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Are you one of enthusiasts of the art design, Nordic architectural beauty and more? And you wanna seek for a site of those? Welcome to Lovenordic Design Blog. This design blog is a daily diary of my inspirations. I love to come across amazing work that makes me want to tell a story in images….with a few words too. You will find the work of photographers, stylists, designers, tours of private homes and beautiful architectural spaces in Scandinavia and beyond. Thank you for visiting and thank you for all of your lovely comments. I appreciate each one of them. [Read more]

Every design is created keeping in mind certain basic elements and principles of design. These function together to create a unified, unique and comprehensible design. A design may not have a function, but may simply appeal to the senses. Even for such purposes it is essential to use the principles that design revolves around. For instance, graphic art or graphic design is sometimes incomprehensible. Yet it follows the principles of design so that what you would perceive as a ‘meaningless splatter of colors and shapes’ is still visually appealing.

A discussion on the principles of design cannot be conducted without understanding the meaning of design composition. When creating a design or a work of art, the composition of various elements of design on the canvas defines the design composition, where each element is in harmony with the other, so that the design looks complete. This composition can be achieved by using the following principles of design.

Balance in design relates to our physical balance, or what we perceive to be balanced. Balance may be symmetrical or asymmetrical. In both cases, it is meant to provide visual stability. In a two-dimensional design, balance can be understood based only on our perception. A symmetrical design will have all elements arranged in a central axis (horizontal or vertical), so as to allow equal space on either side. If we assume this in terms of a design on a sheet, no matter how wide it is, the amount of empty space left around the design should be equal. An asymmetrical design will be an opposite of a symmetrical design, and is therefore a little more complex. Objects in an asymmetrical design will balance each other, and such a design may not necessarily function around a central axis. However, balance is achieved nonetheless, as long as it is composed visually.

The picture above provides an example of asymmetrical balance. The objects are placed below the horizontal central axis, but the other principles of design that have been used harmonize the image.

Scale and Proportion
Scale refers to the size of an object in comparison to other objects in a design. Designs have to be composed to scale, depending on the size of the sheet it is being prepared on. Each object has to be designed to scale, and all objects are to be designed to the same scale. Proportion refers to the size of a part of an object in comparison to the remainder of the object. Proportion has to be understood in terms of scale. For instance, if you are designing a building, the window should be in proportion to the building, based on the chosen scale. In another case, if you are attempting logo design, the size of the logo should be in proportion to the business card it will be printed on, and in proportion to the signage it will be used against.

In the picture above, only one object is used as the element of design. However, these objects are in proportion with the overall picture. Furthermore, all 5 objects, though similar, are to scale.

Repetition and Rhythm
Repetition is used to create patterns within a design, where a particular element of design is repeatedly utilized. This repetition may be clearly visible, or may be underlying and could be noticed after a clear understanding of the image. Repetition is used to create rhythm in a design. Rhythm is used to create order in a design composition. The pattern of rhythm may vary depending on the choice of element used. Both these principles are often described as providing a ‘visual beat’ to an image. So that these principles do not generate monotony in an image, often different forms of repetition are used to create variety. For instance, the element may be the same, but it may be given a sort of gradation. Or, the elements may be alternately used with other elements. This can be explained in terms of interior designing. In a room, a particular material, say wood, is used to make the design prominent. However, the wood is used in different ways to create unique pieces of furniture. Thus, repetition is broken with the use of variety and rhythm. All these variations bring a design to life instead of leaving it dull and boring.

The picture above gives a perfect example of repetition. One object is continuously repeated. However, so that it does not become monotonous, one of them is green while the rest are blue. This adds variety to the image.

Simply put, emphasis is used to grab the attention of the viewer in a design. An element of design can be emphasized by the use of color, gradation, contrast, texture, shape, or placement in comparison to remainder of the design. Of course, for an element of design to be emphasized, the presence of other elements and principles of design is essential. For instance, while preparing an architectural design of a building, without the presence of trees in the background, a road in front of the building, and perhaps a few human figures, the building design cannot be emphasized. Further, there may be an aspect of the building itself that needs to be emphasized. In short, emphasis is used to create a focal point in design.

