The principles of design are concepts for organizing visual information. They are not rules so much as definitions for what works. The reason for studying the design principles first is so you can start using them now and improve your understanding of them over the remainder of the semester.
Design is the organization of visual information. Design
principles are descriptions of how we perceive and process visual information
and are the ideas for creating order in two-dimensional images. The
design principles will help you make decisions about how to use the
design elements (Part II and Part V) to create your compositions.
In this section you will explore some of the most important
of the design principles: