Questions tagged [composition]

Questions about the purposeful arrangement/organization of graphic and typographic elements regarding aspects of graphic properties (e.g. shape, size, color, texture, space), visual perception (e.g. rhythm, flow, depth, weight, proportion, balance, gestalt, focus), or communication (e.g. visual analogy, message, overall impression). This might also touch on possible differences based on culture or sub-culture.

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Rule for where to put the larger margin

Below are a couple of pieces that I've designed, and they both have a ledger margin on the top. But in the case of something like a picture frame with a mat, you would never put the larger margin at ...
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How to create a grid system on a tri fold leaflet or brochure in InDesign

I’m new to working with grids and tri folds, and I was wondering if anyone could help me out? As you well know when creating a tri fold, the fold in panel width becomes a different size than the ...
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Principles of composition: how to lay out images in text?

What are some guiding design principles for laying out images in several paragraphs of text on a webpage? In my particular case, there are two columns of text, and the images are proportioned and ...
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What are some good resources for web page composition?

I'm looking for resources on the composition of web pages. I'd like to learn about pros and cons of different page layouts and techniques for moving the eye around a page.
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When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of “fluff” has been added?

Fluff (N.): something inconsequential Source: Merriam-Webster Online English Dictionary In design, this is often viewed as unnecessary ornamentation. In web design, where load times are important, ...
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What should be the relation between margin and padding?

In grid-based layouts, should there be any relation between margins (the distance between elements) and padding (the distance between an element content to its edges)?
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How do I achieve the equivalent of using small caps in Arabic?

I have this letterhead title in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, in which I set the English to Small Caps (that is, the first letter is a big capital, the rest are small). Now, in Hebrew, the letters are ...
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Critique: Help with placement of logo elements in relation to each other for a web and app-based music service

I've developed a logo for a web and app-based music service. I'm pretty happy with the shape of the icon, it's very close to what I envisaged before making it. However, I can't seem to find a ...
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Should the F-Pattern be considered in all designs?

The F-Shaped pattern is a pattern found in an eye-tracking study as the primary areas people glance over when reading a website. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/reading_pattern.html Is this something ...
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Textbook layout including examples of two different computer programming languages?

I am currently producing a new edition of an old book of mine; this new book will incorporate code samples from several different computing environments. What I want to know is: what is the best way ...
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Why do yellow and red look good together in this photo?

I've been looking into complementary colors and appealing color schemes, and I couldn't find any which suggested that this shade of yellow would look good with this shade of red. However, the picture ...
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How or why do your eyes move away from a focal point to other elements?

In studying composition, we're told to pull the viewer's eyes into the frame using a strong focal point, and then lead his/her eyes into moving around inside the frame and hold his interest inside the ...
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What is the guideline for giving variety to design according to recent studies?

It's possible to vary in multiple channels, i.e. color, shape, angle, size, etc... AND there are multiple degrees of difference within each channel. So if you have more than a few items in a design, ...
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How to align search icon, link and column header

Is there are general rules to align right-aligned elements on the page? Look at these screenshots: At this screenshot the search icon and the link are aligned to the right border of the "box", while ...
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Books/Rescources for Composition and Layout for Print?

I'm starting my education in Graphic Design soon (once I finish my current degree) and I'm pretty much immersed myself information in preparation including textbooks that I will be using and websites (...
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Making text standout on detailed photos [duplicate]

I'm looking for quick, yet professional looking ways of making text stand out on a photos which don't really have nice bland areas to put text. Something which would take an experienced photoshopper 5 ...
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How to combine pictures to relate them to the person who viewed these pictures?

I have a lot of video footage in first person view, dramatic scenery, and a photo of an old man. I want to combine them to make a background picture (1920 x 1080) that should transmit the message: ...
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Is there an ideal number of points of interests in web design? How many is too much?

I want to make a website, but I have too many important elements for that. I tried to simplify the structure, but it became boring to look at and tiresome to navigate. Is there a rule or tip for ...
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client logo - large dropshadow and awkward angle - looks terrible on any media, any guidance?

I am reluctant to post the actual logo for risk of repercussions, but I have taken away any identifiable features, leaving the "problem" parts. Here is the logo on a white background: It looks awful ...
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How many colors should be used in a background gradient?

For on-screen design (web or desktop applications), in areas where there is significant background space visible, a subtle gradient adds a lot to the look of the app/page/image. How many colors (max) ...
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What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
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How important is the visual flow of an interface?

I recently had a conversation with a friend about the design of an installer application. I pointed out that its visual flow was confusing. It led my eyes from the left to the right and then up to the ...
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Working with alignment and balance

I know this is all subjective, but I'm hoping there are general principles here that will mean this is a valid question. Take a look at the layout below. In the past (before I tried to learn about ...
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Logo design - image beneath text - can it work?

I am hacking together a temporary logo for my software startup company. I have a good single-word communicative name and geometrically shaped logo. To me, the two look best when text is positioned ...
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design/ display user evaluation state's

Im looking to discuss ideas on how to represent the "evaluation of a user". You the evaluator Users to be evaluated Based on score border around user profile is different color How could this be ...
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Design “join page” and guide them graphically from left to rightside towards a join button

Im having this big horizontal bar see image above, and want to "guide (read force)" the users from reading the text on the left to clicking the join button on the right. Are there any thoughts on how ...
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Using solid color photos on solid color background

I've been trying to figure out how to get this to look right for the past week. We just got permission from a photographer to use some of her excellent photos of vegan food. Here's one: However, we ...
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Graphic design/color compositions for waveform presentation

I have a dashboard of data, on which one of most important elements is a waveform of medical data (a real-time stream, in most cases it would be ECG waveform). I am looking for a way to present this ...
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What are some styles for laying out lots of images in a confined space?

I'm working on a project that's 11"x17" tall, has the bottom 1/5th reserved for the logo/calendar elements and the top 4/5ths for some sort of collage-esque image. Basically, I have six photos I need ...