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Graphic 'Techniques' help needed!

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by lukedavies, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. lukedavies

    lukedavies Member

    Hi there guys, apologies for taking over the forum recently! I have yet another thread to start..

    I'm just wondering if anyone could help me on some homework my photography tutor has given me, in preparation for my interview. He wants me to understand and tell him what these terms are.. i can't find anything on the net..

    1) The Golden Triangle
    2) The Rule of Thirds (I've done this)
    3) Graphic Balance
    4) Lead-ins
    5) The Triangle of Interest

    Your help is appreciated! Thank-you.
  2. I only know 2 @ 4.

    2. The thirds rule (or Golden Section) is a way of dividing a work area into thirds, obviously! For some reason, we, as humans find this arrangement pleasing to the eye. Strangley, also features a lot in nature. Nautilus shell and Fibonacci numbers.

    4. Lead-ins surely guide the eye to the focal point of the image? Using repetition, perspective, foreshortening, contrast, focus etc. one can take the viewer's eye on a journey throughout the image, to the focal point of the image. Some photography works where there is no lead-in though - like a Where's Wally.
  3. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    In terms of photography
    1) bit of a misnomer - it's the spiral as found in shells and other curved things. It does have a formula but it's basically this


    2) 3x3 grid overlay of the image. All to do with balancing out the image - link with more info

    3) can't say I've ever heard of the term but it could relate to white balance, contrast, exposure and that type of thing - ie how dark/light it is and balance against other objects in the scene.

    4) easiest way to think of it is basically a railway line leading your eye from the edge of the photo to a person in the scene. There are other options too including focus and depth of field.

    5) like 4 another thing to help with composition and guiding the eye around the photo, basically 3 main focal points to help guide the eye around a scene - link
  4. lukedavies

    lukedavies Member

    Thanks alot guys, very helpful :)
  5. Golden Triangle and Golden Section (#1 and #2) are kind of the same, aren't they?
  6. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    (1) golden triangle is the same as golden section and also golden ratio - neither of which have any relation to the rule of thirds (2) :)
  7. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

  8. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    ok maybe worded a bit weirdly lol

    Basically golden triangle, golden section and golden ratio all relate to the same 'spiral' I mentioned earlier and have nothing to do with the rule of thirds which is the 3x3 grid.

    Leelovesbikestoo was saying question 1 and 2 were the same answer when they're not, they're different aspects relating to design and photography.
  9. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    That was my reaction when they told us about the golden section/ratio in a-level art. Never even thought about it since.
  10. cololoco

    cololoco Junior Member

    Reading posts like this one makes me realize that it's all about keep learning!
  11. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Make a point of learning the stuff that you can use. Don't waste your time on golden triangles.

    and remember that you can sometimes colour outside the lines.
  12. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah I can't say I use the golden triangle rule but I do use rule of thirds, lead ins and to a point the triangle of interest in my cad renderings.
  13. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    I use the rule to draw a straight line.

    That's the only rule I have.
  14. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Then why are your lines wibbly? :p
  15. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

  16. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Harsh punchline. Has ANYONE got any practical use for the Golden Wotzit aside from it being handy filler for art theory tutors?
  17. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    yeah Mr Snail, his mobile home is made from the shape and it's really handy for him to carry on his back. I think a few Mr Crab's are following his example too.
  18. Nick M

    Nick M Junior Member

    I am guessing that you can have straight lead ins to an image and also have curved lead ins as in the 'shell' scenario - both can be used to manipulate the viewers eye.
  19. Josella Caci

    Josella Caci Member

    Balance in Design - Balance in general is seen as equal visual weight. ‘Symmetrical Balance’ would be described as a central axis dividing the composition in the middle, horizontally or vertically, with the same design on both sides, what we would think of as a mirror reflection.

    Hope it helps
  20. Josella Caci

    Josella Caci Member

    Graphic Design Terminology

    I found this website for you, could come in usefull.
    (Think i neeed to read up on this myself actually)

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