Platonic · Poster Series

Dev Valladares

The four-sided Tetrahedron stood for Fire
Air was symbolized by the eight-sided Octahedron
A compilation of the Forms
Aether, the mysterious material of the universe, was represented by the 12-sided docdecahedron.

Series of posters based on the 5 Platonic solids.

In 400-300BC, Plato hypothesized a Theory of Everything where each of the classical elements of fire, air, earth, water and aether corresponded to a regular solid. Earth was associated with the cube, air with the octahedron, water with the icosahedron, fire with the tetrahedron, and aether (the substance the heavens were made of) with the dodecahedron.

Each poster plays with a vibrant colour that ties to its element, and has at its core a strong geometrical nature. For, as Plato had inscribed at the entrance of his Academy, “Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here.”

Design, Animation
Dev Valladares
Mentor, Professor
Jennifer Cole Phillips