C.R.A.P. Principles of Graphic Design (2023)

3.1 C.R.A.P. Principles of Graphic Design

Learning Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast artwork using graphic design principles—contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity (C.R.A.P.)
  2. Compare and contrast artwork using ad design principles (picture, headline, text, logo)
  3. Compare and contrast artwork using type design principles (font, size, weight, color, form, direction)
  4. Distinguish between layouts that conflict versus layouts that go well together
  5. Categorize fonts based on visual inspection
  6. Manipulate images and text to re-create a best practice advertisement in PowerPoint
  7. Choose and successfully employ PowerPoint techniques to solve a complex task


How much graphic design do you need in business? Considering the heavy emphasis that is currently placed on “the look” of deliverables, the answer might be a lot. We don’t pretend that you will become a master of graphic design after just one chapter. However, there are some survivor principles of graphic design laid out by Robin Williams. Those principles are contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity (C.R.A.P.).

You will learn to see the world in a new way. For years, you have looked at magazine layouts, ads, banners, flyers, etc. Some have caught your eye and some have not. Unless you have been trained in graphic design, it would most likely be hard for you to vocalize what it is about a layout that appeals to you.

The principles of graphic design, ad design, and type design will be repeated throughout the text when designing the following deliverables:

  • Ads
  • Websites
  • Resumes
  • Term papers
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Spreadsheets
  • Graphs

Everything that you design in this course will have a professional feel to it. Our goal is to make your work indistinguishable from the work that appears in publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Realizing that goal will also help make you a valuable contributor in the workforce. Others will value your work as professional, polished and communicative. You will also be able to give guidance to others on how to improve the look of their deliverables.

Robin Williams Robin Williams is the author of the Non-Designer’s Design Book. This is an essential reference used even in graphic design programs.

Where Are We in the Life Cycle?

Many information systems projects are conceived of in a life cycle that progresses in stages from analysis to implementation. The diagram below shows the stages that we touch in the current chapter:

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ContrastThe use of type, color, weight, and so forth to draw attention to specific elements on the page. focuses our attention and should be used to highlight the most important points that the audience should take away. Designers should use colors, bold type, and size to distinguish parts of text or an image and create contrast. Contrast is used in all aspects of life. For example, jewelers usually display their diamond pieces on a background of black velvet to let the jewels stand out. The page you are reading uses headings to create contrast with the text.

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Formatting, including the use of a blue shape, creates contrast, drawing attention to important data points in the Excel graph.

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Formatting headings for the title and subtitles creates contrast..

Contrast Through Visual Weight

Another way to create contrast is by using visual weightThe amount of ink dedicated to an element on the page. The more ink, the more contrast that is created.. You create a focal point and then lead the reader’s eye around the page. The main focal point is the picture. The next “heaviest” item on the page is the headline, followed by the date, followed by the logo, followed by the body text. The reader’s eye is led from one item to the next based on these “weights.” The greatest mistake that most students make in flyer design is to make all the text the same size as though it needed to be readable from 20 feet away. As long as the picture and headline capture interest, a reader will move in closer to read the rest of the flyer. Also, if every item is the same size then nothing stands out and it looks unprofessional. Variation of font sizes and weights is critical to focus attention.

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Visual weight in action. Note how your eye travels around this flyer in the numbered sequence depicted.

Contrast with Fonts: Type Design

When working with type, aim for a contrasting layout. Contrasting layouts create visual interest and energy. For example, when you wear clothes of contrasting colors, such as red on navy blue, the outfit can be quite eye catching. Our examples will follow the conventions Robin Williams sets out in her book.Williams’ book, The Non-Designers Design Book discusses design principles for the novice designer.

(Video) Principles of Design (CRAP)

The opposite of contrast is affinityThe opposite of contrast. Layouts demonstrating affinity show subtle variations in color or brightness.. Layouts demonstrating affinity show subtle variations in color or brightness. The overall effect is pleasing, though not particularly remarkable. For example, a person wearing a dark suit with a dark tie would be wearing an outfit that shows affinity.

