I designed, coded and recently launched this website for the wonderful R.D. Chin. Mr. Chin is a feng shui architect based in New York City. You can visit his site here. In his book, Feng Shui Revealed, Mr. Chin describes the principle of ch’i, which is said to be a “universal force or cosmic breath that all things are thought to possess”. He goes on to tell his readers about the imbalances that can occur when ch’i moves too quickly or too slowly through a space. Feng Shui is said to be a process of “ch’i management”, which includes the balancing of the principles of yin and yang. The design for the Home page of Mr. Chin’s site (see the first of the three thumbnail images above) unfolded as a sequence of twelve visual relationships, as shown below.
If I can resist the temptation to put things into words, is there a certain physical experience that’s felt when I look at each of the twelve arrangements below?
Here are some larger views of the web pages:
1The feng shui practicioner makes use of an octagonal “map” known as the bagua. Perhaps this relates to Bada Shanren’s reference to the points of a compass, that “symbolize the eight directions of space which each painter worthy of the title must be capable of opening up with a single brushstroke.” You can read more about this idea in the Sea of Ink, by Richard Weihe (Translated by Jamie Bulloch).