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Graphic Designer's Essential Reference by Timothy Samara

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The Basics of Building a Strong Composition

Seeing Form and Space

The first step in composing a dynamic layout is being able to decipher what, exactly, a visual element really is—to understand the visual element in the simplest way possible. A silhouetted image of a teapot, for instance, is really a dot: radial, enclosed, curvilinear; a spoon, seen on edge, is a line. As far as composition is concerned, the meaning or content of a visual form is unimportant; its true identity is what determines how it will behave when juxtaposed with other forms.

FORM IDENTITY CONVERSION TABLE

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1 DESIGN CHEF’S TIP

MAKE NEGATIVE SPACE AS INTERESTING AS FORM

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