In type design, a layout showing affinity is best for formal documents, such as wedding and graduation invitations. For most other documents, use a contrasting style to make your documents really pop. However, tailor the contrast to suit the audience and the occasion for the document. For example, a business plan prepared for a bank should have less contrast than the layout of this text book. When in doubt, be conservative.

The one type of layout that you must avoid is a conflicting layoutA layout in which type is very similar but different. The effect is disturbing to the eye, as though an error has taken place.. In a conflicting layout the type is very similar but different. For example, never use two different serif fonts on the same page. Think of wearing an outfit that has two different shades of red that are very similar but different. The combination looks like a mistake—as though part of the outfit had faded in the wash. In the same manner two serif fonts side by side will look like a mistake. Fonts should be identical or very different.

The text on the next page is taken from The United States Declaration of Independence and demonstrates some type contrasting techniques. By increasing the font size and changing the text color, you can highlight certain words or information that you want to stand out. The goal is to make “Creator” stand out as the most important word in the sentence. You can also boldface to dramatize the weight of the text or italicize to accent the text. Direction refers to adding space between letters to make text stand out. Structure, using serif or sans serif fonts, can also differentiate text and will be discussed in the next section.

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Contrast with Fonts: Serif/Sans Serif

The two main categories of font are serif and sans serif. Serifs are the ornamental strokes at the end of the letters, which all serif fonts have. Sans serif means without serifs, therefore sans serif fonts do not have these decorative additions.

Serif and sans serif fonts can be used together to create contrast within text. Typically sans serif fonts are used for headings while serif fonts are used for body text.

Note that you should avoid combining two fonts that are from the same category. For example, two serif fonts that look similar, such as Georgia and Garamond, should not be used together.

Serif fonts are best used in text heavy books because the serifs quickly guide the reader’s eye from letter to letter. Sans serif fonts are the best choice for online text because serifs can blur in the pixels on a screen. The resolution of most computer screens is not sufficient to precisely draw the serifs in a body of text. The result tends to look blurry. Therefore, most websites use a sans serif font. An exception is sometimes made for the page title, which because of its greater font size, can show serifs much more clearly. To allow for serifs online, Microsoft developed a series of ClearType fonts designed to accurately reproduce serifs.

Though font options are limited online, other techniques such as size, weight, color, form, and direction can be used to create contrast within online material. Color is especially powerful on a website as most viewers have a color monitor.

Please see the Appendix for additional font categories. These include slab serif, modern, script, and decorative.

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Contrast with Fills and Outlines

A fill is the color, gradient, or pattern the occupies the inside of a drawn object. An outline is the color, gradient, or pattern that borders the drawn object. PowerPoint has extensive fill and outline options.

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Different fills, same outline

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Same fill, Different outlines

Repetition Unifies an Image

RepetitionThe practice of repeating visual elements such as fonts, colors, images, and so forth to unify a composition. ties objects or images together. For instance, we know which football players are on a team because of the repetition of their uniforms. This text uses repetition of fonts, styles, and sizes to unify the design. On the facing page, repetition of graphic elements draws an image together.

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The repetition of formatting in the text headings creates a unified professional look.

(Video) CRAP: 4 Basic Principles of Graphic Design

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This ad uses repetition with the colors in the text, arrow, stain, and background to reflect the colors in the logo and nachos. Notice how this ad looks more cohesive and professional.Special thanks to Gregg Fouch for designing the Casa de Yuca marketing materials.

Repetition with Color

Adobe has a wonderful free web-based application called Kuler, which helps you choose a color paletteA group of colors used in a composition that harmonize in some way. When colors are used from the palette, they serve to unify the composition. Colors in the palette are normally referenced by their red, green, blue (RGB) numeric values.. One of its most spectacular features is the ability to upload an image and have Kuler automatically generate a color palette from that image. You then use that palette for fonts, fills, and so forth in your composition, and you are virtually guaranteed that the colors will all work well together.

