Principles of Form and Design

The Principles of form and design

Creating a design is sometimes an easy process but often it requires much thought and technical skill to create something that has a certain function. This is why a basic knowledge of the principles of form and design can improve  any graphic design or form.
Firstly what is design? Design is functional art, it has a logical purpose and it has a visually appealing purpose. Forms come in a number of styles; for instance a flat static form, a 2d form and a 3d form. Both the function of a design and visual need will determine the from of the design. As you can see there are relationships here between function and art. Wucius Wong author of “Principles of form and design” states that it is a visual language of four elements all speaking to each other namely; conceptual elements, visual elements, relational elements and practical elements.
By keeping this concept in mind it helps break down an idea into categories of forms and design. It allows for the designer to initially think in a more abstract way so that the key principles are all playing a role in the draft design before the creative mind takes over.
The key to designing is to make sure both the functional and visual forms of a concept are executed in all of the design stages.

Article by Bridget O’Connell.
Inspired by the book: “Principles of form and design” by Wucius Wong