This builds on the Symbolise and Summarise idea but goes a stage further, using extrusions of selected faces to create abstract forms.

In these examples I’ve purposefully turned off any lighting within the 3D environment. This has the effect of flattening the shapes, creating and almost OP-ART type feel to the forms, feeling more “graphic” than you might otherwise get when lighting is employed.

Like letter forms, these shapes are recognizable even when viewed from a distance. You also start to see that some forms are more pleasing to the eye than other forms. Is there a role here for ugly v beauty? Do the more aesthetic forms communicate something to the user than the ugly forms? Are they the ones that people will be more naturally drawn to. Does a form try to get the users attention by employing it’s natural beauty? Conversely do ugly forms signify an anomaly which could be just as interesting?