To use the more interesting features of Kuler you must first create an account at: kuler.adobe.com. Now you can save your color palettes. Once saved, you can reveal the numerical values that correspond to your color palette. These numeric values may be imported into PowerPoint (under custom color).

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Kuler helps create a color palette. You can create a color palette by uploading a picture. After saving your palette, Kuler will allow you see the RGB values associated with each color. You can then type these values into PowerPoint. Adobe product screenshot reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated.


AlignmentArranging items on a page so that they touch common imaginary vertical or horizontal lines to convey organization, polish, and strength. indicates organization, polish, and strength. Text on a page is easier to read and understand if it is properly aligned to the margin. Alignment should be applied to every design or page layout to show order. Alignment on this page is created by left aligning all of the text and graphics.

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The alignment of text and images in this ad creates a polished and professional look.


ProximityArranging items on a page so that similar items are grouped together to establish their relationship. creates relationships within objects in an image. Placing objects close together shows their connectedness and focuses the audience’s attention. For example, captions placed near photos on a page layout show that they describe the photos they are near. The page you are reading places headings next to the text they introduce to signify their relationship.

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Proximity helps to organize this spreadsheet in Excel. The title and subtitle are separated from the rest of the spreadsheet.

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Proximity is used to group the links on the navigation bar. Similarly the image, title, and price of each bottle are grouped together.

Graphic Design Summary

Graphic design is perhaps the most creative aspect of information design. Though design leaves room for originality, there are clearly articulated principles every designer should follow to create clear and effective images. We will adopt four basic principles outlined by Robin Williams. These principles that have been introduced in the previous pages are: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity (C.R.A.P.).

Mastering these principles will allow you to produce clear documents and make presentations look more professional. The business cards on the next page demonstrate good and bad examples of each design principle. Please study these principles as they will appear again and again throughout this text.

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Good contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity.

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Bland design lacks contrast.

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Images lacking repetition look disconnected.

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Lack of alignment looks sloppy.

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Poor proximity lacks focus.

(Video) What is C.R.A.P. ग्राफिक डिजाइनका सिद्धान्तहरू। Principles of Graphic Design.

Ad Design: Picture, Headline, Text, and Logo

The C.R.A.P. graphic design principles are universal. However, most media have additional design principles that should be followed. For example advertisements tend to follow a convention in their composition. These additional principles are described here and serve as the basis for one of the assignments.

An effective ad should position the product in an appealing light to its target audience while also demonstrating the product concept. While there are many ways to design an ad, we will adopt the format advocated by John McWade.John McWade wrote an excellent book called Before & After Page Design. He also maintains a design web site, www.bamagazine.com. The four ad design principles are:

  • Picture: Pictures are the focal point of an ad and should occupy a majority of the space. They are used to grab an audience’s attention.
  • Headline: The headline of an ad should be concise and illustrated in a clear font. This is one of the few times that centered text works.
  • Text: The body of text is used to sell the product. It delivers the message to the audience.
  • Logo: Every ad should include a tag line — the company or product motto - and a logo.

Because pictures are the focal point of the ad, they should take center stage. Using a picture in an ad is an opportunity to showcase the product and, therefore, the picture should occupy roughly two-thirds to three-quarters of the available space no matter what the shape of the ad.

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Some sample ad layouts. The picture should occupy two-thirds to three quarters of the ad and appear in the space above the white line.

