Like many people on the Internet, I’m a self-taught graphic designer. I’ve never taken a graphic design course in my life, and in my opinion, it’s a strength. Design is something you can definitely learn yourself, and there’s a wealth of information available on the Internet to do it. This collection of graphic design tips especially for a beginner designer will shortcut a lot of learnings that I’ve picked up over the years through trial and error!
These principles are concerned with how components in a visual may be organized, and are usually the first steps a designer may consider or apply. They are also a good point for starting analysis. Composition, figure, ground, balance, contrast, cropping, hierarchy, scale, proportion and pattern are all design principles.