This post is the first in a series focusing on the basic building blocks of design. With each new post we’ll feature a different principle that will help you understand how designers do what they do. If you’re ever tasked with creating something yourself, these principles can help you make good design decisions too!
Our brains like balance. Balance is the state of equilibrium that results from comparing visual elements to physical structures (such as mass, gravity, or the sides of a page). Balance is the arrangement of objects in a design in relation to their visual weight within that composition. Our mind likes when things are even and stable. When things are scattered and disorganized it gives us subconscious tension. Thus, visual balance is a key when designing all marketing materials, including websites.
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