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Composition Techniques for Graphic Design 6

 

Graphic Design Composition Techniques 6

 

Not Every Idea Leads to a Solution

Not Every Idea Leads to a Solution

A visual curiosity is a must for any designer. You must try to understand the possibilities that exist in any image you use. In the design above, the natural interlocking qualities of our question mark have been explored to create an interesting image but no obvious conclusion has been reached. Not every idea you develop leads to a solution but each adds to your general knowledge of design and becomes part of the bank of ideas that you may draw upon for future projects.

 

Design is often a Natural Solution

Design is often a Natural Solution

Rotating an image round a point provides a natural solution to the design for a CD in a computer quiz game.

 

Examine Every Angle

Examine Every Angle

By examining a problem from different points of view we can find the most natural path to a solution.

 

Ask Yourself Searching Questions

Ask Yourself Searching Questions

Designers must ask themselves searching questions about what they are trying to do. Intelligent questions give you informed answers - "It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question", Eugene Ionesco.

 

Think Outside the Box

Think Outside the Box

This 'punched' image suggests another approach to developing ideas: 'think outside the box'. It just needs a little typographic help to improve the dialogue between the visual to the verbal.

 

Text is a Creative Tool

Text is a Creative Tool

The text in this design is broken up into sections to link the visual and verbal communication of the image. Although, in Western society, we read from left to right and top to bottom, you can take the odd liberty with typography for graphic design purposes:

  • 'think' forms the missing curve from the question mark and together they emphasise that part of the idea.
  • 'outside' is placed physically outside the box to stress its meaning.
  • 'the box' takes its natural position inside the box, but on a smaller scale. This helps with the order in which we read the message as we tend to read the larger words first.

 

Color is a Compositional Tool

Color is a Compositional Tool

Red and white are used in a counterchange that unites the image and its typography. Red strengthens the link between 'think' and 'outside' to ensure that they are read first while 'the box', in a contrasting white, completes the statement.

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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