Beautiful Models: Access-Patterns

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What are access-patterns?”

“You’ve undoubtedly heard of the rule of three.” 

“The idea that things are more memorable (and aesthetic) when presented in threes.”


I call such a meaningful group of three elements, a triad-pattern

A triad-patten also makes things more memorable when retrieving them from your own mind, so it can be used as a memory-retrieval tool.

I call patterns that can be used for memory retrieval, access-patterns.

The triad is but one such pattern.”

“Can you give some examples of other access-patterns?”

“It’s better if I show some to you:


“What is the meaning of the colors?”

“All elements in blue are the access-point of the pattern, the first thing you think about when accessing the pattern mentally.”

“So the patterns with more than one blue element have multiple access-points.”


The monad-pattern is concept-stacking [<link; short read] – fusing concepts together for practical ends. 

For instance, my central value is Loving Play, which means the twin value of Love and Play. 

Another example is my concept of BodyMind, which is a means of expressing the oneness of body and mind.

All other access-patterns are instances of what I call concept-linking – connecting concepts for the purpose of retrieval and creating meaning.

The patterns on the first row are linear-patterns, patterns where the order matters. The rest are non-linear patterns.

For instance let’s take Brian Johnson’s Big Three model: Energy, Work, Love. Here, the order matters, the sequence is what makes it memorable.

We could however express it in a way where verticality matters:


We can think of it as a pyramid, where Energy is the foundation, and Love is the highest end. It’s the same triad, but by changing the pattern, we’ve encoded additional meaning.

Another example of this is the cardinal tetrad-pattern, where the four elements mirror the four cardinal directions. The visual representation encodes additional meaning, making it more memorable.”

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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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