Join Sue Jenkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Repeating shapes to unify your design, part of Design Aesthetics for Web Design (2013).
The fourth of the eight elements of design…is shape, like the other elements shape is the…integral part of any design and when used effectively…can help set the tone of your web graphics.…What's more, repeating shapes within a design can often…help unify all of the elements in a single layout.…Let's start our discussion about shape by defining exactly what it is.…For our purposes, shape is defined as any flat…area bound by line, or outline, value or color.…
Shapes are usually self contained defined areas, for instance, they…can be geometric shapes like squares, circles, triangles, polygons, and stars,…as well as curvilinear organic shapes that come from or resemble…the natural world like blobs and swirls, leaves, amoebas, even frogs.…Shapes can be positive and negative, like a star or a star cutout.…Positive is when the shape occupies space, like the star on the left.…
And negative space is the area around or in between positive shapes, as with…the cutout of the star shape inside the positive circle shape on the right.…
- Understanding aesthetics
- Picking harmonious colors
- Structuring your layout
- Using space to organize your design
- Communicating with the right fonts
- Aligning objects to achieve balance
- Adding movement with scrolling and animation
- Achieving proportion by scaling objects and text
- Creating CSS for different devices
Skill Level Beginner
1. What Is Aesthetics?
2. Using Elements of Design
3. Incorporating Principles of Design
4. Foundations of Designing for the Web
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