The variety and accessibility of animation tools today mean that you can have more fun than Donald Duck in Mathematics Land, all within the privacy of your cosy home.
Check out these two cool animations showing displacement. One is an excellent, interactive demo of fun, squiggly shapes– David Harrison’s “Circular Standing Waves Around the Circumference of a Circle” and the other is the action of a rotary pump put out by the fine folks at Netzch Company. Both show the power of art and design to demonstrate, clarify and raise new questions.
Here are some questions from this viewer: Are these animations essentially demonstrating the same action? That is, is energy powering the movement without effecting volume? Is the space inside the standing wave always the same? How about if it’s in 3d?
The most important question, of course, is: Does your art and design function in this way? Is it raising curiosity and challenge? Is it asking the viewer to become part of the piece or take a concept further in their own mind? If not, what do you need to do to get there? Go do that.