The Elements and Principles

Building blocks and how to use them.

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The Elements of Art can be understood as the “nouns” of art.

These are the things that we can see in a single component of our final design. Each of these can stand alone, and do not need another element to be understood and exist.

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The Principles of Design can be understood as the “verbs” of design.

They can only be understood in comparison to another object- how two or more elements interact. These are the things that we see as we compare and contrast different elements.

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These resources will help you explore the elements and principles in depth, and they’re a collection of our favorite resources. Enjoy!