"All visual design can be reduced to seven elements, factors, or dimensions. These elements are line, direction, shape, size, texture, value, and color. These elements are the building blocks of art structure. They are the alphabet or or scale of graphic expression."
      -Maitland Graves, author of The Art of Color and Design, 1951
       
The Elements and Principles of Design
    The elements and principles of design create an order out of the chaos of visual thought, providing a language by which to discourse about art. Without such language, critique would be reduced to simple statements about likes and dislikes. As artists, we have an obligation to be able to speak and write about our art and other's, just as a scholar has the obligation to share research with others within their academic community. Artists are no different than scholars. Indeed, they are the visual and conceptual scholars of their medium.