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Art Deco 101 - Study of Radio

I found a period radio and covered it with construction lines to show you the relationship of all the pieces are on the radio.

Radio 1-Geometry.png

The base square is 2:30, and splits easily into 30-degree triangles. Along that axis are several 30-degree lines. Inside, you can see the classically stepped Art Deco rectangles. The circles aren't really circles, but I did them that way for speed. Even so, you can see how the size of the circles affected the placement of the dials, and the full dial circle determining the location of the middle switch.

When I talk about Art Deco having relationships, this is what I'm talking about. Art Deco at its purest is entirely emergent from the geometry.

Here's the same picture without the radio. Even with construction lines, this is a cool design.

Radio 1-Blueprint.png

The thing actually turned out to be far more difficult than I had anticipated. It was a really puzzler once I got going. I made quite a few mistakes along the way and used a flew kudges. (They weren't pretty.) Since the whole thing was done with English units, measuring it proved easy. I think the picture was either 1/4 or 1/2 scale. Here's the final output.

Project 8 - Radio.png

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Douglas Milewski is a fantasy writer who liked drafting class too much. In his recent artistic struggles to produce art deco for his own covers, he found no internet sites dedicated to the technical underpinnings of the art. Seeing a niche that needed filling, he has documented his hard learned experiences. He doesn't claim that he's right, and would very much appreciate it if someone more competent would save him from his own folly.

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