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Creating Contrast

• Value and Color

• Large and small: placing mass in space
• Shapes and lines
• Angles and diagonals
• Dimension: expand the space
• Mood and emotions

Be Moody.
  • Although a viewer may not be able to identify the mood specifically, shapes, colors and forms all contribute to an abstract sense, a feeling or experience.

  • For example: horizontals tend to 'feel' more peaceful, restful, or static than diagonals

  • Images, of course, deliver loads of mood, as does typography

  • Be sensitive. Look for consistency of mood, or
    else be aware of contrasts that crop up.

  • Inappropriate combinations of emotional stimuli can be jarring or unsettling (which may be a good thing in
    some cases).

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Fragment of an Empire,
Stenberg Brothers, 1929 (1)