How does a dot turn into a line to create a shape that makes up a composition? What?! Missed your design fundamentals class again? Looks like you'll need to borrow our notes. Design Fundamentals: Notes on Visual Elements and Principles of Composition looks and functions like a student's sketchbook with handwritten notes and illustrations that capture the key concepts and assignments taught in a foundation course on the elements and principles of design. More than just a collection of gorgeously illustrated notes, this "notebook" is an essential guide to the basic elements of composition-dot, line, shape, form, color, texture, and pattern-as well as the principles for composing the elements on flat surfaces (paper, canvas, screens) and in three dimensions. Fun and fast-paced, this creative notebook isn't required reading, it's desired reading; and it's the second in a series of Design Fundamentals books that students will want to keep and enjoy long after they've mastered these basic building blocks of design. This book includes: *(Core instruction on the foundational elements of visual design and the principles of composition including hierarchy, unity, balance, and rhythm * Exercises and projects for practice and concept development*(Strange and delightful illustrations created specifically for this book (to inspire action)* A companion website stocked with additional projects, a bibliography, glossary, and links to additional visual examples.