What's in an image?

(Cross-posted from our sister blog, Create & Express)

"Design elements and principles describe fundamental ideas about the practice of good visual design that are assumed to be the basis of all intentional visual design strategies. The elements form the 'vocabulary' of the design, while the principles constitute the broader structural aspects of its composition. Awareness of the elements and principles in design is the first step in creating successful visual compositions. These principles, which may overlap, are used in all visual design fields, including graphic design, industrial design, architecture and fine art." (read more at Wikipedia) (Visit this web page if you'd like to explore Design-Elemente und Prinzipien in German.

Watch the presentation describing the Elements and Principals of (Graphic) Design: Line, Form and Space, Movement, Color, Texture, Direction, Proportion, Balance, Gradation, Repetition, Contrast, Harmony, Dominance, Rhythm, Unity and Variety,

The Elements and Principles of Design

Notice how the photo credits are presented at the end of the presentation - a good example of one way to give credit to the photographers.

This presentation goes into more detail for each of the elements:

This third presentation is titled "Design Elements- Texture, Color, Form + Function", and it shows interesting, even intriguing, images, without telling you what they illustrate. Can you figure it out?
Design Elements- Texture, Color, Form + Function

Do you think there might be similar elements and principals of design for writing?