Elements and Principles of Design

Elements and Principles of Design 



The design elements are:  line, shape, space, tone, texture, and colour.

The design principles are used to arrange, compose or organise the design elements. They include emphasis, harmony, repetition, rhythm, pattern, dominance, unity, proportion, scale, hierarchy, balance, and contrast.



·         Students will have an understanding of the basic building blocks of design and how to use them in their designing.

·         They will also need to understand the application of design principles through problem solving.

·        They will need to be able to talk/write about them in their analysis of other peoples work. 


Performances of Understanding


1. Complete Elements and Principles of Design Pre-test.

2. Create a two Page explanation of the elements and principles of Design with a small picture for each.  It is important that you attempt to write the definitions into your own words.  You will need to use online articles to assist in writing your definitions. This should be printed and put in your resource folder.

3. You need to find an architectural example either from a magazine or website for each principle of design and explain in your own words how this picture displays the characteristics of the principle chosen.  1 page per picture and description.  Post your findings on your blog.  Make sure your spelling is correct and you include a reference as to where your picture came from.

Links to use.








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