4-H Youth Development

Design: Exploring the Elements & Principles - Iowa CES

A design is a visual plan you can use to create your 4-H project. Everything you can see has a design. When you describe something you see, you use words that tell about the lines, shapes, colors, textures, and spaces. Some combinations of design elements (line, shape, color, texture, and space) work better than others. There are some guidelines to help understand why some combinations work and others do not work as well. These guidelines—rhythm, proportion, emphasis, balance, and unity—are the principles of design.

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