As my career shifts more and more into a leadership/executive role, I get less and less time designing which is where it all started for me in college. So, this will be an opportunity to share some of the goodies I’ve learned over time and hopefully provide some education for anyone looking for the basic and essential principles of graphic design and why they matter. Here we go…
Points, lines and shape. These are the fundamental pieces of any design. Yep, any design…a poster, a car, a house, something flat, something dimensional – they all are built with a series of points and lines that form shapes that build the whole thing. A triangle = 3 points, 3 lines, easy…right? Modify the space between those points, bend those lines, and holy smokes we have an infinite amount of possibilities.
Points and lines make shapes, shapes build objects from pixels to paths and images to illustrations.
Is this guy talking about design principles or shapes? The answer might be “both”. Points and lines make shapes, shapes build objects from pixels to paths and images to illustrations. Combine those items and maybe throw in some typography (more on that later) and you have something that’s been designed.
It all starts here with points, lines and shapes. Like a chemist understanding the periodic table or a chef understanding how ingredients change the taste, it’s essential to know how these basic elements effect the final piece.