What is graphic design?

What is graphic design?

Published at - Aug 13, 2021

 What is Graphic Designing?

Before starting a career in graphic design first, we have to know basically what is Graphic Designing? Is that mean logo designing, magazine covers designing, vector designing, or what! All the terms like these come to mind when we think of graphic designing. But exactly what it is? It’s a profession, we can say that, but if we go a little deep into it- it’s truly an art- a visualization communication.

. Graphic Designing Definition –  

The art or profession of using design elements (such as typography and images) to convey information or create an effect.

. Elements of Graphic Design.

 Elements in graphic design are the basic units of any visual design that form the design’s structure and convey its visual messages. The elements of graphic design are:

  • Line – It has an endless number of uses in the creation of art. Lines can be curved, straight, thick, thin, two-dimensional, three-dimensional – whatever really! A line is simply an element of design that is defined by a point moving in space.
  • Shape – A shape is an enclosed space, a bounded two-dimensional form that has both length and width. A shape’s boundaries are defined by other elements of art such as lines, values, colors, and textures; and by adding value you can turn a shape into an illusion of its three-dimensional cousin, form.
  • Color A color is that element of art which is formed when light striking an object is reflected back to eye. Color has 3 properties:
  1. Hue – Hue is the name of color. (Red, Blue or Yellow)
  2. Value – Value is the lightness and darkness of a hue. The value of color can be changed by adding black or white.
  3. Intensity/ Saturation – Its meant to the brightness or dullness of a color. Pure hues are high-intensity colors. Dull hues are low-intensity colors.
  • Texture – Texture in art refers to the feeling given to a surface. This element of art applies to both the physical feeling of a piece of artwork, as well as the impression of a texture given to a smooth surface.
  • Size – Simply meant to that ho small or big something is. In Graphic Design, Size is used as an indication of importance and it can also create attraction in design by using contrasting sizes.

. Principles of Graphic Design.

 Elements in graphic design are the basic units of any visual design that form the design’s structure and convey its visual messages. The elements of graphic design are:

  • Balance – Balance is one of the key principles of design, which refers to the way visual elements arranged so that their visual weight tuned with the other elements in the design, which gives overall perfect distributed elements in design.
  • Alignment – Simply meant arrangement in a straight line or parallel to something else. Alignment helps us to create a sense of unity by providing structure and connecting elements in a nice manner.
  • Proximity – Once you select or choose that how you are going to use pattern or symmetry in your design, repeat those patterns to establish consistency or uniformly throughout the design. This repetition ties together individual elements and strengthens the design but creating a feeling to communicate with design.
  • Contrast – It’s refers to the arrangement of light vs. dark colors, rough vs smooth textures, large vs small shapes, etc. as to create visual interest or attraction in design.

. Graphic Design Tools-  

Designers needs to get software skills to create their art digitally we all know in the era of digitalization traditional techniques are eliminated. Designers need to sketch or start with the basic blueprints or concept of art with pen and paper. Then, second step is to shift on software tools.

Some of the most common Graphic Design Software in the market.

  1. Adobe Photoshop – Photoshop is used for photo editing and raster graphic design software which allows users to create, edit, and manipulate graphics, images and art etc. Photoshop allows to create and edit images with multiple layers. It also provides the functionality of exporting the files in various formats. Photoshop is developed by Adobe Inc.   
  2. Adobe Illustrator – Illustrator is used for vector-based design and drawing. Also used as part of a larger design workflow. Mostly Designers use illustrator for logo and characters designing.
  1. Adobe XD – Adobe XD is a vector-based UI and UX design and wireframing tool. Designers use this design anything from smartwatch apps to fully fledged websites.
  1. Adobe Indesign – It is a software for creating and editing page and layout arrangement tool used for arranging the contents in making magazines, newspapers, books and e-books etc. basically its mostly used in printing industries.

. Industries where Graphic Designing is used –  

  1. Corporate or IT sectors – Designing plays key role in corporate industries. For Brand Identity Designing, GUI Website Designing, GUI Software Designing, UI and UX Designing. Designing is used in corporate to communicate brand values.
  1. Marketing and Advertising Design – Now a days Digital Marketing is on boom. Industries need posters, Brochures, Flyer and Social Media banners.
  1. Publication Industries – Publication means printing media, Here comes newspaper designing, magazine designing, books and e-books etc.
  1. Packaging Industries – Designing is used in packaging industries too like designs on pizza boxes, toys boxes and etc.

Well, that’s it! Hope this blog gives you a great idea of the basics of graphic designing. Follow me on socials for more blogs about designing

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Harendra Kanojiya

Hello, I am Harendra Kumar Kanojiya - Owner of this website and a Fullstack web developer. I have expertise in full-stack web development using Angular, PHP, Node JS, Python, Laravel, Codeigniter and, Other web technologies. I also love to write blogs on the latest web technology to keep me and others updated. Thank you for reading the articles.

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