It is not often that a perfect picture crosses my desk that so precisely shows how, by playing with the basics of design, you can create something extraordinary.
Take a look:
Playing with Scale:
Those rhododendrons look huge and I want nothing more than to sit amongst them in one of those tiny chairs. The invitation to feel diminutive amongst such wondrously large blooming shrubs is almost too much. If I were five years old, I would run there, spin around and flop down on the ground while completely ignoring my mother's cries to stay in sight.
But here is the funny thing about this picture. I'm not sure if those chairs are full sized adult chairs, rather, are they smaller kid sized chairs? If so, the change in scale makes the shrubs look even larger. Or perhaps the plants are so large the chairs seem really small, even though they are normal sized. Either option is fun to imagine.
And this is the point of illustration.
Scale in design is one of many things that can be tweaked to create something a little more surprising and interesting.
I suspect those chairs are kid sized. The Rhododendrons look pretty great no matter what the chair size - but by playing with the scale of the small pink chairs, suddenly makes the design comes alive in a whole new way.
Can you think of other ways that you can play with scale to make some thing more interesting?