Join Sue Jenkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Simplifying by removing the unnecessary, part of Design Aesthetics for Web Design (2013).
Strangely, one of the most misunderstood of…the 10 principles of design is simplicity.…I suspect after years of teaching that the reason for this…difficulty is that the idea of simplicity is somewhat open to interpretation.…Well, I'm sure you may have had the thought, beauty is…in the eye of the beholder, a thought that glorifies the subjective.…There is some truth to objective beauty, or objective value…in both art and design.…Let's begin our exploration of simplicity by looking at its definition.…
Simplicity or visual economy, as some people call it,…means only showing what is essential in a design.…In other words, simplicity deals with the elimination of any…non-essential elements or details to reveal the essence of a form.…How can you tell what is essential versus non-essential in a design?…As much as you might want that answer to be simple and concrete, in most cases…people have a hard time determining what should stay in a design and what can go.…
Here is an example of a layout that's, quote, all…over the place, with regard to images, text, spacing, and alignment.…
- 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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