work in progress

A shapes alphabet

How many different shapes can we create?

Using “elementary” shapes, how many shapes can we generate, by rotation, duplication, translation, symmetry or composition?
What would be the elementary shapes from which we could come back to all the letters of the alphabet ?
These numerous questions about the study of shapes have led me to tackle a task that seems endless: to list all the shapes that are sufficiently different from each other.

A grid of various hand-drawn shapes
The initial idea, drawn on paper
The same grid of shapes, but vectorized into clean and straight geometric shapes
An unfinished manually vectorized version

This drawing is also partly inspired by Vassily Vasarelly’s “Planetarische Folklore”: this list could be used as a kind of alphabet of shapes.

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