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Graphic Design Lessons - Creating Graphic Ideas

 

Our composition techniques for graphic design teach you how to form and develop ideas.

 

Graphic Designs are visual concepts with layers of meaning that communicate an idea to a target audience.

 

The 3 Cs of Graphic Design: (Components + Composition = Concept)

 

In these lessons we use the above formula to help you generate your idea for graphic designs:

  • Components: These are the images and type we use to compose the layout of a design.
  • Composition: This is how we combine the components of a design to communicate the message.
  • Concept: This is the message communicated by the style and arrangement of the components.

Each of our lessons starts with a simple font symbol (component) which is explored through an assortment of techniques (composition) to form an idea for a graphic design (concept).

 

Note: The first ideas that you think of are not usually the most original. The reason they are already in your head is because you have seen them before in one form or another. The best ideas are those that you discover by trial and error through composing the components of your design to create a concept.

Graphic Design Components

The font symbols below were chosen for their simplicity as components. Click on each symbol to explore a range of composition techniques that you can adapt to create your own ideas.

Graphic Design Lesson Resources

 

Graphic Design Lesson Resources

Download our free Resource Sheets

Once you have studied our composition techniques you can find more symbols in our free Resource Sheets that you may download, print and use to develop your own ideas.

 

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