This assignment was for us to carry our phones around to take pictures for the week on different design elements that we learned about. I picked 4 pictures that I am using to represent different concepts.

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Color dreary mood #ds106 #designblitz

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These definitions come from the design resource page which is hyperlinked in the definition. Color creates mood, draws attention to key elements. Good designs can use bold color or none at all (lack of color or monochrome makes a message too). What colors work well together? What methods of using color are more effective? What do saturate colors say as compared to pastels?

The first picture was about color outside. I took this picture originally for topography but I liked the color better in this picture instead. The gray dreary mood was perfect for how I was feeling when I took this picture. The grey colors in the background help to see how blue the grey can be and sad and upsetting, just like how the color makes me feel when I wake up to it.

“Dominance relates to varying degrees of emphasis in design. It determines the visual weight of a composition, establishes space and perspective, and often resolves where the eye goes first when looking at a design.”

I saw the puddle immediately with the leaves around it. I saw where my eye went first then I moved more to see the bricks around it. The weight of the picture is on the water puddle and the perspective of a 45 degree angle looking down.

Typography “is the visual component of the written word” – It is the form in which text is displayed, and the characteristics of the type used- Is san serif always better? why or why not? What do aspects of font weight, style, spacing, kerning have to do with how a message is transmitted and received?

This picture shows how different patterns and size of words emphasize different things. The word “love” is written in larger print and the color red. The size of the lettering determines how the viewer is going to see the important pieces. The spacing in the letters and words play an important role in where the eye is going to look.

Proportion is the comparison of dimensions or distribution of forms. It is the relationship in scale between one element and another, or between a whole object and one of its parts. Differing proportions within a composition can relate to different kinds of balance or symmetry, and can help establish visual weight and depth. ”  

The sushi is in proportion to the plate as well as symmetrical. The relationship between different pieces of sushi with each other and with the plate is a solid relationship. The balance of sushi in the middle of the plate with the flowers and other rolls around the sides. The proportion of big sushi to the little sushi rolls is what draws my attention to the picture. The sushi creates weight and depth for the picture in seeing the different sizes and arrangements.