49: Theming, Motif, and Motive

Theming is the “the use of an overarching theme, such as western, to create a holistic and integrated spatial organization of a consumer venue.” Themes are usually derived from history, or other cultures, but can also be based on fantasy. Theming can vary in intensity from just interior design, to whole architecture  based on the theme, with Theme Parks being one of the largest scale applications of theming. Theming is applied to themed spaces which may include theme parks, restaurants, casinos, museums, airports, resorts and other spaces. Consumers sometimes theme their homes with specific themes and Internet spaces are also themed. Theming is widely applied in the events industry.

    * Theme (arts), the unifying subject or idea of a visual work
    * Theme (literature), the unifying subject or idea of a story
    * Theme (music), the initial or principal melody in a musical piece
    * Theme music, signature music which recurs in a film, television program or performance

Theme (computing), a custom graphical appearance for certain software, similar to a graphics skin.

Motif (visual arts), a recurring theme or pattern in artwork, a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.

motif = motive (French)

A recurring or dominant element; a theme; unifying idea

recurring, repeated, elaborated

In art, a motif is a repeated idea, pattern, image, or theme. Visual motifs are a language to communicate visual ideas.

Motive is an incentive to act; a reason for doing something; anything that prompted a choice of action; Alternative spelling of motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated; To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move; Causing motion;

Motivation refers to the initiation, direction, intensity and persistence of behavior. Motivation, a temporal and dynamic state, consists of the desire and willingness to do something.