AIGA Voice: Stand Back for the Exploded View!


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Author Phil Patton notes the allure and recent popularity of dissected, diagrammatic visualizations of complex objects, especially in three dimensions. “The exploded drawing suggests the desire graphic designers feel to move into three dimensions… [it] is a place where the graphic artist meets the sculptor.” Of particular interest is Patton’s reference to Damián Ortega’s exploded view sculptures, like this one:

Cosmic Thing by Damián Ortega


  1. The exploded view has been altogether disappearing from owner manuals as the ‘fingerprints of making’ appliances and tools disappear and our accessories become more and more designed as mysterious cult objects of a sleek and dangerous future; Wall-E vs. Eva.

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