Point, Line, Plane: Foundations of Web Design Communication

"Good composition is like a suspension bridge - each line adds strength and takes none away."
Robert Henri (1865 - 1929) US painter


In today's tutorial, Linda discusses that fundamental component of design, the line. It's particularly relevant to web design, which has traditionally been based around tables and is now moving to CSS boxes. We look at different cultural responses to line, how lines make symmetry and how symmetry provokes a response from the viewer, helping him or her subconsciously judge whether a site "means business", is trustworthy, stable and responsible - vital design characteristics if you're designing a business site for yourself or your client!

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Overview

Table of Content:

  • The Genesis of Line, the First Design Element
  • The Element of Line Creates Other Design Elements
  • Cultural Design Lines
  • Line Applied to the Principles of Design
  • Passive Line and Layout

Linda Goin

Linda GoinLinda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.

Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.

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