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Dash of Inspiration: Principles & Elements Design

May 18, 2015

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen DashInspirationBanner_2015In any ‘industry’, success means many things, but one of those is to understand the ‘language’ of the industry and be able to apply the ‘rules’ of the trade with consistency and quality. In design, there are Principles of Design and Elements of Design – for each, there are terms you should be familiar with in order to properly communicate with customers, other designers, even the reviewers – and each of those terms is an item you should be able to incorporate into your designs with a full and complete understanding. Just like photography, you can’t ‘break the rules’ until you have mastered the ability to flawlessly execute those rules.

These two references, courtesy of Patrick Butler, make great tools for you to keep on hand.

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For those of you who are inspired to dive deeper into these areas and give yourself a lesson, or refresher course, on how to recognize principles and elements of design; and how to make practical use of them in your designs, here’s some ‘homework’ for you …

Design elements are the basic units of a painting, drawing, design or other visual piece and include … continue this very complete listing and explanation of each at Wiki.

Graphic Design Tutorials from About Tech

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Now, if you’ve really studied and are ready to fully apply the Elements and Principles of Design into your work; here’s a fun, but challenging, test you can take. You may find a weak spot in your technique or understanding that deserves further study and in doing so, you might make a positive impact on your future designs!

If you take the test, please come back and share how well you did compared to what you thought you knew. It would be fun to hear what everyone thinks.

Principles of Design Test – How Much Do You Know?

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So until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire!

Be sure to create an entry for our May Dash of Inspiration Challenge too, there is one more week left for entries and you can fast track your entry!

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