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Introduction to the Principles of Design

Class 1: The Big Picture

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Principles of Design

Principles of Design: Balance, Proximity, Alignment, Repetition, Contrast, and White Space.

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All designs have certain basic elements or building blocks chosen to convey the message — beyond the actual words or photos used. How we place those items on the page determines the structure of our designs and affects the overall readability and determines how well our design communicates the desired message. The principles of design govern that placement and structure.

Graphic design encompasses the creation of a great many types of projects but for the purposes of these lessons we're focusing on the elements and principles of design as they apply to typical desktop publishing projects including logos, ads, brochures, business cards, newsletters, books, and to some extent, Web pages.

Different instructors or designers have their own idea about the basic principles of design but most are encompassed in the 6 principles of:

  • balance
  • proximity & unity
  • alignment
  • repetition & consistency
  • contrast
  • white space

The next lesson introduces each of these principles.

Even though no one will know whether you actually do the exercises and assignments included with each lesson and class, I strongly encourage you to do so. It will help to reinforce your understanding of each of the concepts covered throughout this Graphic Design Basics course.

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