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A basic understanding of the principles of good design (such as contrast, unity, and balance) is the foundation for creating beautiful websites. In this course, Sue Jenkins explains design aesthetics in simple terms, and shows how to incorporate the principles of design in specific ways that improve your site. Learn how to adjust adjacent colors to add contrast, create depth with texture, incorporate movement, and use repeating shapes, patterns, and borders to unify your design. Then, in the final chapter, learn about special issues designers should address in their web layouts, such as responsive design for mobile devices, accessibility, and originality.
To reiterate what you learned in chapter two, the elements and principles of design are concepts that are often taught in design school, to help students create more considered and compelling designs. Both should be used to guide the designer, in making aesthetic decisions that can result in more unique designs with distinctive areas of interest. Think of the elements of design is the basic components involved with creating any design. And the principles of design, as the rules of design. In other words, the principles are the rules you should follow, and elements are the things that will help you follow those rules for the best outcome.
This means that, if the principles of design are like the laws or rules of design, then to have a good design, you should consider each of these principles carefully. Even if you end up ignoring them deliberately, or going against them completely. Let's take a look at the list of the principles of design. Like the elements of design, there is some debate over how many principles there actually are, depending on whom you talk to. For this course, we will be examining ten principles of design. They are, in no particular order, Contrast, Emphasis, Balance, Unity, Pattern, Movement, Rhythm and Repetition, Proportion, Simplicity, and Gradation. If you like mnemonics like me, you could easily reorder all of the words as needed, to make up an easy to remember sentence.
Something like this. City girls eat burgers, unless mother prepares roasted pepper steak. Each letter of each word corresponds to one of the ten principles of design. In the next set of lessons, we will examine each of these principles. And learn about some ways we can effectively incorporate them, into our web designs.
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