Taking action, effective and thorough alignment in your visual composition is arguably the most basic, yet overlooked, skill of the designer. With practice, the alignment of shapes, objects, and elements will become second nature and should be used as a guiding principle in any design work you do upon a computer.
Text and images are the most basic elements of a design. Generally speaking, they are treated as opposites. Laying them side-by-side or alternating them creates visual interest on their own. But, when used together, they become more powerful than either one on its own. The following photographs demonstrate ways in which alignment can be applied to text and images. When an image and text are treated as one, adding alignment offers a powerful way in which to effortlessly convey a cohesive message.
Much of the most successful design work entails utilizing multiple elements in a single frame. There are many ways to visually link two or more elements. With the following examples, I demonstrate how alignment can be used to create strong, dynamic compositions. The first example uses three separate images, two of which are aligned to the left and one to the right. In this type of alignment, the left margin of the image in the center stands out more than the edges of the others. Next, I demonstrate that images aligned side-by-side can be a remarkable way to connect disparate visual elements.
The most famous example of this is when he makes his traffic poles out of the engine block and headgasket of a car. In addition to designing the poles, he also serves as the creator and artist for the body panels and logo of these orange, glowing machines.
In this photo, the three elements are all aligned in the same direction and on the same axis. This type of alignment will work well when your design has several images which are unselfconsciously juxtaposed. d2c66b5586