Topic 5: Composition

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Topic 5: Composition

Post  Admin on Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:02 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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• Avoid placement of an item in dead center

Post  bradley on Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:03 am

• Avoid placement of an item in dead center
if its in the dead center there is to much space and it looks like it was intentionally the center of attention

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compistion

Post  lmclean on Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:04 am

• Sameness is frequently boring
this means that sameness is not inserting or exciting. being the same is very banal,and doesn't give something life.

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Avoid placement of an item in dead center

Post  reedm on Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:15 am

Avoid placement of an item in dead center. This might mean not to place an item in the middle of the page.

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composition

Post  cmonds on Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:17 am

Sameness is frequently boring
sameness is boring because it means it is continuously having the same point and idea of a certain object or project, or even a paper.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  wesley on Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:20 am

Sameness is frequently boring- Seeing the same thing over and over again makes you start to drift away and lose your attention.

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Proximity

Post  Katie P on Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:22 am

Proximity is very important because it organizes the website and all the information wont look like a blob.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  Shelby M on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:24 am

Sameness is frequently boring.
I think this means that if you keep doing/having the same thing that it would be really boring.
For example, if you listen to the same song in the car everyday, you are going to get very bored with it and tired of hearing it.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  Cheney B on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:25 am

• Sameness is frequently boring
Everything needs a little something in it to bring out the spunk. There needs to be something with bold letters and bright colors throughout the whole thing to make it less boring.

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Equal amounts of figure and ground confuse the eye

Post  Kat on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:25 am

If you have an equal amount of images to what the topic is on the page it can become confusing because the person doesn't know where to look because the page is too balanced.

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• Sameness is frequently boring

Post  Amanda on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:28 am

This means that if everything is the same and nothing is changed around then it doesn't catch anyone's attention. There's no interest and makes a person's attention span shorter. No one will want to look at it and would rather be doing something else.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  Miranda on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:29 am

• Symmetry (equal visual weight on both sides) tends to promote stability
when there is a page of information or images that fall only to one side or the other, not aligned with anything in particular, it becomes awkward to focus on or just annoying. it's important to keep equality in different sides of a design, whether exactly the same size or one bigger element and one smaller element (example: large body text area to the left, smaller navigation area to the right, the whole width of body+navigation centered, creates balance)

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uh.

Post  Caitlin on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:31 am

Contrast exaggerates an effect

This means that if you want whatever you are designing to be exciting and keep the viewers attention, use contrast. It makes it interesting and helps it stand out.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  jacob h on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:34 am

. sameness is frequently boring

If you keep saying the same thing over and over again the viewers of your web site will get bored.

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Re: Topic 5: Composition

Post  cohen r on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:41 am

• Symmetry (equal visual weight on both sides) tends to promote stability
symmetry allows things to be in order and allows the website to be stable. It also allows the website to be simple and not too complicated.

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I guess i gotta do this!

Post  Elizabet on Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:30 am

• Symmetry (equal visual weight on both sides) tends to promote stability
The reason is it creates balance in the paper allowing it to flow in a nice wayy

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here ya goo...

Post  brittany on Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:30 am

• Avoid placement of an item in dead center
everything dosent need to be in the dead center and focused.

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