Principles of Design
My heart skipped a beat whenever I found the blue and white cover peaking from the bottom of a bookshelf. As I slipped out the book, memories from my old design class came back to me and how I never did buy the book for that class (being the broke student that I was). And here it sat, the book looking hardly used except for the Half Price bright sticker plastered on the corner. Best find I’ve had in a while.
What I would like to do
I am mostly inspired by a post I saw a year ago on David Airey’s site titled “10 Principles of Good Design”. I first saw these principles in the movie Objectified (if you haven’t seen it, it’s awesome.). Here is Dieter Rams’ profile and his 10 principles if you want to skip the movie.
Instead of using Rams’ principles, I wanted to expound on some of the principles in this book into a post series featured on TFC.
What is the Universal Principle of Designs?
“The goal of this book is to assist designers with these challenges(of having to look for a broad spectrum of resources) and reduce the effort required to learn about key principles of design across disciplines.”
My professor had gone through the entire book in a slow, almost nonchalant manner. But even though his teaching was left to a minimum, the principles from this book and discussions aroused from them took up the entire hour and a half.
HOW AUTHORS DECIDED ON PRINCIPLES
They factored in:
- Degree of misuse or misunderstanding
- Strength of supporting evidence.
The use of well-established design principles increases the chances that a design will be successful.
HOW TO USE IT
- To understand design
- Promote brainstorming and idea generation
- Check quality of design work
I’m not a working design professional, more like a design enthusiast or amateur designer. I am passionate about the craft and adore writing about it. Comments are welcomed!