Topic 5: Composition

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Topic 5: Composition

Post  Admin on Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:59 am

Composition (kom po ZISH shun)
1. A putting together of parts or elements to form a whole; a combining
2. A short essay; especially one written as a school exercise
3. The plan, placement or arrangement of elements or ingredients in an art work

Though composition requires parts it cannot be considered except as a whole. Composition is to its elements as a recipe is to its ingredients. You can't make cookies without flour, butter and sugar, but having those ingredients poured into a bowl is a whole lot different than cookies.

Humans see the whole before we see the parts. This would suggest that we have a natural tendency toward completeness or harmony.

There are rules of composition just as there are rules of language. In both cases, these are only useful as starting points. The difference between language (which communicates) and gibberish (which does not) is an adherence to fundamental rules. Conventional spelling, pronunciation, grammar and structure do not make communication good-they only make it possible.

Similarly, in visual language, following rules of composition should be seen as a stepping off point, a minimum standard. here are a few of the rules of composition:

• Avoid placement of an item in dead center
• Symmetry (equal visual weight on both sides) tends to promote stability
• Diagonals are more active than horizontals
• Proximity creates tension
• Sameness is frequently boring
• Regularity creates rhythm
• Contrast exaggerates an effect
• Placement of items in corners creates awkward tension
• Arches support weight, inverted arches imply weight
• Equal amounts of figure and ground confuse the eye

For your response, copy and paste one of the bulleted compositional rules above. Then explain what you think it might mean in one or two sentences. Please do not mimic someone else's explanation.

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Post  Samantha on Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:09 am

Sameness is frequently boring

This rule means that if you keep your website the same, it gets boring. No one wants to look at a boring website so if yours is boring no one will look at it.

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Post  Jamison on Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:24 am


• Avoid placement of an item in dead center

This might mean that if you place something right in the center that is all the viewer will focus their eyes on. The viewer needs to get the full view.

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Post  jimmy c on Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:29 am

• Placement of items in corners creates awkward tension

Putting items in the corners can throw off your alignment. This makes wierd focusing and causes the viewer to look towards the edges, not where they should focus. This makes draws attention from causes and distracts the viewer of the page.

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Post  Hootie on Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:38 am

Symmetry (equal visual weight on both sides) tends to promote stability.


Symmetry is very important. if you do not have symmetry or the correct symmetry i should say, your whole paper or website will be all messed up. this is one of the most important features.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  Eric D on Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:54 am

Sameness is boring because the same thing gets old and there is nothing more important then the others.

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Post  A blank on Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:55 am

• Sameness is frequently boring

This means that if you repeat the same thing over and over again its boring. It doesn't give any interest to whatever you're doing. You have to change things up and put something different instead of having it all the same.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  LexiO on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:14 am

Contrast makes things stand out and it brings your attention to color. It makes things different and it draws your attention closer. Contrast is one of the best effects you can use to make a page or a picture interesting.

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Contrast Exagerates an Effect

Post  Josh on Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:09 am

Contast uses opossing colors to make certain things stand out. A black page with a white border for example, make the page stand out. Too much contrast will exagerate the effect. lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

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