When you hear the word “design,” what comes to mind?
For some people, design is all about how something looks. But there’s more to it than that. Good design is about how something works, too. And that’s why good design is so important. Good design makes things easier to use, easier to understand, and more enjoyable to interact with. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to everything you need to know about design.
We hope you’ll find something useful here, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
The Origins of Design
Design has been around for a long time—far longer than most people realize. The first known examples of design date back to prehistoric times. Early humans created designs on cave walls using basic shapes and symbols. These designs served several purposes, including telling stories and communicating messages. As time went on, new designs were developed in response to the changing needs of society. For example, early forms of writing were developed as a way to record and share information. Later, printing presses were invented to mass-produce books and other printed materials. Today, we continue to see new designs being created in response to the ever-changing needs of the world around us.
The Principles of Design
Good design is based on principles that help ensure effective and efficient design. These principles are:
• Balance: A well-balanced design feels stable and harmonious. Symmetrical balance is achieved when the elements on one side of a centre line are mirrored on the other side. Asymmetrical balance is achieved when the elements on one side of a centre point are different from but visually equivalent to the elements on the other side.
• Contrast: Contrasting elements can make a design more interesting and easier to understand. Contrast can be achieved through colour, size, shape, texture, etc.
• Emphasis: Emphasis helps direct the viewer’s attention to the most important design part. This can be achieved through the use of colour, size, shape, etc.
• Movement: The movement principle helps create a sense of unity and flow within a design. Movement can be created through lines, shapes, colours, etc.
Hopefully, this guide has given you a better understanding of design and why it’s so important.
Next time you come across a well-designed object, take a moment to appreciate all the thought and effort that went into making it just right. And who knows? With enough practice, maybe you’ll become a designer yourself! If you need us to help with any design projects. Whether you need training for a design platform or doing the design work for you, book and call, and we’ll help.