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Graphic Design Fundamentals: Form & Image

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Bringing it All Together

Timothy Samara

Graphic Design Fundamentals: Form & Image

Timothy Samara

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5. Bringing it All Together

Lesson Info

Bringing it All Together

And so, since we're talkin' about bringing it all together, that means that I'm bringing it all together now. Always remember, the fundamentals are forever. They never go away. You will always encounter them. You'll always have to think about them. 70 years from now, while you're still working and creating beautiful and expressive, compelling design communications, over and over again you'll be remembering. A couple of tips to work by. Always keep your image options open. Don't just assume that a photograph or a certain kind of illustration is the best way to go in order to achieve what you need. Think about how interesting the range of possibilities for imagery and form are. Use color decisively. Choose it on purpose. Define a palette. And use it for visual purposes, to be compelling and beautiful, but also for meaning, to be evocative, metaphorical, to support the communication. You need to know the ins and outs of types really, really well, Because you are working with an element, i...

n that case, that is very, very functional, and that can suffer a tremendous deal, or can suffer greatly, if the relationship between its visual expression and its verbal utility are not kind of tightly controlled. And you really have to be aware of how those elements work with each other, spacing, the counter forms, alignment relationships, groupings, and so on. And the last thing is you always want to keep in mind and take a look at your layouts as you're going through them. You know, test out different kinds of variations in how you might organize the same stuff. 'Cause sometimes if you just do things for the sake of seeing that difference, you find a much clearer and much more dynamic relationship than you might've thought in advance. So don't preconceive, and make sure that all the parts of the layout, whether it's for a web page or for a poster, for architectural signage, for a book or a brochure, that they are all working together, talking to each other to create a dynamic totality. And now, again, just get out there and do it. Thank you very much. (applause) Thanks. If you would like to find out more, you can visit my website at And if you're interested in purchasing any of my books, many of which talk about these kinds of issues in different ways, there are two different web sites you can go to to do a search to find my books there. I encourage you to go through all this information and I hope you get a lot out of it.

Class Description

You only need basic understanding of line and form to appreciate art and design, but you need a lot more than that to create it. Deepen your understanding of these fundamentals in Graphic Design: Form & Image with Timothy Samara.

In this class, Timothy will teach you about the primary form categories and how they apply across mediums. You’ll learn about:

  • Geometric vs organic forms
  • Pictorial vs non-pictorial images
  • Form relationships and meaning
  • Juxtaposition and sequence

You’ll learn how the medium you are working in affects how the viewer interprets your work and get tips for getting the results you are after.

Graphic Design: Form & Image will help you confidently create images that are visually balanced and sophisticated. 

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Santosh Sharma

I am a big fan of Tim since I started reading his books long back. Its good to see himself teaching, though its a video. This course made things more clearer about concepts and image making. Thank.

Indumathi Manohar

Tim is just SO much fun!!! I love his lectures. He just packs information in, but the material just flows intuitively from one subject to the next. He clearly knows his stuff!