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Monday Challenge 12/03/12

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Several months ago, for the Thursday challenges, I touched on the Elements of Design. For the month of December, we're going to look at the Principles of Design. There are several good websites out there that go further into depth on the subject.

 

In a good piece of design, whether it be a painting or a scrapbook page, you will incorporate many, if not all of the principles and many of the elements of design. We will be focusing on one or two of the principles each week, but don't put aside the other aspects of good design.

 

Balance in design is similar to balance in physics

 

A large shape close to the center can be balanced by a small shape close to the edge. A large light

toned shape will be balanced by a small dark toned shape (the darker the shape the heavier it appears to be) (Artist John Lovett's website)

 

It is a state of equalized tension and equilibrium, which may not always be calm.

 

Types of Balance

Symmetry

Asymmetrical produces an informal balance that is attention attracting and dynamic.

Radial balance is arranged around a central element. The elements placed in a radial balance seem to 'radiate'

out from a central point in a circular fashion.

Overall is a mosaic form of balance which normally arises from too many elements being put on a page. Due to the lack of hierarchy and contrast, this form of balance can look noisy.

(Wikipedia)

 

For today's challenge, I want you to give particular attention to your layout's Balance. I encourage you to read further by Googling the Principles of Design. You can do a layout of any subject with any number of photos that you wish to use.

 

Post your layouts in the General Message Board Gallery.

 

Here's mine: Lime Tree Bay Resort

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I'm hoping to grab some time later today for this. It's a great idea -- I learned a lot the last time we did it. (Though, I probably need to pay more attention to these principles as I put layouts together. :rolleyes:) Meanwhile, I love your layout, Pat!

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Great challenge and great layout Pat!

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Here is one from me for Monday's Balance Christmas 2007

Glad you have started these types of challenges again, I enjoy these.

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I have two layouts that show the use of balance (in other words, I really had to work them over and think about balance to get them to look right and this challenge came along. :lol:)

 

Halloween Costumes

and

Before & After

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Thanks for a great idea! Although I may not get the challenge done (work stuff right now) I know I will learn a lot when I do the search! Thanks for the nudge in the right direction!

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