Basic Design: Space

I thought it would be important to start with the absolute basics of good design. I don’t mean to offend anyone out there who already has an understanding of the basics but a lot of people out there don’t and maybe a review couldn’t hurt. Also I don’t claim to know it all so comments and suggestions would be great.

Our goal is to provide a wide range of information to a wide range of interested and interesting people. We look forward to getting to know you. In order to create the design of your desires, it is important to understand the basic elements of design.The basic elements of design are the fundamental building blocks needed for a successful design.

The Basic Design Elements are:

  • Space
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Color

These elements have a wide range of applications and apply to graphic design, interior design, and art. Will be discussing each element at greater length in a series articles.



Space is the area provided for a specific purpose. A space consists of two or three dimensions. An example of a two dimensional space (length and width) could be your computer screen, a floor or wall of your home or your paper. A three dimensional space (length, width, height) is a room or dwelling.

Any shape can be divided into specific parts, no matter its size or shape. A computer screen can be divided into parts by downloading various images, depending on the program being utilized. A floor can be divided into parts with the addition of a rug. A piece of paper can be visually separated into parts by drawing lines on it.

The way a space is divided can cause the viewer to experience a range of emotions. A visually appealing space can cause the viewer to experience contentment and interest. A space with too little content can leave a viewer wishing for more while conversely, a space with too much content can cause one to feel overwhelmed and disinterested.

Space is affected by the size and number of objects in it. Organization and unity are important when designing your space.

About the Author: Pamela is one of the co-creator of Creative Design Studios. She is also an Interior Designer. If you would like to know more about Pamela you can visit our About page here.

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