Key Takeaways

  • The same graphic design principles apply to computer screens, documents, and presentation graphics.
  • The four graphic design principles are contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity (C.R.A.P.).
  • Contrast helps to highlight and focus attention. Contrast may be achieved using color, shades of gray, size, visual weight, and so forth.
  • Repetition helps to unite a document so that it looks like a
  • coherent whole. Repetition may be achieved by repeating fonts, styles, images, and so forth.
  • Alignment helps to organize information to make it clearer and more professional looking. Alignment may be achieved using onscreen guidelines.
  • Proximity helps to establish relationships between items. Items in close proximity appear related.
  • Type design may be used to reinforce contrast and/or repetition. Font, size, weight, color, form, and direction are all type design attributes.
  • Colors should harmonize in a palette. Professional tools such as Kuler help to establish a color palette from an image.
  • Fills and outlines can create contrast and/or repetition.
  • Every ad should have a picture, headline, text, and logo.

Questions and Exercises

  1. Identify the Picture, Headline, Text, and Logo in 3 different ads.
  2. Describe the use of C.R.A.P. principles by your favorite magazine.
  3. Describe the use of C.R.A.P. principles by your favorite website.
(Video) C.R.A.P. DESIGN PRINCIPLES | Free Web Design Tutorial 2021 | Lesson 1


The following techniques, found in the software reference, may be useful in completing the assignments for this chapter: PowerPoint: Overview Map of Interface • Image-Crop • Image-Delete Background • Image-Insert • Image-Rotate • Guide Lines-View • Turn Off Snap To Grid; In the Google section of the Cloud Computing software reference: Create an Account • Add a Signature Graphic; and in the Word section of the software reference: Text-Formula

L1 Assignment: Email Signature

Many students wonder how to create eye catching email signatures. A catchy signature helps you to stand out from the crowd. Part of your signature is the font and size that you use to respond to other emails. You will also learn more about cloud computing through Gmail.


If you don’t have one already, create a Gmail account at www.gmail.com. Sign into your Gmail account and go to Settings to change your signature. The fonts in Gmail are limited as they are trying to show fonts available on all computer platforms—Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, you can type up your signature in Word or PowerPoint and copy/paste it into Gmail with more inventive fonts. To see which fonts are likely to be installed on all systems receiving your messages visit these sites:



Content and Style

  • Create a readable, interesting, and professional email signature using text and [optionally] graphics.
  • Specify the font you will use to respond to messages.
  • Apply and follow all graphic design principles.
  • [Optionally] Create graphics for the signature in PowerPoint using drawing tools. Save the slide as a PNG image in your public Dropbox folder. Then right click on the file in Dropbox to copy its URL. If you want to change the signature, just update the PowerPoint file and re—save as a PNG file to replace the prior version. In Gmail click on settings and insert an image in the signature editor. It will ask for a URL. Paste the URL from the file in your public Dropbox folder.
  • Send an email to yourself with at least one line of text to test the signature. Save your test email with the signature as a PDF file or take a screen shot of the file using the Windows Snipping Tool (Mac users can use Cmd+Shift+4).


Electronic submission: Submit the PDF or screenshot from your Gmail test message to the course management system as proof of completing the assignment.

Paper submission: Create a printout of your Gmail test message.

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Sample test message for email signature assignment.

L2 Assignment: Laptop Hotspot Ad

PowerPoint allows you to alter images to create a composition that does not really exist. Compositions like this should be done with caution. You don’t want to misrepresent anything to a potential client. In this case we are not selling the beach, just the idea of working from the beach, so no harm done. However, this would not be appropriate to advertise a resort. If this were a “photo” for a news article then altering the scene would actually be unethical. The example shown here is an ad for a restaurant, but you will be creating an ad for a cell phone provider—showcasing their ability to use the cell phone as a wifi hotspotYour cell phone becomes a hotspot through a process called tethering. Tethering allows your computer to communicate to the internet by sending and receiving data over your cell phone’s data connection. Tethering is accomplished by creating a Bluetooth connection between your cell phone and your laptop. The laptop then sends/receives over both the Bluetooth connection and your cell phone’s data connection. Response time is faster if your cell phone has a 3G connection to the cell phone tower. so that you can work from your laptop. You pick the provider and then include their logo and appropriate text in the ad.


