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Source: Image of Florence bridge, public domain Image of boats in Port Haven, public domain Image of cube design, public domain

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Hi, everyone. My name is Mario. And I'd like to welcome to today's lesson, which will be unity.

So we'll introduce the unity principle, talk about why it's important, and then show a few examples of unity in practice. So as always, feel free to pause, fast forward, and rewind as you see fit. And when you're ready to go, let's get started.

So let's begin by defining what unity actually it is. Now, unity is a design principle that brings all the elements into a visual oneness. So what this refers to is linking various elements of work together to create an effective visual piece or design. And many will argue that unity is the main goal of any piece, because a design or photo, or drawing, or painting is most effective when everything in the piece are in agreement with each other. So it's important to note that all elements in the visual design are interdependent, which means they all work together to form unity and one design.

So let's look at a few examples here. We have this image of lovely bridge. And everything looks very unified. And I'd argue that the bridge is what unifies this piece as a whole. And it does so quite literally as well.

So what would happen if we removed this bridge? Now, excuse the terrible job, but let's pretend that this is a painting and that it initially looked like this. It feels like there's just something off.

There's this emptiness. And there's a lot of negative space. And there needs to be some other element added to this to really bring this piece together.

So similarly, we have this image of these two boats. And this fantastic ocean somewhere, where I wish I was. And it just works, right? I mean, it's just a very balanced photo. Things are where they need to be. And it ties together real nicely.

But what if, again, one of the boats was missing? It's not quite the same anymore. And I kind of feel better for that boat now. It looks rather lonely. But again, there's just something missing. There's something that needs to be there to unify this piece, again.

So lastly, we have this really cool-looking pattern. And now, again, keep in mind that unity can be applied to many things-- painting, 3D renders, photos, drawings, and not just old paintings from the Mona Lisa day. So like I said, we have this really cool pattern. And what if we added something, instead of removed it this time?

Suddenly, the circle breaks unity in this piece. And it's become one of those pieces now that I'd imagine seeing in a museum, you know? And of course, there's always someone who understands this piece more than others and he's usually the one stroking his chin and saying something like, oh you know, this man's a genius, because he broke unity in this piece, and it's aggressive and rebellious, and avant-garde, and whatever-- things like that. But anyway, it's a circle resulted in a disproportionate and broken design, and, therefore, lacked unity. So typically, when nothing distracts from a piece as a whole, there's a good likelihood that that piece is unified or that there's unity in the piece.

So that about brings us to the end of our lesson. Or keyword, again, was unity. My name is Mario. I hope you've enjoyed today's lesson. And I'll see you the next one.

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A design principle that brings all the elements into a visual oneness.