Division 05’s Carey Smith (Binky) posts a great look at the rules of composition and design covering all the elements. Even a seasoned designer needs a refresher once and a while, and Carey offers a pretty entertaining presentation that is worth a look.

Carey covers all the elements of design:

  • Line — the visual path that enables the eye to move within the piece
  • Shape — areas defined by edges within the piece, whether geometric or organic
  • Color — hues with their various values and intensities
  • Texture — surface qualities which translate into tactile illusions
  • Tone — Shading used to emphasize form
  • Form — 3-D length, width, or depth
  • Space — the space taken up by (positive) or in between (negative) objects
  • Depth — perceived distance from the observer, separated in foreground, background, and optionally middle ground