Learn about the six principles of layout and composition.
- [Instructor] Now that we have an understanding…of the design space, it's time to take a look at…and consider placing elements within it.…There are six principles of design,…the first of which is balance.…Elements on the page or in the design space…should be balanced evenly within that space,…but this doesn't always mean symmetry.…Asymmetry works too.…And it just as important to be aware of the negative space…as it is of the positive or occupied space.…
Alignment creates order,…allowing elements to be visually connected.…And their proximity to one another creates association,…although this doesn't necessarily mean…that their location exclusively suggests that similarity.…Other design elements, such as color or typography,…can suggest associations with similarity too.…Playing with the balance, proximity,…and alignment can create tension.…And again here, using the negative space…but also breaking the frame,…that's pushing something out of the design space…to some degree, creates tension.…
And you'll particularly see this technique used a lot…
- The creative process
- Layout and composition
- Transforming images and assets in Photoshop
- Drawing logos in Illustrator
- Designing graphics and documents in InDesign
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