Battle to Design

Hello everybody and welcome to my first assignment post of the week! This first assignment was to take photos of objects, ads, signs, etc. that illustrate five of the eight concepts listed below:

  • Alignment
  • Hierarchy
  • Contrast
  • Repetition
  • Proximity
  • Balance
  • Color
  • Space

Below are the photos I took.


Behind the Process

To begin this assignment, I reviewed the 8 Basic Design Principles. I took notes and found examples of any of the principles I didn’t understand. After ensuring that I understood all of the concepts, I took my photos. I decided to limit myself to one space to take my photos. Forcing myself to use one space (the DKC) really taught me how prevalent design is in our lives. I was really shocked by how almost every item I picked up could apply to at least one design principle. After taking my photos, I edited them on Snapseed. I have worked with Snapseed a lot, so editing the photos for me was easy and something I feel I did well. With my edited photos completed, I then uploaded them to Instagram.

One difficult thing about this assignment was deciding how the object, ad or sign I looked at fit into the design principles we looked at. Sometimes a design would actually fit into two different categories of design principles. For example, the photo of the text cloud with UMW words can be contrast and hierarchy. This subjectivity of the assignment made it somewhat difficult for me.

Something I want to improve is how unique my photos are. After posting my images, I decided to look at what others did. I then saw that Elaina (@gramming4theend) and I posted the same image of the UMW text cloud image. It is the last image in her post below. 

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#ds106 #theend106 #designblitz

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I think that I could have worked harder to find a more unique object to demonstrate the design principle of contrast. However, I think that the fact that we both took a picture of this speaks to the strength of this print. Evidently, it is eye catching and striking. There must be something about this print that inspired both of us to capture it and use it as an example of our design principles.

Overall, I liked the challenge behind this post. I was really forced to evaluate my surroundings and extrapolate objects, ads, signs that I thought demonstrated the design principles we studied. I really did find it fun to run around the office and analyze everything I found.

Well, that is it for now everyone. I’ll catch you on the flipside.

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