white-on-white/white-0. The meaning is closely related, sometimes even synonym, but not in the strict sense.
“Pure” is connected to “impure” as an ANTONYM. The meaning is opposite. Some keywords may have more than one antonym.
Under the COMPARE section keywords are suggested that may have a different meaning or show a different aspect of the main keyword. For example “pure (immaculate)” can be misunderstood by “immaculate”, “pure (natural)” or pure (unadulterated)”. COMPARE shows aspects of purity that belong to another colour code because of slight differences in meaning.
MOVING AXIS shows dimensional related keywords where only one dimension switches. The user can experience shifts of meaning while travelling through the semantic space. In this example the white-on-white keyword “pure” is connected in the breath with “drying” (yellow-on-white), in the depth with “foam” (white-on-green).
An 8-level keyword can function as a BUILDING BLOCK for a 64-level keyword. When the keyword is dimensional or 8-level, the building block section shows the 64-level keywords that are constructed with the actual 8-level keyword. In case the keyword is 64-level, the building block area shows the 8-level keywords of which the 64-level keyword is constructed. In this example the 8-level keywords “clean”, “order” (code white) and “matter” (code blue) form together the 64-level idea of purity in the sense of immaculate (white-on-white/white-0).
Widget area content
Every data page has a Widget Area on the right side of the window with additional buttons according to the specific data in the Content Area. Some widgets are always present: the keyword search field, the semantic levels buttons, both on top of the area, as well as the dashboard, and the feedback option at the bottom of the area. The dashboard gives access to colour, shape, composition, texture, body and taste, supplemented with analyse interfaces (in blue) such as the keyword, shape and function analyser.
The keywords search field gives access to all the keywords that are available in the DSD regardless of its level. In the drop down list some keywords that are semantically related are shown. When the word a user is looking for is not in the list, using a synonym can help. There is also the keyword analyser (blue icon under the dashboard section), when synonyms aren’t available either.
Other buttons in this area can appear according to the semantic levels displayed in the content area. There are three kinds of data that have and influence on the content of the widget area: the dimensional level, the 8-level and the 64-level.
The level section on top shows the active level, in this case it is the dimensional level.
The Dimensional parameters widget has six buttons that give access to the respective dimensional parameters data pages. The white buttons represent the adjective depth (D), height (H) and breath (B) dimensions. The black buttons are the basis depth, height and breath.
Find in-depth information on the different levels of genetic semantics.
The level section on top shows the active level, in this case it is the 8-level.
The semantic colour space indicates with an enlarged colour square what the position is of the data the user is looking at. In this example the enlarged red square means that the actual data is located in the RED meaning group. The semantic colour space functions as a semantic GPS. Anywhere on the 8-level, the user has an overview of the position or dimension he is in. Shifts from one meaning group to another can be tracked. The colour space functions as a button giving access to the 8-level interface page.
Below the semantic space a range of buttons makes synaesthetic comparisons possible between the different 8-level primary categories, such as respectively from top to bottom and from left to right: primary colour, palette, shape, composition, texture, body, meaning overview, meaning alphabetical list, emotion and personality.
The level section on top shows the active level, in this case it is the 64-level.
The semantic colour space indicates with a non faded double colour square what the position is of the data the user is looking at. In this example the opaque square shows that the actual data is located in the white-on-white meaning group. The semantic colour space functions as a semantic GPS. Anywhere on the 64-level, the user has an overview of the position or dimension he is in. Shifts from one meaning group to another can be tracked. The colour space functions as a button giving access to the 64-level interface page.
Below the semantic space a range of buttons makes synaesthetic comparisons possible between the different 64-level categories, such as respectively from left to right: primary colour combination, shape, and colour shade.
Quotes always appear at the bottom of each data page and are alphabetically listed. They are placed on specific pages because in its text, keywords show some relationship with the actual content of the page. The author(s) reference can be found in the Bibliography where also an overview of all the quotes is available.