Sketch a design on paper then find creative commons images and save them to your folder. Search


Content and Style

  • Create an original advertisement. You may use some or all of the images given or create a completely different context—e.g. outer space.
  • Create an original heading, text, and tagline for this assignment.
  • You may have to remove backgrounds from your images using PowerPoint’s background removal tool.
  • Apply and follow all graphic and ad design principles.
  • Each picture and text box will appear on a separate layer in the selection pane. Name each layer as you create it.
  • Make sure that your name and copyright is large enough to be read, but small enough to remain discreet on your document. (Your name replaces “Joe Bobcat”).
  • Upload your image to Kuler to find a color for your text background.
  • You may choose to include a picture of a laptop, cell phone, and/or person as you deem appropriate to the ad.


Electronic submission: Save your file as a PowerPoint presentation. Submit it electronically.

Paper submission: Create a color printout by printing the slide in color directly out of PowerPoint.

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What are the crap principles of design? ›

C.R.A.P., a design principle developed by Robin Patricia Williams, stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. By understanding CRAP, you can consistently deliver effective design, whether it's for a website, a landing page, an eBook, or just a banner ad.

What does crap u mean in art? ›

What does C.R.A.P mean? C.R.A.P stands for contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity and these are the four principles of design that graphic and visual designers use all the time for websites.

What is proximity in crap? ›

Proximity helps to establish relationships between items. Items in close proximity appear related. Type design may be used to reinforce contrast and/or repetition. Font, size, weight, color, form, and direction are all type design attributes.

What is the principles of carp stars for why it is important? ›

The C.A.R.P.

There are four principles of message design that, when adhered to, can guide you as you design your ePortfolio to be understandable, digestible, and memorable. Those principles are contrast, alignment, repetition, and proximity or more commonly referred to by the acronym CARP.

What does the acronym CRAP stand for in writing? ›

THE WRITING CENTER. The CRAP Test. The CRAP test is a method for evaluating research based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose/Point of View.

Which crap principle maintains consistency in the design? ›

These are all included in the CRAP principles that you must consider in your designs. 2- Repetition: Repetition gives your design consistency.

Why do we say crap? ›

The word crap is actually of Middle English origin and predates its application to bodily waste. Its most likely etymological origin is a combination of two older words: the Dutch krappen (to pluck off, cut off, or separate) and the Old French crappe (siftings, waste or rejected matter, from the medieval Latin crappa).

What is junk art called? ›

It is also seen as a sub-species of "found art", and is sometimes referred to as "trash art". Its identifying mark, however, remains the use of banal, ordinary, everyday materials.

What is proximity in design? ›

Definition: The principle of proximity states that items close together are likely to be perceived as part of the same group — sharing similar functionality or traits.

How do you achieve contrast? ›

Playing lighter and darker colors off of each other is one of the easiest ways to add contrast and make certain parts of your design more visible. As a simple example, think of dark text on a light background—or vice-versa, as with this design.

What are the five usability best practices? ›

Usability: defined
  • Learnability. When we think about what systems are easy to learn/use, you think about everyday usages. ...
  • Efficiency. ...
  • Memorability. ...
  • Errors Prevention/ Forgiving Design: ...
  • Satisfaction.

What does carp stand for design? ›

CARP stands for Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity.

What does carp stand for in digital solutions? ›

●The acronym C.A.R.P stands for: ●C = Contrast. ●A = Alignment. ●R = Repetition. ●P = Proximity.

What does alignment mean in carp? ›

However, when thinking about contrast in typography, it's important to note that weights from the same family will help your designs look more cohesive. Alignment: Gives a visual connection to everything on the page. This means avoiding random placement and using invisible lines to create a clean, sophisticated look.

