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G is for the 4 Laws of Gestalt Theory (In Relation to Design)

Gestalt theory is the theory that the brain automatically and unconsciously simplifies, arranges, and orders objects the eyes see. Four of the Gestalt Laws are of interest to designers, and they are proximity, similarity, continuity, and closure.

Proximity

Objects that are close together are perceived as belonging to the same group.

Similarity

Our brains group together objects that have similar properties.

Continuity

Our eyes will follow the direction of a line.

Closure

Our mind fills in the gaps of shapes that are not visually complete.

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E is for the 7 Elements of Design

The 7 elements of design are space, line, shape/form, size/scale, colour, texture, and value. All 7 are imperative to creating visually communicative and appealing designs.

#1 – Space

Space refers to both the positive and negative space in a design. The positive space being where everything is displayed (images, text, etc). And the negative space being empty. More correctly, negative space is where only a solid colour is displayed. Whether that is red, blue, black, or white!

#2 – Line

Lines are everything. Seriously.

They make up the shapes of letters, illustrations, and images. They guide your eye through an image. They invisibly form margins and theĀ horizontal line for your text to sit on.

When used well, lines (both visible and invisible) can guide oneā€™s eye through a design in a pleasing and informative way.

#3 – Shape/Form

Shape/form includes both inorganic and organic shapes.

Inorganic shapes are precisely geometric. So perfect circles, squares, rectangles, etc. are all inorganic shapes.

Organic shapes are more natural looking. In other words, they are not geometrically precise. Every rock is a slightly different shape. We could shave the rock down to create a perfect circle, but it would no longer be an organic shape.

#4 – Size/Scale

Size is one of the mainstays of determining importance in a design. The larger the text or image, the more importance it invokes.

#5 – Colour

Colour can be used to draw attention, evoke emotion, and/or create order. (For more on colour click here!)

#6 – Texture

Texture in a design can be accomplished with both illusion or physical texture. To create the illusion of texture, one must be creative in their use of line and shape. To create physical texture, one can use different types of paper (gloss, matte, bumpy, etc.).

#7 – Value

Value is the tones of light and dark within a design. Value can vary with the use of all the shades of grey between white and black. Every colour has value. There are dark reds and light reds and reds of every shade between.

To really see the value of colours in an image or design, change the image to greyscale. If the image has varying colour values, the image will still be clear and crisp. However, if the image lacks variance in its value, the picture will become dull and/or muddy.

Which element of design is most important to you? (I honestly cannot decide. In the end, they must work together to create a truly wonderful design!)

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