The Periodic Table of Design
Great design balances artistic techniques and principles with scientific precision. And that combination gives us designers a lot of tools to work with.
First, you have the basic principles of design. While each design discipline employs these differently, you’ll find the same considerations at the core of each practice: balance, color, texture, proximity, etc. These form the foundations of all forms of design.
Then, layered on top of these foundational elements, you have the various tools we use to implement those principles. You might use digital applications and frameworks, like InVision for collaboration, Pinterest for inspiration, and Bootstrap to set parameters. Or, you might kick it old school and grab your trusty pen and paper to sketch out your ideas. Either way, you’ve developed some methods and habits that help your creativity flow.