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Illustration by Roman Cieslewicz (1930-1996), date unidentified
Graphic design is the applied art of selecting, creating and arranging marks on a surface to communicate a message. These marks may be letterforms (typography) or of other media such as drawing or photography.
It encompasses the creative work done in many media, such as print, digital media, motion pictures, animation, product design, packaging, and information signs. Graphic design as a practice can be traced back to the origin of the written word, but only in the late 19th century did it become identified as a separate discipline.
Some fundamental principles of design are alignment, balance, color, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, proportion, proximity, repetition, rhythm, texture, unity, and white space. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic_design [Mar 2006]
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