Colour harmony

Remember the colour wheel from our colour theory primer? Note not only the position of each of the 12 pure hues within this circular diagram, but also their relationships to the colours adjacent to, and across from, them. Understanding these colour relationships can help you combine colours in pleasing ways. Also known as colour harmonies or colour schemes, they consist …

Basic colour theory: The colour wheel

Colours can draw attention and make a statement. They can set a mood, energize or soothe. They can convey formality, warmth, vibrancy or playfulness. Used effectively, colour can be powerful design element. The harmonious use of colour depends on an understanding of colour theory, and it all begins with the colour wheel. Originally designed in 1666 by Sir Isaac Newton, …

Proximity: Sound design close to your heart

There’s a tendency among inexperienced designers to fill every inch of space. It’s unclear why they have such an aversion to empty—or white—space. When elements are scattered everywhere, designs appear unorganized and lack structure. Key information isn’t instantly accessible. This is where proximity can help. One of the four basic design principles, proximity helps to organize information. In looking at …