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Part of the design that catches attention; an area that stands out from the use of color, texture or shape etc.

Focal Point

An area in design that the architect emphasizes.


The path the eye takes when looking at a design; this path can be directed by lines, edges, shape and color.


Works using pattern to make the design come together; this principle creates unity in the piece.


When all parts in the design and structure relate well to each other in size, amounts or numbers.


When one or more elements of design are used to create organized movement; creates a feeling.


The use of several elements of design in a design to hold the viewer's attention.


The feeling of harmony between all parts of the design; creates a sense of completeness.

Electric Design

Mixing and matching of styles, shapes, themes, periods that still follow the elements of design.


This design, shows equality between its elements visually and structure wise.


Parts of this design are not visually equal but are similar in height and weight.

Organic Design

This type of architecture promotes harmony with nature through design so that the structure blends in with the environment.


Designing a structure that stands on its own regardless of how old it is; this includes maintenance.


The profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their look and feel.


Repeated element that increases or decrease by size and shape.


A design that is fit for living and habitation.


The manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts.

Informal Design

A more random design; a design that is lacking order and it does not have visual organization.


To design using artistic expression in the structure so that the client likes the way it looks.

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