The shapes, brushstrokes, colors, and materials that come together to form the whole are the elements of design.
The elements of design are the building blocks of all designs, chosen to convey the message — beyond the actual words or photos used. Desktop publishing documents utilize the five elements of design : lines | shapes | mass | texture | color. Can you identify each element in your own designs?
Shape is one of the basic elements of design. Alone or in combination with other shapes or lines they can convey universal meanings as well as guide the eye or organize information. The three basic types of shapes are geometric, natural, and abstract. What shapes have you used in your document -- from the shape of the folded and unfolded page to the shapes used on the page? Have you used shapes to organize or grab attention? Do you use certain shapes to symbolize an idea or convey a mood or emotion? Have you used shapes to create movement (or stillness), or provide texture?