OC’s Guide to Visual Elements: A Series

Published: January 3, 2017

by Erin Nolan

Did you know that there are 8 visual elements of design? Each of the visual elements may be used on their own to stress a specific character of design. Each element can express various qualities such as:

  • movement and rhythm
  • space and depth
  • growth and structure
  • harmony and connection
  • noise and calm

as well as a wide range of emotions that make up the subjects of great art.

In this 8 part series, we will walk you through each of the elements: Line, Shape, Color, Tone, Pattern, Texture, Volume, and Form. Before we break each element down, here is a graphic to help you remember them all:



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This informative series will begin with LINE. Here’s your homework: draw every kind of line you can think of. Then come back for part one to learn about lines!