10 Visual Hierarchy Principles Every Designer Should Know

10 Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

Visual Hierarchy in Graphic Design is the way we arrange all different graphic elements from the composition to create a visual order depending on their importance, being the most important information the first we saw in the design. 

The average time people spend watching any design is 8 seconds,so that’s why visual hierarchy is important, we need to have in mind this time when creating a design and structure correctly all elements depending on their importance to give the viewer the main information.

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1. Size and Scale

In graphic design Scale and proportion as design elements refers to the size of one graphic element in relation to other graphic element in design or artwork. Size and scale is one of the core principles of graphic design, and it can affect on the meaning of your design and it can help viewer to identify easily the most important elements from your design and focus on the main information.

Size and Scale Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

2. Color and Contrast

Color is one of the key elements of Graphic Design and I have a single post dedicated to color and full guide of color theory here!. Talking about visual hierarchy color and contrast is used in a design composition to drive the viewer attention to specific graphic elements through contrasting color palettes where the most important elements use brighter color.

Contrast Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

3. Typographic Hierarchy

Typographic hierarchy in graphic design is a system used to organize in a visual way using typography the order of importance of the information shown in the design, where the title will be the most important element, and it will be bigger than the body text, and that will help viewer to easily identify the main topic of the design.

Typographic Hierarchy Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

4. Spacing

Spacing in visual hierarchy is used to give all your graphic elements in design more space and room to breathe, and this will make easier to the viewer to identity all objects in your design and order them by importance.

Spacing Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

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5. Proximity

Proximity is one of basic graphic design principles and proximity rules in visual hierarchy says that things that are related should be nearer to each other, and things that don’t have any relation should be placed further from each other in your design composition.

Proximity Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

6. Alignment

Alignment in Graphic design refers to placing graphic elements and text in a page they line up on your composition. Alignment helps you to organize your design elements and create visual connection and make the viewer easier to detected the most important information from your design and improve the readability of it.

Alignment Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

7. Repetition

Repetition on graphic design refers to a process of repeating different graphic elements from your design and place them through the design composition to give more unified look to it and adding more consistency to your design.

Repetition Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

8. Leading Lines

Lines in graphic design are one of the basic graphic elements and they are marks used to connect two different points, in visual hierarchy we use leading lines in the design to direct the viewer’s eye and control their attention using lines.

Leading Lines Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

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9. Rule Of Thirds

The rule of thirds in graphic design is a common technique designers and it consist in divide the design into three rows and three columns, and where the vertical and horizontal lines meet is where the focus points in your composition should be placed, by doing this technique it helps to make more striking effect to viewer.

Rule of Thirds Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

10. Perspective

Perspective in graphic design refers to the three-dimensional effect given to a flat image as design composition and designer can use this technique to create an illusion of depth and in visual hierarchy objects closer to you drive more attention.

Perspective Visual Hierarchy Principles in Graphic Design Inspiration Guide

Conclusion

Hope you find this blog post about visual hierarchy useful and help you to create better graphic design projects and learn how to focus the most important elements from your design.

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