Why is design consistency so important? ›

Design consistency improves usability and learnability, especially when similar elements look and function similarly. When consistency is an integral part of your design, people can grasp new contexts quickly without pain or confusion since they know what to expect next with your design.

Why is consistency the most important design principle? ›

It helps design work communicates clearly and look professional - Consistency looks professional and helps to ensure design work is communicating the intended message. A lack of consistency in design elements, sizes, colours etc can leave people confused and compositions looking messy!

What is the most used principle of design? ›

Alignment is one of the most important design principles. It helps ensure a sharp, ordered appearance for ultimately better designs by ensuring your various elements of design have a pleasing connection with each other.

What's another word for crap? ›

refuse; rubbish; junk; litter: Will you clean up that crap! verb (used without object), crapped,crap·ping. Vulgar. to defecate.

What is illegal art called? ›

Graffiti (plural; singular graffiti or graffito, the latter rarely used except in archeology) is art that is written, painted or drawn on a wall or other surface, usually without permission and within public view.

Is Destroying art illegal? ›

The Right to Protection from Destruction

Even a person who purchases this type of work for their collection does not have a right to destroy or modify it without the consent of the artist. VARA provides a right for the artist to sue if their work has been destroyed.

Who invented junk art? ›

But who is the first "junk art" artist? Research has shown that it seems to be Marcel Duchamp who has began the movement in the early 20th century. This artist is recognized for taking common every day items and giving them another life in an unsuspecting - uncommon environment.

What is design alignment? ›

In literal terms, alignment means the arrangement of various items in relation to the various borders or edges of the allowable area. Alignment in graphics design definition isn't much different from this. It literally means the lining of graphics and text in relation to the various edges of the design canvas.

Why is alignment important in design? ›

Alignment is vitally important in print graphic design because it: allows you to arrange elements in a way that matches how people naturally scan the page. helps balance your image so that it's visually appealing. creates a visual connection between related elements.

Is color a principle of design? ›

Color is often deemed to be an important element of design as it is a universal language which presents the countless possibilities of visual communication. Hue, saturation, and brightness are the three characteristics that describe color. Hue can simply be referred to as "color" as in red, yellow, or green.

What is the most important goal of a graphic design? ›

The goal of graphic design is to create visually appealing products that convey certain messages or information.

How can I improve my visual contrast? ›

Q: How Can Visual Contrast Sensitivity Be Improved?
  1. Tinted lenses filter out glare, and the yellow tint can help the patient see contrasts more clearly, especially at night.
  2. Anti-reflective coatings eliminate reflections from the surfaces of the eyeglasses and greatly reduce glare.
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How does improve image contrast? ›

Contrast enhancement of color images is typically done by converting the image to a color space that has image luminosity as one of its components, such as the L*a*b* color space. Contrast adjustment is performed on the luminosity layer L* only, and then the image is converted back to the RGB color space.

How can we improve usability? ›

Here are seven essential tips that you can take to improve usability on your website:
  1. Reduce page loading times. ...
  2. Maintain consistency across your site. ...
  3. Make your site responsive. ...
  4. Use a familiar navigation layout. ...
  5. Use headings and subheadings with your content. ...
  6. Highlight your key features. ...
  7. Use images – but don't overdo it.
16 Nov 2016

Why is usability so important? ›

On the Web, usability is a necessary condition for survival. If a website is difficult to use, people leave. If the homepage fails to clearly state what a company offers and what users can do on the site, people leave. If users get lost on a website, they leave.

What does AP mean in design? ›

Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art (also known as AP Art and Design) is a series of Advanced Placement Courses divided into three different categories: AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, and AP Studio Art 3D Design.

What does OA stand for in design? ›

Officina Acustica (OA) stands alone in the acoustic design and engineering space - we combine Italian design with decades of acoustic experience.

What does DLS stand for in design? ›

Carbon DLS (digital light synthesis) is an industrial 3D printing process that creates functional, end-use parts with mechanically isotropic properties and smooth surface finishes.

