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What's Covered

Hello and welcome to today's lesson on unity. This lesson will introduce the unity principle, why it's important, and then show a few examples of unity in practice. Specifically, this lesson will cover:

  1. Defining Unity
  2. Unity in Action

1. Defining Unity

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

Term to Know

    • Unity
    • 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. Many will argue that unity is the main goal of any piece.  A design or photo, drawing or painting, is most effective when everything in the piece is in agreement with each other. 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.

2. Unity in Action

Take a look at the image below of a bridge.

Everything looks very unified, and some would argue that the bridge is what unifies this piece as a whole.

So what would happen if we removed this bridge? It would feel like something is off. There would be an emptiness and a lot of negative space. The image needs the bridge to really bring this piece together.

Now look at the image below of two boats.

It's just a very balanced photo: things are where they need to be and it ties together nicely. But if one of the boats was missing it would not feel the same anymore.

Finally, refer to the image of a pattern below.

If you added something, instead of removing something, there is still a loss of unity.

Suddenly, the circle breaks unity in this piece. 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.


That concludes today’s lesson on defining unity, a design principle that brings elements togetherand seeing what unity looks like in practice.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!


Terms to Know

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