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Design Elements

The design of any constructed object, place, event, visual or sound communication or system will include a range of different design elements. Design elements are powerful tools. Each design element has unique qualities and can be used in a variety of ways to serve different design needs. The selection and use of design elements in any design will be guided by design principles.

In visual designs common elements include line, tone, colour, texture, shape and form. In other forms of design such as sonic architecture or food design other elements may also be important such as sound, taste and smell.

Resources

Information about each design element is included the PowerPoint presentations downloadable below. The teacher introduction documents provide background information on the design element. Student worksheets are also provided to support learning about these design elements.

Complete design elements PowerPoint (PPT − 5.28 MB)

Visual design elements PowerPoint Teacher introduction Student worksheets
Line PPT (867 KB) DOC (68 KB)
PDF (71 KB)
DOC (816 KB)
PDF (174 KB)
Tone PPT (595 KB) DOC (68 KB)
PDF (71 KB)
DOC (169 KB)
PDF (693 KB)
Colour PPT (990 KB) DOC (68 KB)
PDF (71 KB)
DOC (139 KB)
PDF (813 KB)
Texture PPT (380 KB) DOC (68 KB)
PDF (71 KB)
DOC (1.6 MB)
PDF (1.2 MB)
Shape PPT (288 KB) DOC (68 KB)
PDF (71 KB)
DOC (171 KB)
PDF (588 KB)
Form PPT (269 KB)    
 
Other design elements PowerPoint
Sound PPT (1.2 MB)    
Taste and smell PPT (1.4 MB)    

 


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