The Significance Of Didactic Design In The Early Christian And Romanesque

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This essay will explore the significance of didactic design in the Early Christian (ca 300- 600) and Romanesque ( circa 800-1200 ) periods, as well as how their designs influenced and contribute to modern product design. Four designs from the Early Christian and Romanesque time periods will be discussed: The Apse in St Martin at Fuentidueña in Spain, the stained glass window known as Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière in Chartres Cathedral France, the Plate of Paternus and an Early Christian ring. Modern products will also be discussed to show their relationship with the medieval didactic designs, and how Early Christian and Romanesque design influenced them.

The use of Didactic design was very useful in the medieval time, from discussing the examples one can see that it basically advertised Christianity, in everything that was produced, in order to influenced the people of that time. By ensuring that the Morals and means that Christianity represented, were present and visible to all who used products from the Early Christian time, to those that went to the cross shaped churches, and witnessed the “divine light”( Jones, 2008) of Stained glass windows , from the Romanesque time. Modern design has been inspired by various characteristics of the Early Christian and Romanesque periods. From the concept of incorporating the meaning and purpose behind a product into how it looks and acts its purpose, to the architectural features and methods of those times.


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