Graphic Design Principles #8: Unity

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

Unity can be defined as the state of forming a complete and pleasing whole. Unity is the feeling of harmony between all parts within the design, which creates a sense of completeness. Some would say that a piece is not successful until it feels unified.

Most designs use a balance of unity and variety (as discussed last week). Unity is shown through repetition and order, and variety incorporates asymmetry and disorder. Unity can be achieved in design a few different ways – placing objects in close proximity to each other, repeating elements, consistent alignment or use of grids, or continuation of lines (connecting elements together).

Here are a few designs for examples of unity!

Your turn: Would you say that your pieces are unified? Look at the design and see if you can point out repetition, continuation of lines, grouping of elements, etc. Share a link or photo below after you update your pieces!

Catch up: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7