Emphasis in the picture above is provided by the green object that clearly stands out against the monotonous background and the other objects. Also note that emphasized object creates asymmetrical balance, yet the picture looks unified.

Any design should elicit harmony and should look unified. The various principles when combined to create a design should work in harmony with each other. A splatter of unrelated objects or images cannot create unity in design. Instead, unity is achieved by the use of all or any of the aforementioned principles of design. One would dispute the use of variety against unity. However, it is important to understand that unity can be achieved even in variety. This is where harmony comes in. For example, when you consider web page design, ultimately a web page has to look composed in terms of its title, content, side bars that provide information and the various ads posted on it. All the various elements of design should combine to create and solidify this principle of design.

These above-mentioned principles are abstract and can be easily introduced in the design process based on your understanding. They inspire creativity and are the foundation on which such famous works of art and design have been created. You too, can utilize them creatively and produce works that are unique and significant.

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The Design Blog brings you carefully picked high quality inspiration, featuring works of designers and design studios from all over the world with the main focus on young designers/ students. Except from the daily inspiration, every Sunday one random person is selected for each of our three sections: Designer of the week; Cover of the week; Quote of the week, and their work is showcased on TDB Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Since this blog is all about great ideas, design, and creativity, everyone’s invited to be a part of it.

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Graphic design is a creative process—most often involving a client and a designer and usually completed in conjunction with producers of form (i.e., printers, signmakers, etc.)—undertaken in order to convey a specific message (or messages) to a targeted audience. Common uses of graphic design include identity (logos and branding), publications (magazines, newspapers, and books), advertisements and product packaging. For example, a product package might include a logo or other artwork, organized text and pure design elements such as shapes and color which unify the piece. Composition is one of the most important features of graphic design, especially when using pre-existing materials or diverse elements.

The Graphic Design Blog is a design blog made up of web designers and graphic designers from the Graphic Design & Web Design Forum. The Blog showcases some of the best Graphic Design, Web Design, Illustrations and Photography from around the web. [Read more]


If you want your business to be easily recognisable, it is advisable to invest in excellent graphic design. People are naturally visual and respond to images far more quickly than to written text. The key to developing good business branding lies in an integrated approach, applying memorable design to all your promotional materials, products and stationery, as well as to your entire web presence, so that potential customers can instantly recognise your brand. Here are several essential areas in which to use graphic design to build your corporate identity and brand.

The first place most people start when designing their brand, the logo is a symbol that aims to express a company’s values, ideology and spirit, all in one memorable pocket-sized image. This is where graphic design meets intuition and vision, to capture the feel of the brand. It’s crucial to get this right, as the rest of the graphic design and brand building grows from here.

While different products will have different packaging design requirements it is essential that the overall design ties in with your company brand for instant recognition. Good graphic designers will create a brand identity for your packaging, while still designing different looks to distinguish different products and product lines.

Business cards and Stationery
There is more to good business card design that simply slapping your logo onto card stock with your contact details. More and more businesses are using innovative graphic design to make their business cards stand out from the crowd and to differentiate their brand. The same applies to your stationery and other printed materials. Good designers will create a whole design package that applies a unique integrated look to your brand.

Website and Social Media
These days your company website is often a first point of contact for potential clients, so it is important that its design reflects your corporate identity as well as looking attractive. It’s all too easy to put the look and design element ahead of user experience in web design, so be aware of this. Always make sure that the website is easy to navigate and easy to read, as well as having fantastic design. Don’t forget the other aspects of your web presence when it comes to graphic design services. Make sure your company Facebook page is custom designed for you, that your Twitter background ties in with your brand and so on.

Choose a graphic design company that offers a full brand building service and which can take care of all your design needs from print to website.

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Blog.Spoon Graphics is the personal design blog and digital playground of Chris Spooner, including design tutorials, graphic design articles and free resource downloads from the blog of Graphic Designer Chris Spooner. On this site you’ll find design tutorials covering various techniques and effects in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as a look into various other creative topics. There’s also a range of design related articles, links and free giveaways to help you along with your future design projects. [Read more]