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In reality, there are roughly a dozen basic principles of design that beginning and expert designers alike should keep in mind when working on their projects. In addition, there are another dozen or so “secondary” design principles that are sometimes included as basics (for example, the Gestalt Principles, typography, color, and framing). The main design principles are explained and illustrated below.

Also, if you’re looking for ways to improve your design skills, or you want to create a better website or graphics for social media,

Folo share the 6 principles of design you should follow in this infographic.

Here’s a quick summary:

• Unity / Harmony
• Balance
• Hierarchy’s
• Scale / Proportion
• Dominance / Emphasis
• Similarity / Contrast

Check out the infographic for more detail.

basic principles of design


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This article was originally published in 11 May 2019. It was most recently updated in December 19, 2022 by Wise

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