On Magic and Models 4
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“You use a certain linguistic pattern a lot: two words linked by a hyphen.
For example ‘transitional-space‘, or ‘decision-point‘. Can you explain the meaning of this pattern?”
“Viewed as a template [<link; medium read], the pattern looks like this:
model3 = model1-model2
model3 is the synergistic combination between model1 and model2. A ‘combo‘, to use some Magic [the Gathering] terminology.
model3 is an emergent model.
Let’s take transitional-space, since you used it as an example.
The models that make it up are transitional and space. Space here is used as a modifier-model, similar in function to how a linguistic suffix modifies the meaning of a word.
So modifier-models look like this:
I actually use this notation for modifier-models, so with a hyphen before or after the model-word. In your examples, the modifier-models are -space and -point. Using them, you can create all kinds of useful conceptual-tools.
A few examples:
All these have potential practical application.
Combining models is a magical creative-playground – and a beautiful design-space.”