Graphic Design Principles #6: Rhythm

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This is part six of my eight-part series covering the basics of graphic design! 

Rhythm is defined as a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound. It's created when one or more elements of design are used repeatedly to create a feeling of organized movement. Rhythm and movement are two principles that almost always coincide in design.

Rhythm achieved through linear elements, alternating elements, gradation, repetition, or intricate details. Integrating rhythm in a design should be approached carefully – too subtle and it may not be noticed, or too much can cause the viewer to lose interest. 

Here are a few designs for examples of rhythm!

Your turn: What kind of rhythm do your pieces have? Are they wallflowers, or doing the mamba? (Cheesy, I know.) Try adding in some pattern, or incorporating some movement into your piece! Share a link or photo below after you update your pieces!

Catch up: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5