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Composition Techniques for Graphic Design 4

 

Graphic Design Composition Techniques 4

 

Reflections

Reflections

Reflected images create the type of design that you see through a kaleidoscope. You can experiment with different configurations of your images to create a variety of designs.

 

Rotation Around a Path

Rotation Around a Path

Rotating an image around a path is a good way to introduce pattern, color and movement into a design.

 

Rotation Around a Point

Rotation Around a Point

Rotating an image around a point is another way to suggest movement in your designs.

 

Framing an Image

Framing an Image

A frame is a useful device to help you focus on an image. It creates a background for the design. A double frame is used here to add depth to the background.

 

If at first you don't succeed....

If at first you don't succeed....

It is unusual that your first idea works the way you wish so you have to try again. Even with the addition of a double frame this image was still quite dull so we duplicated the bird on a smaller scale to emphasise the depth and improve the dynamic of the shapes in the design.

 

........Try Again.......

The Counterchange Technique

Always be aware of the interaction between the positive and negative shapes in a design. Here, they are emphasized by reducing the image to a counterchange of black and white tones.

 

......and again

Using Symbolic Colors

Finally, four colors were added to complete this idea for an 'RSPB' logo. Blue, red, yellow and green, which were used to represent the sky and the colorful varieties of bird life, are repeated in the 'Arial Black' italic lettering. An italic font was used to suggest movement and to counterbalance the motion of the birds.

Composition Techniques for Graphic Design

 

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Each of the font symbols above was randomly chosen as a starting point to demonstrate the process of developing an idea for a graphic design.

Click on each symbol to explore a range of composition techniques that you can use to develop and adapt for your own ideas in graphic design.

Once you have studied our examples you can find other symbols in our free Graphic Design Resource Sheets that you may print and use to explore the techniques you have learned.

Graphic Design: Logotypes and Typography

These lessons introduce you to some basic principles of good design that will help you to develop effective logotypes with an understanding of relevant typography.

 

 

 

Graphic Design: How to Create and Develop Ideas

These lessons introduce you to some of the skills and techniques that will expand your creativity in developing original ideas for graphic design.

 

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