What do ICA stand for? ›

abbreviation. 1. International Cooperation Administration: exsted 1955–61. 2. International Communication Agency: existed 1978–82.

What does pvs stand for in technology? ›

Physical Verification System (software) PVS.

What does TX mean in technology? ›

What does TX stand for?
Rank Abbr.Meaning
TXTungsten X (Palm product)
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What are the 3 steps of alignment? ›

As it turns out, this can be done in three straightforward steps.
  • Step 1: Understand your strategy.
  • Step 2: Define your future value proposition.
  • Step 3: Align the other elements with your value proposition.
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What are the 4 basic design principles? ›

Effective design centres on four basic principles: contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity. These appear in every design.

Which principle of design is most associated with generating impact and highlighting importance? ›


Emphasis is all about highlighting the most important area in your design. For example, if you want to accentuate the headline in your visual, then make sure to use a font size that will stand out and will draw people's attention. Similarly, you can utilize a bold color to make the text pop.

What are the 12 principles of design? ›

Understanding the basics

There are twelve basic principles of design: contrast, balance, emphasis, proportion, hierarchy, repetition, rhythm, pattern, white space, movement, variety, and unity.

What are the 5 main design principles? ›

Principles of design
  • Balance.
  • Alignment.
  • Proximity.
  • Repetition.
  • Contrast.
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What are the 7 principles of design define each principle? ›

The seven principles of art and design are balance, rhythm, pattern, emphasis, contrast, unity, and movement. Use the elements of art and design—line, shape/form, space, value, color, and texture—to create a composition as a whole. The elements of art and design are the tools of visual artists.

What is the most important principle of design? ›

Hierarchy. One of the most important principles in design, hierarchy is a way to visually rank your design elements. Hierarchy is not based on a design styles, but rather the order of importance. A good design leads the eye through each area in priority order.

What are the 4 main elements of design? ›

When you describe something you see, you use words that tell about the lines, shapes, colors, textures, and spaces. Line, shape, color, texture, and space are the basic elements of design.

What are the 9 design principles? ›

The main principles of graphic design are balance, contrast, emphasis, repetition and pattern, proportion, movement, white space, unity, and variety.

What are the 20 principles of design? ›

The elements, or principles, of visual design include Contrast, Balance, Emphasis, Movement, White Space, Proportion, Hierarchy, Repetition, Rhythm, Pattern, Unity, and Variety. These principles of design work together to create something that is aesthetically pleasing and optimizes the user experience.

What are the 5 elements of good design? ›

The Elements of Design are the things that artists and designers work with to create a design, or composition. The Elements are: line, shape, space, value, color and texture.

What is the golden rule of design? ›

A good interface should be designed to avoid errors as much as possible. However, if something goes wrong, your system should make it easy for users to understand and resolve the problem. Simple ways to deal with errors include displaying clear error notifications and descriptive hints to resolve the problem.

What are the 3 keys to a good design? ›

Share: There are a lot of components that go into a design. To best communicate visually, the three main principles of design to consider are typography, hierarchy and color.

Which statement best defines the principle of graphic design? ›

Which statement best defines the principles of graphic design? These are a set of rules only followed by designers. These are outline of ways designers can use elements in a composition. It provides the set of rules on how the graphic design started.

Why basic principles of design is important in any images? ›

The principles of design are made up of various mixes of the elements of design all put together in one picture, making the picture look better. When more than one principle is used together an artist can create artwork that will amaze people and get good publicity, hopefully benefiting the artist who made them.

Why do design principles matter? ›

Design principles are rules that will help guide you and your team while making important decisions throughout your projects. Whether they're high-level and universal, or specific to your project/product, they have the power to unify all your collaborators around what is most important to you and your users.

Why is it important to understand the principle of design? ›

The principles of design are the most important part of any design process. Without these principles, it would be very difficult for the users to understand the type of message that the designer is trying communicate.


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